Parkland’s Nick Kshatri has played at Woodstone Country Club three times in his high school golf career, including last year’s inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament, in which he shot an 81.
In his most recent trip to Woodstone for this year’s EPC Tournament, things didn’t go as smoothly for Kshatri.
Last season, Parkland just couldn’t beat Northampton in field hockey. The Konkrete Kids downed Parkland three times, including in the District 11 quarterfinals, by a combined total of three goals. This season, things have changed. The Lady Trojans downed Northampton 4-1 in the first meeting of the two teams and then picked up a 1-0 overtime win over Northampton Monday at home.
No one, not the East Stroudsburg University coaching staff or the players, could have envisioned how last season played out. Especially after a 1-0 shutout loss against Kutztown in the Warriors’ season opener.
But the ESU women’s soccer team didn’t just respond from that loss. The Warriors put together a historic season on the field that ended with a spot in the record books.
After the recent stretch of games that Parkland had to endure, three games in six days might seem like a breeze. The Trojans’ schedule had them playing five games in six days and they managed to weather the storm pretty well, but are a tired and banged up bunch at this point in the season.
Kelley Stump had plenty of success on the Parkland field hockey team just a few years ago. During her time there, the Trojans finished as league and district runner-up when she was a sophomore; that team also advanced to the PIAA semifinals. But a championship eluded her during her high school years.
As an undefeated team facing a winless team, it might not seem like much was on the line for the Parkland football team Friday night.
However, the Trojans played like the game meant everything, handing Pocono Mountain West a 63-20 loss on the Panthers’ home field.
“Our kids played hard.,” said Parkland head coach Jim Morgans. “Our kids don’t [look past any opponent]. They haven’t. This group of seniors has great leadership. They prepare themselves for these games.”
Parkland finished the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf season last week with a home match against Emmaus.
The Trojans tried to play spoiler as the Hornets needed the win to clinch their fourth straight league title, but Emmaus’ had three players shoot in the 70s en route to a 386-410 win.
That marked the second-closest match the Hornets played this season, as only Nazareth (392-415) got closer than the Trojans’ 24 stroke-margin against Emmaus.
Parkland head coach Mark Levan was satisfied with his young team’s effort as it finished off an 11-4 season.
Ho-hum, another shutout for the Parkland girls soccer team.
This time, it was a 2-0 win over Nazareth (7-2-1 EPC, 8-3-1 overall) for the Trojans 10th straight win and eighth straight shutout. Chelsea Hudson and Emily Piston scored for Parkland, while goalkeeper Regan Allsop turned away the only three shots that she had to face, thanks to a stifling defense in front of her.
Tuesday afternoon’s weather in the Lehigh Valley wasn’t exactly conducive to playing sports outdoors. The Nazareth and Parkland boys soccer teams found that out first hand as they played through soggy, slippery conditions and ended in a 1-1 draw.
Tyler Madeira put Parkland up 1-0 in the first half when he headed in a perfect cross from Ben Jago for the first goal of the game. Considering the conditions, it wouldn’t have been surprising if that edge had held up as the final score, but Nazareth got a goal from Ibraham Tounkara late in the game to tie the contest 1-1.
Parkland came away with a 3-2 win over Nazareth on Tuesday, but it certainly wasn’t easy. The game started in a downpour that eventually slowed to a light rain that continued throughout the game, making the field conditions less than desirable. The win was important to get Parkland back on track after a disappointing 3-3 tie with Pocono Mountain East (2-5-1 in the EPC, 4-5-2 overall) on Saturday.