Any team going into Memorial Field to play Emmaus in field hockey knows that it has a tough task ahead. The Hornets are two-time defending state champions, they’ve won 63 straight games and coming into their meeting with Parkland had outscored their opponents 64-0 this season.
The Parkland football team is always looking to get better.
While wins over Allen, Nazareth and Liberty put the Trojans at 3-0, their fourth win over the season might have made the biggest statement.
They accomplished their first goal in winning week one of the regular season against Allen, but they heard that ‘it was just Allen.’
Senior quarterback Michael Ruisch went 16-of-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns last Friday night and the Trojans dispatched of previously-unbeaten Easton 42-7 at Parkland School District Stadium.
For a while Tuesday night, it looked like Parkland was going to pick up an easy win over Easton when the Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
As it turned out, that was part of the problem that led to Easton mounting a second-half comeback. Parkland eventually put the game away on a goal by Ava Hanna with just 45 seconds left to pick up a 4-2 win.
On Monday Ben Tetzlaff joined an exclusive club in the world of golf. Then about an hour later he became one of the club’s most exclusive members.
The Parkland senior hit his first career hole in one during a practice round at Iron Lakes. Four holes later he hit another one.
“It was surreal, amzing and shocking, really,” he said. “I still can’t believe it and I’m the one who did it.”
Tetzlaff, whose been playing the game for just five years, got his first ace when he launched a gap wedge to a 104-yard flag on No. 2 at Iron Lakes and landed it just behind the hole.
After an impressive 42-7 victory over then-unbeaten Easton (3-1) last Friday night, the Parkland football team does not have much time to celebrate.
This Friday night the Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) welcome Freedom (3-1, 1-1) to Parkland School District Stadium in another test.
This is a rematch from the District 11 Class 6A championship game last season, which was won by Parkland.
The Patriots are coming off a 26-13 win over Northampton and looking for a marquee victory after losing to Easton two weeks ago.
The Parkland golf team is always excited to take on Emmaus. And this year was no different.
While the Trojans went into the match with four losses on their record, some recent victories over top teams gave them confidence against the undefeated Hornets Tuesday at Iron Lakes Golf Course.
Parkland pulled through, with several players shooting their season best scored to take down Emmaus 393-392.
Good teams want to be tested during the regular season, and there are different ways a team can be challenged.
The Parkland girls volleyball team, ranked second in the state in 4A, has seen its fair share of challenges.
With the front portion of their schedule back-loaded with teams from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North division, the Trojans have come out of those games with wins in convincing fashion.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Even before the Parkland boys cross country team began the season, it received difficult news with a couple of unfortunate injuries. Sam Morgan has been nursing an injury since the end of August, and teammate Jacob Ringer suffered one last week.
However, without two of its top runners from a season ago, the Trojans proved just how much depth they have. Parkland placed fourth as a team despite all of the adversity, placing two runners in the top four finishers of the 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational held on Saturday.
Bringing in a new group of players is something that the Parkland girls volleyball team and head coach Mike Krause have been accustomed to doing for the last decade.
The Trojans said goodbye to another decorated senior class last year. But Krause has players waiting in the wings to step up and lead Parkland back to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 title games, where they appeared last season.
Seniors Kirah Dreisbach and Mia Jago, and junior Grace Steurer are returning starters, and each had a big hand in last week’s season-opener.