Parkland senior football players Jahan Worth and Kobe Thomas have had decorated careers on the gridiron the last four years. And the duo will get to continue their high school football careers for one more game before heading off to play on the Division I level in college.
Worth and Thomas were recently selected to play in the 61st Annual 2018 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer was asked to describe his team’s five-set win over Northampton last Tuesday evening, he used the word ‘respond.’
The Trojans did indeed respond, twice over the course of the match. They responded after losses in games one and four to defeat the Kids 3-2 by scores of 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 15-11 at Northampton Area High School.
After losing their season opener to Bethlehem Catholic, Parkland may have been looked at by other EPC teams as possibly being on a bit of a down season.
It’s been a couple weeks since that loss and teams are now realizing that the Lady Trojans were just taking a little longer than usual to get themselves settled in for the season.
Since the 2-0 opening day loss, Parkland has rattled off five straight wins and Kelly Dulaney has thrown three shutouts.
Parkland senior Jake Nimeh is a two-sport athlete who excels at both hockey and golf. He just recently finished off a high school playing career on the ice last month, helping to lead the Trojans to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League championship and a berth in the Flyers Cup.
It was not only his success on the ice that stood out, but his play off the ice that was noticed by the hockey world.
Plenty of talent graduated from last year’s Parkland track and field team, on both the boys and girls sides. In particular Morgan Sherwin and Connor Tempro, both who participated at last year’s state meet.
Sherwin earned a medal at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in Hershey when she tied for second in the high at five feet, five inches. Tempro also participated in the 400-meter dash on the high school’s brightest stage.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was plagued by a slow start and was not able to make a comeback last Saturday morning, falling 11-7 in a nonconference game to Wilson West Lawn at Parkland High School.
The Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) opened their season with consecutive wins against Moravian Academy and Central Catholic before facing the Bulldogs.
The yearly tilt against Wilson, a perennial tough opponent from the Reading area and District 3, is used as a measuring stick for Parkland.
After a season-opening setback to rival Central Catholic, the Parkland boys lacrosse team responded with a nonconference win over Wilson West Lawn three days later, beating the Bulldogs 9-5 last Saturday at Parkland High School.
While the 14-12 defeat to the Vikings was one that may have gotten away, it did not sting for too long for the Trojans (2-1 overall, 1-1 EPC).
Parkland softball coach Barry Search has a young, inexperienced team that he knows is going to take some time to pull everything together. If you talk to him about his team, the term “work in progress” is going to come up often. Search was faced with what every coach of a young team dreads: a tough early schedule. In this case, Bethlehem Catholic, Emmaus, Northampton and Liberty comprised much of the early schedule for the Lady Trojans.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team will lean on its offense in 2018. The Trojans boast one of the strongest offensive attacks in District 11. Multi-year leading scorer Camryn Barnett, a senior, leads a talented returning group that includes Abby Pope, Morgan Hurd, Emily Leiby and Mackenzie Roth up front.
For years now, the Parkland baseball team has just rolled out one pitcher after another and never had questions about who was going to be in their starting rotation. The Trojans would combine those quality arms with an emphasis on defense and would easily cover any deficiencies they may have had offensively.
For the first time since Kurt Weber took over as the head coach in 2016, the pitching machine has had a hiccup. Parkland returns just one pitcher starter from last year’s team and has a help wanted sign out to fill out the rotation.