Parkland Press

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hornets hand PHS loss in season finale

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus High School Marching Band was performing the 1982 Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” as the Parkland Trojans were on what proved to be their final offensive drive in their Oct. 26 game against the Green Hornets.

It was an apt musical selection, as this year’s edition of the Battle of Cedar Crest Boulevard was certainly a thriller. Down four points with two minutes remaining, Trojan quarterback Tanner Lewis had the boys methodically on the move for the go-ahead and possible winning touchdown.

Field hockey falls to EHS in playoff game

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The seniors on this year’s Parkland field hockey team were freshmen when head coach Lizzie Millen took over the program for the 2015 season. The team has played well for Millen over the four years, but the one thing it hasn’t been able to do is beat rival Emmaus.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they drew Emmaus in the first round of both the EPC and District 11 playoffs and had their season ended with a 7-0 loss in districts. The teams also met in a regular season finale in which Emmaus won 9-1.

Girls volleyball seeks fifth straight district title

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

In a rematch of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game, the Parkland girls volleyball team flipped the script and got the better of Nazareth 3-0 by scores of 25-10, 25-20 and 25-11 in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal round Tuesday night at Catasauqua High School to advance to another district final.

The Trojans have won four straight district championships. They will take on top seed Emmaus Thursday for this year’s crown. That game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. back at Catasauqua High School.

Lady Trojans top Emmaus

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In a game dominated by Parkland through most of the play, the Lady Trojans pulled off a 1-0 shutout of Emmaus in the District 11 soccer semifinals. The win guarantees Parkland a spot in the PIAA tournament and also a shot at a third straight district title when they face Easton Thursday night. The Lady Rovers (16-4) reached the finals by virtue of a 1-0 double-overtime win over Whitehall (17-4) in the other semifinal matchup. Parkland and Easton didn’t meet in either the regular season nor the postseason.

Girls soccer wins EPC title

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Playing against arguably one of the hottest teams in the Lehigh Valley, Parkland stayed calm throughout a scoreless regulation and then found a shot about a third of the way through overtime to pick up a 1-0 win over Nazareth in Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game. The win gave the Lady Trojans their fifth straight EPC championship.

Throughout the game, Parkland (16-2) had the better of play, but Nazareth was no slouch. The two teams seemed to keep much of the play in the middle of the field with both teams making an occasional run on the other team’s goal.

PHS boys XC earns league championship

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Riley Williamson gave everything he had. The Parkland boys cross country runner had just run a brilliant race Oct. 16 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course and was paying the price. Barely able to stand, arms draped around two others, eyes squeezed shut and wincing in pain, Williamson looked like the walking wounded.

PHS boys soccer advances in district tourney

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys soccer team fired shot after shot on the East Stroudsburg South net, but was having trouble getting one by the goal keeper.

After 21 shots and nearly 70 minutes of game action, the seventh-seeded Trojans finally broke through for a goal. They did so once more in downing the Cavaliers 2-0 last Tuesday night in the first round of the District 11 Class 4A playoffs at Parkland High School.

Senior Teagan Mangahas and junior Jackson Vanderpool both found the back of the net about four minutes apart from each other in the game’s final 11 minutes.

Girls volleyball falls in league championship

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Parkland did a solid job in the fourth set of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, limiting Nazareth hitter Maria Harding and tying the match at 2-2. It suddenly seemed as if all of the momentum swung to the Trojans’ bench.

And it had, until Harding and the Blue Eagles stepped on the court in the match-deciding fifth set.

Rovers roll over Trojans

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland and Easton football programs have a lot of rich tradition of winning. At least one of the two teams has played in the district final every year since 1996.

But when squaring off against each other on the gridiron over the last half decade, the results have been rather one-sided in favor of the Trojans.

Parkland had won the last seven meetings dating back to the 2014 season, including a couple of games in the district tournament. It had also outscored Easton 235-37 in that span.

But that all changed last Friday night.