The North Parkland Jr. Legion baseball team won the Muhlenberg Eastern Regional defeating Newtown 3-1 in the championship game. The Buffaloes went 5-1 in the tournament, winning a double header on the final day to overcome an earlier round loss to Newtown. North Parkland won the first game of the day 6-5 to force the final and deciding game. The Buffaloes had secured their Regional playoff berth as the Lehigh Valley regular season champ with an undefeated 16-0 record. During the season, the team gave head coach Jason “Cracker” Marakovits his 100th career win in his 5th season at the helm.
South Parkland isn’t a team that worried much about having its backs to the wall. In the regionals, after the Trojans first loss of the double-elimination tournament, the players basically shrugged their shoulders and went about their business to win the tournament and reach the Pennsylvania American Legion Tournament.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a rough start to this year’s summer league. It might not be a surprise considering the Trojans lost a lot of senior leadership to graduation last year, including all-time leading scorer Sam Iorio.
They struggled to win games to begin the summer league, and then at the Cedar Beach Bash tournament in late June. But the proud program, one that has played in the last six district championship games and won four of them, began to find its stride like it seems to do in every season, summer or winter.
Sometimes even the best of athletes have to wait their turn.
Morgan Sherwin, a 2017 Parkland High School graduate, saw plenty of action on the volleyball court as an underclassman. But it wasn’t until last fall that she really broke out and produced at a high level after playing behind a couple of All-District and All-State players as a junior.
With her success on the court and on the track, Sherwin has been named the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year.
For the last four years, Parkland boys basketball head coach Andy Stephens didn’t have to think too hard about who he was penciling in to the starting lineup at one of the forward spots. From his freshman year until the final game of his high school career last March, 2017 graduate Sam Iorio was one of the starting five for the Trojans.
He was a staple of a program that has won four of the last five District 11 titles, and played in the last six district finals. He has also been named this year’s Parkland Press Male Athlete of the Year.
If not for one very questionable call, South Parkland may have worked their way through the Region 2 Tournament without a loss. Instead, the call helped give Souderton a 6-5 win over the Trojans in 11 innings, sending them to the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament.
In the end, it didn’t really seem to matter to South Parkland as they got right back on track in their next game and didn’t seem to let anything bother them. Extra innings? No problem. Having to come from behind? No problem.
While Parkland High School has been noted for its outstanding athletes in many sports, there’s one sport that gets very little publicity. But two future Parkland graduates hope to change that.
Zachary Tamandl and James Soldridge, both of Schnecksville, are two avid bass fishing anglers. This pair of 17-year olds partnered recently to win a regional bass fishing tournament in the Chesapeake Bay area as members of the Junior Lehigh Valley Bassmasters.
There were some close calls and some blowouts, games where they could coast, and even a bench-clearing altercation. All of this occurred in a weekend of basketball for Parkland at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament.
The Trojans played the maximum number of games, winning their first six before dropping the seventh, the championship game, on their way to taking second place in the 48-team pool play format.
Throughout the regular season and the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, teams play seven inning games. Advancing to regionals adds a degree of difficulty for teams in that they now need to have enough pitching to cover nine-inning games. Of all of the teams in the Region Two Tournament, South Parkland may be best suited for the added wear and tear on pitching.
Not only has the pitching staff handled having to play nine-inning games, but its also had a couple of extra-inning games thrown in for good measure and has handled the workload just fine.
Unlike three weeks before at the Cedar Beach Bash Showcase tournament, the Parkland girls basketball team had mostly a full roster last weekend at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament at Cedar Beach Park.
That depth in the lineup propelled the Trojans to win four of their five games and advance to Sunday’s playoff bracket before falling to eventual champion Bethlehem Catholic in the quarterfinal round.