The Parkland volleyball team might just be peaking at the perfect time.
If Tuesday’s dominating 25-10, 25-10, 25-14 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal round victory over Pleasant Valley is any indication, the arrow is definitely pointing up for the Trojans.
“Our consistency at the net was really good tonight,” said Parkland coach Mike Krause. “We struggled with some inconsistency early in the season, but we’ve been a lot better lately.
“I’m really happy with how we played.”
When Parkland took on top seed and unbeaten Emmaus in the first round of the East Penn Conference field hockey playoffs, the Trojans couldn’t have been more prepared. Just three days earlier, the two teams squared off in the regular season finale.
And despite being shut out this time around against the a dominant Hornet team, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen saw her team play much better with the lights brighter.
The Parkland cross country teams finished off the regular season last week with a meet at Lehigh Parkway.
The Parkland boys team, which had it’s top five runners finish 1-5 at the meet, went 5-0 to cap an undefeated season at 17-0. The Trojans beat Emmaus (15-48), Dieruff (15-50), Central Catholic (15-48), Whitehall (15-50) and Allen (15-50).
Riley Williamson took first place at the meet in 16:52, followed by teammates Nick Bower, Matt Santacoloma, Nate Reimer and Ethan Warren in second through fifth place, respectively.
Brian Badawika had been practicing a kick from the exact spot several times during the days before Tuesday’s East Penn Conference boys soccer playoff game. He was ready.
His time came last Tuesday at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
Badawika walked up to the penalty spot from about 10 yards away with a chance to deliver the Parkland boys soccer team a postseason win over rival Emmaus.
The Parkland football team has been playing its best football over the past few weeks.
The Trojans have built up some momentum after winning their last three games, which came on the heels of two consecutive losses.
That momentum continued last Friday night with a 24-0 shutout victory at Stroudsburg in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The eighth week of the 2018 high school football season saw two unbeaten teams fall as Freedom downed Emmaus and Northwestern took out Saucon Valley.
Here are recaps of some teams from around the area. See this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press for more about your local teams.
The Patriots scored a pair of late touchdowns to tie the game before winning with a two-point conversion in overtime to improve to 8-0 while handing Emmaus (7-1) its first loss.
The East Penn Conference announced pairings for championship week in field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
Field hockey action gets underway Saturday.
Emmaus earned the top seed and will take on Parkland, the eighth seed at Emmaus at 1 p.m.
Liberty is the four seed and will host Stroudsburg the fifth seed at 2:30 p.m. at BASD.
Pocono East is the third seed and will host sixth-seed Nazareth at 1:30 p.m. Easton is the second seed and will host Northampton at noon.
The semifinals are Tuesday, Oct. 16 with the finals on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The juggernaut that is Parkland’s boys and girls cross country teams continues to run toward another impressive season. Both squads headed into this week undefeated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings with the postseason just around the corner.
Both squads won all three of their matchups on Oct. 2 at the Little Lehigh Parkway, which featured Allen, Dieruff, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West.
“Our goal was to just take care of business,” Parkland head coach Loretta Dodson said, “to just get out there and run.”
Back on Sept. 6, nearly a month before their latest meeting, the Emmaus girls volleyball team got the better of rival Parkland, coming back from down two sets to one to earn an important early season win over a team that it has not found much success against of late.
But that was in the friendly confines of the Hornets’ Nest. Last Monday night, it was a different story.
Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns couldn’t have asked for a better start against one of the East Penn Conference’s top teams last week in rival Emmaus.
But despite that momentum and an early 1-0 lead, Birns expected Emmaus to come out of halftime looking like a different team. And the Hornets certainly did.