The Parkland football team is not only playing its best football of the 2019 regular season, but it has all of the ingredients it anticipated for success this year back and healthy.
After several key players missed some time throughout the first eight weeks, the Trojans (7-2 overall, 5-2 EPC South) had everyone back last weekend and they overmatched Easton 27-9 for their fifth straight victory. Parkland will now host rival Emmaus (5-4, 3-4) in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division showdown on senior night Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
Parkland field hockey advanced to the East Penn Conference finals last week looking for its first conference championship since 2003.
Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, they ran into Emmaus, which was able to take a 3-1 win over Parkland to record its fifth straight EPC championship.
While the Hornets were able to dominate much of the play, Parkland made the most of its opportunities and the game was tied 1-1 for most of the contest.
The Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams have a habit of playing more than the usual 80-minute game.
Over the past few years the teams have needed overtime to settle their rivalry games and Tuesday’s East Penn Conference semifinal went into two extra periods before the Hornets came out on top 2-1.
The No. 2 seed Hornets got a first-half goal from Andrew Gaines, while the Trojans’ Alex Wilsterman scored a first-half goal for his team.
The Parkland football team played its most complete game of the 2019 regular season in defeating Stroudsburg 49-0 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference crossover game between teams from the North and South divisions.
The Trojans (6-2 overall, 6-2 EPC) rolled to their fourth straight win and recorded their first shutout of the season and tied their highest point total of 2019. They also put up 49 in the season-opener at Northampton.
The Parkland and Easton girls soccer teams did not met during the 2019 regular season. With the Trojans in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division and the Rovers in the Steel Division, there was no opportunity for a crossover matchup this year.
The two teams didn’t disappoint in a postseason game as junior forward Alex Marsteller scored a first-half goal and the Parkland defense held firm and the Trojans held on for a 1-0 win over Easton in the EPC semifinals Tuesday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
As the time expired on the scoreboard at Whitehall High School Tuesday evening, the Parkland field hockey team rushed the field and celebrated.
No, the Trojans didn’t win any hardware, yet. But the program achieved a first for all of the team’s players and it’s head coach.
Senior Madison Molchany scored two goals and sophomore goalie Tess Garchinsky and her defense stepped up when they needed to most in the second half as Parkland defeated Easton 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
The Parkland girls tennis team’s spectacular 2019 season continued through District 11 Class 3A tournament play, as the Trojans claimed their first district championship since 2013, defeating Southern Lehigh 4-0. With the win, the Trojans advance to the PIAA tournament.
“The kids deserve all the credit,” said Trojan head coach Michael Hingston. “They really have worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort into this. It’s just a great way to send the seniors out.”
By the end of the 2019 girls tennis season, Parkland coach Mike Hingston was in a tough spot. He had ran out of adjectives to describe Johanna Wu.
Throughout her senior campaign, Wu used her superior skill, superb strategy and laser-like focus to play solid tennis. But above all, she never said die.
“This girl is just such a competitor,” said Hingston earlier this season. “She does not give up”
The Parkland girls volleyball team knocked off No. 3 seed Central Catholic Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round of the East Penn conference playoffs.
The Trojans (12-5 overall) earned the No. 6 seed for the league playoffs and traveled to the Vikettes’ gym for the first-round game.
Brynn Dreisbach led Parkland with 19 kills and 18 digs in the win. Amber Resendez (20 kills), Lauren Ceh (13 kills), Leah Brunnabend (20 digs) and Jackie Malitzki (52 assists) also were big contributors in the win.
Parkland boys cross country team wrapped up a 16-1 season with a 5-0 showing in its final regular season East Penn Conference meet.
The Trojan boys beat Emmaus (23-32), Central Catholic (15-48), Whitehall (15-49), Allen (15-50) and Dieruff (15-50).
Parkland boys runners finished in the top two spots at the meet as the Trojans placed their top five runners among the first eight finishers.