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.
After going undefeated through the regular season and the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs last year, North Parkland repeated as the regular season champion, finishing 16-2 this season.
The Buffaloes enter the postseason with an 11-game winning streak. Their only two losses came early in the season, dropping a 3-1 decision to Southern Lehigh and a 2-1 game to Coplay.
Those two losses spotlighted what was a chink in the armor for North Parkland early in the season: its offense.
Summer league basketball is about opportunities. Teams are trying to determine which types of systems and players will work out best come the season in the winter.
The Parkland boys basketball team will have a very different look to it coming off a District 11 championship last year. The Trojans will have to replace four starters and seven seniors which were the core of the team's run to two straight district titles, and dominating performances in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
North Parkland (10-2) and South Parkland (4-7) may be at opposite ends of the standings in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League, but they put on quite a show when they faced each other Sunday night. The game took just under an hour and fifteen minutes thanks to a pitching duel between North's Walt Roland and South's Sean Boyle.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third, and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural game four years ago.