The Parkland girls lacrosse team was using time to figure out certain roles for individual players after the graduation of several key pieces last season, and it has been rising into form of late.
After weather forced the Trojans to postpone their game with Central Catholic last Friday night, they used that extra day to prepare for their next opponent, North Penn. And it seemed to help.
After a six-game win streak in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play dating about a month, the Parkland boys volleyball team suffered its first league loss since the first of April to rival Emmaus. But the Trojans used a four-set defeat at Easton in the week prior as motivation and got back onto another win streak by sweeping Pocono Mountain East 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-16, 25-9 last Monday night at Parkland High School.
The Parkland softball team avenged its only loss of the season by downing Northampton 5-0 on a windy Saturday night.
The Trojans were powered by a dominating performance by Kelly Dulaney. Dulaney was perfect for 4 2/3 innings and finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
On flirting with a perfect game, Dulaney said, “I try not to think about it during the game. I just focus on my job and working with my defense.”
The Northampton softball team came to Parkland Saturday with a 13-game winning streak, its longest since 1990.
The Konkrete Kids were also looking for some revenge after Parkland no-hit them to open the season back in late March. The Trojans were ready for them, but it took until there was one out in the bottom of the seventh inning for Parkland to win the game.
Parkland (13-3 overall, 12-1 EPC) went into the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 4-4. Jeremy Piatkiewicz singled to lead off the inning and a well-placed bunt by Blake Barthol moved him over to second.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team may be under a new regime, but it has still played like its old self all year during the 2019 regular season.
The Trojans have met every obstacle that has come into their path so far this season under first-year head coach Mike Bender, a former Emmaus High School player. That continued last Thursday night.
Leading all game against rival Emmaus, Parkland was forced to show that it could finish in holding off a late rally from its rival en route to taking down Emmaus 9-8 at Parkland High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
Another high school boys tennis regular season is done, and for Parkland, it’s another season of game, set, match.
Coach Mike Hingston’s Trojans finished the 2019 regular season with an 11-2 record, stumbling only against Nazareth on April 10 and Emmaus on April 16, both times by 4-3 margins. As the regular season came to an end, Parkland finished strong, defeating Allentown Central Catholic 4-3 on April 11, Whitehall 5-1 on April 17 and shutting out Northampton 7-0 on April 18.
“We had a nice regular season,” Hingston said. “They definitely showed me something.”
After a tough 12-3 loss to Liberty earlier in the month, Parkland (11-2 overall, 10-0 EPC) bounced right back to win three straight before a loss to Hazleton in a nonconference game broke the string. The good news is that the Trojan baseball team again bounced back and beat Easton 4-3 in a game that was a long-time coming because of bad weather that had Parkland travel to Easton three times in an attempt to get the game in.
The Parkland boys track team has shown at least one thing during the 2019 campaign - they Trojans may get knocked down, but they won’t get knocked out.
After a defeat at the hands of Liberty on April 8, the Trojans rebounded with wins over Nazareth (100-50) and Whitehall (119-31) and a second-place finish in the Allentown School District Invitational on April 18 at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
“They just continue to get better,” said Parkland head coach Scott Levan.
After a heartbreaking 76-74 loss to Liberty on April 8, the Parkland girls track team rebounded with victories over Nazareth (91-59) and Whitehall (81.3-68.6) to go to 5-1 on the year. They also earned a strong second-place finish in a competitive Allentown School District Invitational meet April 18.
”I was pleased with the way the girls responded to the loss by continuing to get better against Nazareth and Whitehall,” said Parkland head coach Scott Levan.
The Lady Trojan softball team just keeps rolling along, picking up its eighth straight win with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over the Lady Cavaliers of East Stroudsburg South. The win gave Parkland back-to-back shutouts, coming on the heels of a 15-0 win over Pocono Mountain West late last week.
Against East Stroudsburg South, the Parkland bats went to work early on a cold, blustery day much better suited for football than softball. And they didn’t let up.