Spirits were certainly low after the way Central Catholic defeated Parkland in Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys lacrosse championship. But all is not lost if you ask Trojan head coach Brad Schifko.
Just as Parkland seemed to take control of the game in the third quarter, Central had an answer. The top-seeded Vikings (19-1 overall; 12-1 EPC), after trailing 10-7 in the third, scored six of the next seven goals to secure their first EPC championship in school history with a 13-12 win at Northampton High School.
Parkland and Northampton could meet one more time this season, depending how the district playoff brackets shakes out. If that happens, the Kids will surely hope Trojan starting pitcher Mike Jenkins isn’t on the mound again.
The LaSalle-bound senior beat Northampton for the third time this year when he held the Kids to four hits Monday in a 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal win.
In three games this season against Northampton, Jenkins has allowed no runs on 11 hits over 21 innings. Parkland won the regular season meetings 8-0 (on April 11) and 3-0 (on May 8).
After going undefeated through the regular season, the Parkland softball team continued to roll as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs got underway last week.
The Trojans earned the top seed and cruised past Northampton last Friday, 9-1 in a quarterfinal game. They followed that with a win over Bethlehem Catholic Monday, 4-1.
After the win over Northampton, Parkland third baseman Chelsea Morgan said there’s no added pressure protecting an unblemished record in the postseason. The team just tries to win each inning and plays game by game.
If there was any doubt about Parkland being a dynasty before Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls lacrosse championship, the Lady Trojans left Northampton High School with little still in question
Camryn Barnett scored a game-high five goals, and Abby Pope and Morgan Herd each scored four in Parkland’s 14-10 victory over Easton in the EPC championship game. The win was the Lady Trojans’ fifth consecutive league title.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
The Parkland track and field teams ended the regular season last week and both finished at or near the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings.
Parkland’s boys team went 11-0 this season and tied Pleasant Valley for the regular season league title. The Trojan girls team finished 10-1 this season and was tied with Liberty for second place in the league, just behind Stroudsburg (11-0).
Parkland ended the boys lacrosse regular season Monday night with another statement win and a nearly unblemished record that will go into the books as the team’s best ever.
The Trojans finished 17-1 overall and 12-1 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play. Since a loss to Central Catholic in the second game of the regular season, back on March 30, they’ve reeled off 16 straight wins.
The win streak includes a payback win against the Vikings last week as well as wins over perennial state tournament teams like Cumberland Valley, Hershey and Manheim Township.
Parkland’s baseball and softball teams will both begin play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs in the next few days.
The Trojan baseball team was 10-4 in league play through Monday’s win over Northampton. They trailed the Konkrete Kins by half a game for the Skyline Division lead and were tied with Emmaus, just a half-game ahead of Nazareth in a tight division race.
No offense to Nazareth, but its tennis team is really becoming a thorn in the side of the Parkland team. It was Nazareth that beat Parkland during the regular season, snapping the Trojans’ 152-game conference win streak, and then, Nazareth knocked Parkland out of the District 11 team tournament with a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
Plenty was on the line in Monday’s Emmaus-Parkland girls lacrosse rematch.
For one, the host Trojans had a chance at redemption after Emmaus used a strong second half to top Parkland last month, 13-12. But more importantly, the No. 1 seed for this week’s Eastern Pennsylvania playoffs was up for grabs.
Not only did the Trojans earn that top seed on their home turf Monday night, they left little doubt as to why. Parkland (9-1 in EPC, 14-4 overall) jumped out to an 8-0 lead through the first half and was never tested en route to a 14-2 rout of the Hornets (8-2, 13-5).