Lucas Kern is a four-year letter-winner for the Trojan wrestling team. But it wasn’t until this season that he was able to place at the competitive District 11 Class 3A tournament. He took fifth place at 145 pounds after earning a 4-3 decision over Blue Mountain’s Daniel Farrell two weeks ago.
A week later, Kern added another chapter to his wrestling resume. The Trojan senior went 4-2 at the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament, once again capturing fifth place in the loaded 145-pound bracket.
Parkland’s free throw shooting could have sealed the deal late against Pocono Mountain West in the District 11 Class 6A consolation game. But two misses late, and shooting 6-for-15 in the fourth quarter, forced overtime.
When that time came, the Trojans came out in the extra session with a sense of urgency. Parkland scored the first seven points of the overtime period to catapult the No. 5 seeded Trojans to a 45-39 win over No. 6 Pocono Mountain West last Friday night at Allen High School.
The Parkland boys swimming and diving team finished second in the team standings last weekend at the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships held at Parkland. Senior Gavin Webb and junior Shawn Kushner both came home with gold medals and the automatic bid to compete in states that comes with them.
Parkland ice hockey players had a sour taste in their mouths after ending the 2019-20 regular season with a loss.
But the taste didn’t linger long as Parkland won its next three games, all in the playoffs, including winning two straight in a best-of-three championship series against Northampton to earn a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League title.
Ethan Radio took gold at the East Penn Conference diving championships recently at Parkland High School and came into the district diving meet as one of the favorites for the top spot.
Radio put together another impressive showing and finished with a final score of 470.65, good enough for a silver medal and a trip to states. The top spot went to defending state champion Brendan McCourt, who set an Emmaus pool record with a score of 562.70.
Each of the last four District 11 diving championships have had Lexi Lehman and Alexa Brinker in the top two spots. Lehman won first in 2017, followed by Brinker in 2018 and then back to Lehman in last year’s event.
Had the pattern continued, Brinker would have garnered another gold medal this season, but it was Lehman who won the event with Brinker coming in second in this year’s district meet, held Saturday at Emmaus High School.
Both divers earned spots in the PIAA championship which takes place at Bucknell University next month.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a bit of tough luck in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal loss to eventual champion Allen. Twelve days later the Trojans experienced a little more of the same, as they fought and battled, but fell just short, falling to Easton 47-42 in double overtime of their District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round game last Saturday afternoon at Allen High School.
The Parkland wrestling squad took 10th place last weekend at the District 11 Class 3A tournament at the Liberty High School Memorial Gym.
The Trojans finished with 67 points. The Nazareth Blue Eagles took the team title with 291.5 points.
Two wresters in particular - Bryan Diaz at 132 pounds and Lucas Kern at 145 pounds - performed well against the district’s best.
Kern beat Blue Mountain’s Daniel Farrell 4-3 in the fifth place round. Diaz had a strong tournament, but could not handle Whitehall’s Xavier Arner, losing a 3-2 decision in the fifth place round.
After a win in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class 6A girls basketball tournament, Parkland had locked up a spot both in the district semifinals and in states. The Trojans looked to advance to the district championship game, but things went off the rails for them Tuesday night at Catasauqua High School when they lost a 52-26 decision to top-seeded Nazareth.
“We just didn’t look ready to play and that comes back on me,” said Parkland head coach Ed Ohlson after the loss. “We have to play better than we did tonight and be better prepared or we’ll be in a lot of trouble.”
The 45th annual Parkettes Invitational was held a few weeks ago, and a number of Parkland gymnasts had impressive showings. The level 10 PKI team also won the team championship at the event.
Parkettes finished with 115 all-around team points (28.95 in vault, 27.55 on bars, 29.175 on beam and 29.325 on floor) to earn first place. Hill’s narrowly came in second place with a team score of 114.75, and North Stars rounded out the top three with 114.525, respectively.