In just her first year running cross country, Parkland’s Maddie Zaun nearly tasted what the PIAA cross country meet was all about. She was one place shy of earning a trip to states a season ago.
But since that moment, she mad a promise to herself to reach Hershey in her second season. She came through on that promise last weekend.
In the biggest race of her career, on the most coveted stage for high school runners, Zaun capped a junior season in impressive fashion. She ran a time of 20:13 to pace the Parkland girls runners, placing 73rd out of the Class 3A 212 participants.
Senior leadership is great, but sometimes, it’s nice to have a young player come through with a big play in a big spot. That’s exactly what Jocelyn Fowler did when she took a corner kick for Parkland in the second overtime of the District 11 championship and played it perfectly, leading to the winning goal in a 1-0 game.
Why let a freshman take such an important kick? It turns out that Fowler was simply in the right place at the right time.
Parkland and Easton in the District 11 football playoffs. That’s nothing new, and it’s music to the ears of Trojans and Red Rovers fans, along with unbiased high school football fans in the Lehigh Valley.
These two teams have met in each of the last five district tournaments, with Parkland coming away as the victor in every one of them.
Each game has been close, however, and the two teams battle until the very end in this rivalry of two of the most successful programs in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
Patrick Birns isn’t fond of having to play teams over and over again, but as expected, his Trojans team is going to be facing Emmaus for a fourth time this season in the District 11 Championship. The meeting was set up when Parkland downed East Stroudsburg South 4-0 Tuesday night at Nazareth High School.
The Parkland girls volleyball team made quick work of Freedom last Tuesday night in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium, and now they find themselves one match win away from another district championship.
The Trojans dispatched of the Patriots in straight sets, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-15.
After No. 7 seed Freedom beat second-seeded Delaware Valley in the quarterfinals, it met a Parkland program that is seasoned and vastly experienced in the postseason.
Both the Parkland and Liberty football programs have come a long way since their last matchup, back on week 3 of the regular season on September 8.
The Trojans (10-0 overall) have improved their passing game and overall defensive play, and the Hurricanes (4-6) have played better than their record indicates, winning on the last day of the season over rival and sixth-seeded Freedom.
The two will face off in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Parkland girls kept their perfect season going with a 4-0 win over Pocono Mountain East, pushing their record to 23-0 on the season. The win, combined with Emmaus’ win over Easton, puts Parkland and Emmaus in Thursday’s District 11 Championship game.
Tori Maybruck got Parkland started just under 10 minutes into the game when she lifted a shot over Pocono Mountain East goalie Allison Bone, who came out of the goal to try to stop Maybruck’s shot.
One of the primary goals for the Parkland cross country teams every season is to reach the state meet as a team.
The Trojans achieved that objective last week when both teams earned the trip to Hershey this weekend for the PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Both teams took second place to Easton at districts. The Parkland boys finished 15 points behind the Rovers at 61-46 and well ahead of Stroudsburg (95) as both Easton and the Trojans had five runners within the top 20 places.
Parkland field hockey headed into the District 11 quarterfinals with hopes of knocking off second-seeded Liberty on their home turf.
Unfortunately, the Lady Hurricanes had other ideas and a quick start by the Liberty offense led to a 3-0 loss for Parkland. The loss ended the Lady Trojans’ season with a 9-10-1 record overall.
Liberty took advantage of early corner opportunities to jump out to a 2-0 lead. On their first corner opportunity, Rayne Wright took the insert pass and made a quick move before firing past goalie Brie Barraco to put the Hurricanes up 1-0.
Emmaus came into last week’s game riding high off its best performance of the season. But the Trojans were not about to let the Hornets blemish their perfect record.
Parkland capped a 10-0 regular season with a resounding win over Emmaus last week, 42-7.
“This was our goal,” said Michael Ruisch of his team’s undefeated season. “This is what we wanted. This is what we expected. I feel we deserve it.”
No team has come within less than 10 points of beating the Trojans this season, and it didn’t take long for them to gain a big lead on Emmaus.