If the summer basketball circuit was a prelude to what the actual winter season will bring, the Parkland boys basketball team should have a long and successful season in 2014-15.
Just a week after the Trojans went unbeaten on their way to a championship at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star tournament, Parkland won every game on its way to a third consecutive Sportsfest A-town Throwdown title last weekend at Cedar Beach Park. It completed a sweep of the two elite summer tournaments held at the Allentown courts, going 6-0.
Just a week after losing in the championship game of the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, the Parkland girls basketball team once again advanced to the final day of an elite summer tournament. But this time it ended shorter than the Trojans had hoped.
Advancing to Sunday of the big summer tournaments is always the goal, and the Trojans found themselves in that position at the Sportsfest event this past weekend at Cedar Beach, albeit through the elimination bracket.
The happy ending to the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Basketball Tournament didn't come to fruition for the Parkland girls basketball. The Lady Trojans went unbeaten for nearly all of last weekend, except for the one that mattered most.
A couple of missed opportunities proved vital as the Trojans fell to Boyertown 23-22 in overtime of the final of the Stellar Tournament last weekend at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown, ending a successful weekend.
North Parkland was by far the best team in the Lehigh Valley Legion regular season, winning the league with a five-game cushion over second-place Southern Lehigh.
The Buffaloes were equally impressive in last week's LVL playoff tournament, going 5-0 over the four-day, double elimination event to capture another league crown.
"It must be our 24th or 25th," said long-time head coach Terry Stoudt. "We've won quite a few of them in a row now.
"This is a good group of kids. Hopefully we have a shot to go further."
It was only a year ago that the South Parkland Legion team finished in last place, three games below the next team in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings.
Despite the struggles in 2013, the Trojans bounced back this season to finish in fifth place. They headed into last week's LVL Tournament with hopes of reaching the title game.
South Parkland came up a run short, falling to Southern Lehigh, 5-4, in what amounted to a semifinal game Sunday afternoon at Limeport.
A hot start to their Lehigh Valley summer league season carried over into the biggest high school basketball weekend of the summer. The Parkland boys basketball team went undefeated, winning six straight at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament to take the title last weekend at Cedar Beach park in Allentown.
After beating Catasauqua to open up play on Friday evening, the Trojans took down Faith Christian on Saturday afternoon and only had to play two games the first three days. But it was a much longer Sunday, as is the case when a team is winning.
South Parkland could be one of those teams that others need to keep an eye on in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
While the Trojans finished in the middle of the pack (9-9) and are the league's fifth seed coming into the postseason, they've shown that there are some reasons to fear them in the double-elimination tournament.
The regular season ended with a strong 5-1 win over Fullerton (10-8), with Zach Miller picking up a single and a double to drive in two runs in the win, which gave South Parkland a three-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.
North Parkland's Evan McAndrew fired his second straight no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Emmaus Tuesday night. His first no-hitter came last Thursday in a 4-0 win over Fullerton and was a full seven inning no-hitter, unlike his latest, which was shortened to five innings by the league's mercy rule.
Heading into Thursday's 44th Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic, the Gold team (Northampton, Palisades and Phillipsburg) had won three straight games, and four of the last five after a 7-7 tie in 2010.
When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent a message early on that a reverse in that trend was in store.
If Tuesday night's summer league game was a tuneup for the upcoming summer tournaments, the Parkland boys basketball team will be rearing to go.
The Trojans dismantled an undermanned Easton team 68-34 at Cedar Beach last Tuesday night, their last game before opening up play at the annual Stellar showcase event which begins next Thursday night.
The Trojans had three different players score in double figures and had two more score eight in the rout of the Red Rovers.