The Parkland cross country teams opened their season last Saturday at the 37th Annual DeSales University Centaur Invitational.
The boys varsity team has big goals for this season and the Trojans looked on schedule to achieve those goals.
Led by top-five finishes from Hailemichael Geiger and Dan Kyvelos, the Parkland boys won the varsity team title by seven points over second-place Owen J. Roberts.
When asked before the season about replacing eight starters on defense from last year’s team, head coach Jim Morgans was quick to note that there are still a lot of players back that have valuable experience and that this may be the most depth the Trojans have had in years.
The Parkland defense proved its head coach correct in shutting out Dieruff over the first half of last Friday’s season opener. The Huskies got their two touchdowns in the second half after Parkland’s first team had mostly been on the sideline.
Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The Union held a press conference announcing it will continue its player development structure by launching its own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
Even with the Bulls just coming off a five-run inning in the top of the third, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie had a few words for his teammates and players going into the fourth: "We're not done yet."
The Bulls' offense certainly wasn't finished, but that would have been more than enough with pitcher Jared Schaffer dealing on the mound.
After a pair of deflating losses in Games 3 and 4 of their Blue Mountain League semifinals matchup against Northampton, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie knew two things: The Bulls needed a quick start and their bats needed to come alive in Game 5.
Limeport scored 15 runs in Games 1 and 2 of that series to take a 2-0 lead. But the bats seemed to disappear after Northampton evened the series at two games apiece and held the Bulls to just one run.
After plenty of success in the Tri-County ranks in recent years, the Northern Yankees transitioned to the Blue Mountain League a year ago with much of the same triumph. In their inaugural BML season, the Yankees were one of the final four teams standing in last year's playoffs.
But a 1-0 series lead in the semifinals against Limeport quickly diminished to a 3-1 series defeat in a matter of days, leaving an uneasy feeling in the Yankees' stomachs.
Just a week ago, it looked as if the road to another championship appearance in the Blue Mountain League would be easy for Limeport.
The Bulls, who finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs at 25-11, quickly built a 2-0 series lead against the Northampton Giants. A pitching spectacle from ace Adam Maini in Game 1 led to an 8-0 win. A 7-5 victory the next day brought the Bulls within one win of their fourth championship appearance in six years.
Someday, Matt Gillette might entertain running a half-marathon or even a marathon. In the meantime, Gillette is enjoying himself on the 5K circuit.
The former Parkland High School and Shippensburg University standout recently won the Emmaus Dash and Splash 5K and has been among the top finishers in various races across the Lehigh Valley and beyond. A few weeks earlier, Gillette won the Firecracker 4-mile race in Easton.
The Cooperman family has a successful tradition of baseball.
Casey, the oldest of three brothers, just finished a successful collegiate season at Bloomsburg University. Tyler is right in the middle of his journey at DeSales Unversity. And Chad just finished his junior season at Salisbury High School where the Falcons finished a game shy of reaching the district championship. All three share one thing in common success on the pitching mound.
The two prominent high school boys summer league tournaments were unkind to the Parkland boys basketball team in terms of championships. The Trojans lost in the final of the Stellar tournament to Archbishop Carroll and fell in the semifinal of Sportsfest to eventual champ Nazareth.
But Parkland ended its summer on a high note, bringing home the Stellar/Allentown Summer League title two weeks ago, defeating Bangor 59-37 at Cedar Beach Park.