Parkland Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Swim teams sweep Pocono Mountain East

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Parkland swimming’s 2018-2019 campaign launched successfully during early season meets.

In their most recent meet, a Dec. 18 dual-meet at Pocono Mountain East, the Lady Trojans won 111-59 and the Parkland men defeated their rivals 129-41.

The meet featured many individual standout performances. Claire Weaver won the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.10, while Kayla Johnson turned in a strong performance in the women’s 200-yard individual medley at 2:17.88. Sidney Webb took the men’s 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.33.

PHS wrestlers are off to a good start

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Parkland wrestling was dominant in its opening season matches Dec. 12 against Dieruff, earning a 61-7 win.

Coach Mike Ottinger’s squad wasted no time getting down to business as Nathan Kresge (113) won in a fall in 3:39. After Gabe Montanez (120) won in a forfeit, tough guy Lucas Kern took care of his opponent in a tough match in 5:33.

Bryan Diaz (132) used only 38 second to win his first matchup of the year, while Mason Lansenderfer (138), who is expected to be a significant part of the Trojans’ machine this season, got off to a good start in winning his match in 1:38.

Trojan hockey falls to first-place Freedom

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It is unfamiliar territory when the Parkland ice hockey team experiences a loss in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League play. But that happened earlier this season back in October, and the team that gave the Trojans their first league loss in years was staring at them across the ice again Monday evening.

And once again Freedom got the better of Parkland, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period to take down the Trojans 5-1 last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.

Boys beat Vikes on buzzer-beater

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Sophomore Trey Rolle wasn’t even expecting to play on varsity, let alone start his first career game last Friday night before showing up to the locker room.

But the young Trojan wiped away any jitters early on and hit what could turn out to be the biggest shot of his career, nailing a three-pointer as time expired to give Parkland an important 56-53 victory over Central Catholic in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.

Girls battle, fall short against Northampton

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northampton Konkrete Kids did what other teams haven’t been able to do this season: keep Claire Courter from putting up a pile of points in a game. The Kids defense held Courter to just four points and took a 43-40 win over the Lady Trojans Tuesday night at Parkland High School.

Victoria Keenan led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Jenna Rogers scored 13 for Northampton (4-1 overall, 3-0 EPC).

Lin, divers will lead Parkland girls team

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The success of 2018-2019 Parkland girls swimming campaign will come down to two factors: work ethic and a learning curve.

“We have a tremendous amount of work to do if we plan to continue to be successful,” said coach Robert Robitaille. “We are smaller than usual, due to a variety of factors. I am confident that the team will work diligently to engineer what we need to compete.”

The Lady Trojans roster is much less experienced than in years past, and the first few months of the season will be focused on developing that young talent as quickly as possible.

Hornets hand Trojans loss in EPC opener

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years, as have most teams in this area.

But the Green Hornets had a fast start against the Trojans in Tuesday’s East Penn Conference opener and never looked back. They opened a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. It was the Hornets’ first victory over Parkland since Dec. 20 of 2016.