With the parity that exists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division in 2017, every win is a big one.
After five mostly convincing wins to open the season, the Parkland football team came from behind for the first time this year, and held on for a 31-21 win last Friday night at Whitehall High School.
This week the Trojans host an undefeated Bethlehem Catholic in a battle between the last two unbeaten teams in the EPC.
For 40 minutes Monday evening, Parkland was shut out against rival Emmaus. One could even argue the host Hornets edged the Trojans in possession and key chances on goal in the first half.
The final 40 minutes was a completely different story. And Parkland got a boost from a familiar source.
Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.
Gut-wrenching. Grueling. Disappointing.
Those words were used to describe Parkland’s girls tennis match against Southern Lehigh Saturday in temperatures approaching 90 degrees. In all, the match took well over four hours to complete thanks to a couple of late singles matches that both went Parkland’s way. When all was said and done, the Lady Spartans had pulled out a 4-3 win over the Trojans
The Parkland golf team might have been the hottest team in the league heading into Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
After four early-season the losses, the Trojans won every match they played since August 24, including last week’s one-stroke victory over previously-unbeaten Emmaus.
The Trojans didn’t have their best day at the league tournament, held at Woodstone Golf Club Monday, but they managed a fourth-place finish in the event with a team score of 352, one shot better than Emmaus and one below defending league champ Nazareth.
The Parkland boys and girls cross country teams each picked up three wins on Tuesday to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The boys beat all three of their opponents in convincing fashion: Stroudsburg (24-33), East Stroudsburg North (15-50) and East Stroudsburg South (15-50). Nicholas Bower (17:05) and Riley Williamson (17:06) placed first and second, respectively, to lead everyone. Four of their teammates also placed in the top 10 to pace the Trojans: Nate Reimer (6th, 17:58), Ethan Warren (7th, 18:03), Jacob Ringer (8th, 18:03) and Logan Iacobelli (10th, 18:04).
The Parkland football team is off to its best start in years with wins in its first games to start the regular season.
A difficult five-game stretch was placed in the middle of the schedule. So far the Trojans (5-0 overall, 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) are three-for-three, with victories over Liberty, Easton and Freedom the last three weeks.
Next up is another challenge, a trip to Whitehall (4-1 overall, 3-1 EPC South) on Friday night.
While both Parkland and Pleasant Valley have strong defenses, the Trojans have some offense to go with it.
The Bears could use a little more offense, so they were relying on their defense when they came into Parkland for a Saturday afternoon game.
Parkland gave upits first goal to an EPC opponent this season, but escaped with a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley in stifling heat.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
It’s hard to believe, but the regular season is almost over for high school tennis.
Parkland has just three matches remaining after beating rival Emmaus 7-0 on Tuesday at Emmaus High School. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament begins next Thursday and with a 9-3 record, Parkland is looking to play a big role in the postseason.