While Emmaus and Parkland have both put together strong seasons in field hockey, the programs have come from very different places to get to where they are right now.
Emmaus has been constant under veteran head coach Sue Butz-Stavin, who is the winningest high school field hockey coach in the country. The Hornets have won 30 straight District 11 championships and look to make it 31 after going through the regular season undefeated.
The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
The Parkland field hockey team fought through every game this season and came to its penultimate East Penn Conference game of the season with just one lone tie as a blemish on its record. Coming into Tuesday night’s matchup with perennial power Emmaus, the Trojans 13 wins were the most in a season for them since 2010 when they also won 13 regular season games.
The Parkland girls soccer team hosted a tough Governor Mifflin team this past Saturday and was able to pick up a 3-0 win to stretch its season win streak to 14 games. The problem was that the nonconference game left Parkland without its first- and second-string goalkeepers who both suffered injuries in the win. Starter Zia Reed went down early in the game when she took a knee to the back and backup Teresa Gonzalez took over and made it to the final minutes before she too went down with an injury. Gonzalez finished out the game, but was unable to go against Emmaus on Monday night.
And the beat goes on.
Parkland field hockey extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Northampton. While the three-goal victory may sound kind of easy, it was anything but easy.
While Parkland had an early edge in controlling play, Northampton regrouped and came out playing a much crisper and more physical game from midway through the first half until the final horn.
The incredible ride known as the 2019 Parkland girls tennis season continued last week, when the squad won the East Penn Conference regular season and tournament titles.
“What can I say, it’s just another chapter in a storybook season,” said Trojan coach Mike HIngston.
The Lady Trojans finished 14-0 in the EPC and 16-1 overall.
The conference championships were “a long time in coming,” according to the coach. Many of the players on this year’s championship squad were instructed or mentored years ago by teammates who have since graduated.
The Parkland girls and boys cross country teams have experienced much success this season thanks in part to what they did before the season started.
“Our success in part is because of the summer training,” said coach Stephen Ott. “We put a considerable amount of training in this summer. We had the mindset from the beginning to train fast, so we can race fast. Those that did the training are leading our team.”
When the Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams met in just the second game of the 2019 regular seasonr, the Trojans took control with the game’s opening goal only to see the Green Hornets score two unanswered, including the game-winner in overtime.
After that game, Trojan head coach Patrick Birns said that the two teams would see each other again, maybe more than once.
Statement wins don’t often come in September, but the victory Parkland earned last weekend was one.
Trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter, the Parkland football team scored 14 unanswered points to secure an important come-from-behind 21-17 win over previously undefeated Nazareth last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division action at Parkland School District Stadium.
Trevor Grimm posted a solid round of golf in last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament.
After shooting 79 in the event, held Monday, Sept. 23 at Olde Homestead, the Parkland senior finished in a tie for seventh place in a bunched boys field that saw just four strokes spate the boys winner from the eighth place finisher.
“I had my goal set on winning, which didn’t happen,” said Grimm. “But that’s all right. I can’t be too mad about shooting in the 70s here. I wanted to shoot under 80. That was kind of my goal coming into today, so that was good.”