Parkland girls basketball head coach Wes Spence has been coaching long enough that he knows what he may or may not get in the form of a roster for games played during the summer. Summer basketball is used to find the identity for the upcoming season, and to get players acclimated to new teammates and the varsity level of play.
It is also a season that sees many of his players participating in other sports, including soccer, lacrosse, or even AAU basketball.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team wrapped up its competition last week, finishing with a record of 4-2 and taking fourth place after playing six games at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“The way they played and conducted themselves touched a lot of people there,” said Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan. “That inning where everything went wrong, a lot of teams would have folded up their tents, but we hit hard and never gave up.”
Since playing to a 0-0 tie against Coplay, South Parkland has pulled things together and has won six straight Lehigh Valley Legion games by a combined score of 49-10. That stretch includes a 13-1 win over rival North Parkland Tuesday night, upping the Trojans record to 9-5-1, leaving them just five points out of first place as the Lehigh Valley Legion heads into the final weekend of the regular season.
Tuesday night’s game was shortened to five innings by the league’s mercy rule.
In their second matchup, the South Parkland Connie Mack Baseball team walked onto the field hoping to rebound from a bitter 6-4 loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the season opener. The defeat had stung, especially for an experienced group of players who knew they had championship potential.
But the humbling experience must have awoken something in the team, because in the nine innings that followed, South Parkland blew away its opposition, Lehigh-Bethlehem, by a score of 13-3, dashing whatever doubt had crept into their minds following that game against Bethlehem Catholic.
Just like every summer, the Parkland boys basketball team is in transition mode. Having to replace the scoring and overall play of one of the program’s all-time great players in Sam Iorio, the Trojans are implementing more of a guard-oriented look, with the experience and leadership of returning players and upperclassmen Logan Rindock, Jake Bartholomew and Michael Ruisch returning from last winter’s varsity team.
The last week has been a difficult one for North Parkland’s Legion team. The Buffaloes were swept over the weekend by Coplay, falling by 4-3 and 18-1 scores. On Tuesday, North Parkland dropped a game to rival South Parkland 13-1 in five innings.
The Buffaloes got off to a good start against South Parkland when Carson Fracas and Alex Brosius delivered back-to-back one out doubles, with Brosius driving home Fracas with the go-ahead run, making it 1-0. There was no way of telling that from that strong start North Parkland would go on to struggle for hits through the rest of the game.
A five-run deficit proved too much to overcome for the North Parkland legion baseball team as the Buffaloes dropped a game to West Allentown last Thursday evening at Orefield Middle School.
The Hawks scored runs in every inning, moving ahead by five runs by the top of the fourth inning and growing their advantage to double digits with a seven-run sixth inning to take a shortened six-inning game, 13-3.
It was a tough two-day stretch for the Buffaloes, who lost to rival South Parkland the night before. North Parkland is 3-6-1 through 10 games.
The top senior high school football players in the Lehigh Valley got one last chance to suit up and take the field last Thursday night in the 47th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic.
Four Parkland players were part of the Red team, which lost 37-34 to the Gold team.
“I knew people who played in it and I was hoping I would get picked,” said Parkland offensive lineman Palmer Kerch. “This is a huge honor to play in this game.”
Kerch was joined in the game by Trojan teammates Patrick Ferry, Nick Suriel and DJ Hohman.
The game began with nothing more than a stick found in the woods and a homemade ball.
Today, Major League baseball is a $9.5 billion industry. Much of it profits around the manufacturing of baseballs, bats, gloves and uniforms.
South Parkland had plenty of opportunities. It just didn’t capitalize on those chances when it needed to most during Tuesday’s Lehigh Valley Legion game.
The Trojans left the bases loaded in the first two innings, the first with just one out, without scoring a run. Salisbury took advantage of those missed opportunities. The Falcons (6-1) scored two in the bottom of the second and held on for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Salisbury High School.