Five Parkland golfers competed in Monday’s District 11 Championships at Lehigh Country Club.
Three Trojans finished in a tie and came just one place short of advancing to regionals. Seniors John Angelella and Chris Panny, along with sophomore Trevor Grim, finished in a four-way tie for seventh place with Northampton’s Devon Britton.
“I played pretty well,” said Trevor Grimm. “I had a few holes I wish I could have back but all around I played pretty good.”
The three Trojans each shot 80 at districts, where the top six finishers advance to regionals.
It may have been the festivities and fun atmosphere of homecoming weekend, or it may have been playing a rival on the opposite side of the field, but whatever it was, the Parkland football team found its mojo last Friday night.
The Trojans (5-2 overall, 4-2 EPC South) put together a strong second half to take down Whitehall 49-21 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium for their third straight win, the team’s longest win streak of the season.
The Parkland girls soccer team was looking for a little bit of revenge against Emmaus Monday.
The Hornets snapped the Trojans’ 70-game District 11 winning streak earlier this season.
In the bigger picture though, the game between the two rivals held a lot of meaning in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as both teams look to fit into the conference playoff picture as the regular season winds down.
Parkland (12-2-0 EPC, 14-2-0 overall) got both the revenge it wanted and the key win it needed by topping Emmaus 3-1.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
Consistent and excellent are two words that could describe the recently concluded 2018 Parkland girls tennis regular season.
Coach Michael Hingston’s squad registered a 15-2 record, finishing its season with a convincing 7-0 win over Emmaus on Sept. 29. The Lady Trojans only two losses came to Freedom and Nazareth. The longtime coach has been pleased watching his team’s maturation.
“It’s been fun to watch them play,” Hingston says.
The Lady Trojans number one singles player, senior Murong Yao, has been superlative throughout the campaign.
When Teagan Mangahas found the back of the net in the second half, it seemed like it would be the winner for Parkland. It gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in a game that did not lack scoring chances, but featured strong defenses.
The Trojans have only allowed one goal their last three games, while outscoring their opponents 22-1 over that span.
Parkland’s top two singles players competed in the District 11 singles tournament this week.
Yao earned the No. 5 seed in the event and won her first match 6-0, 6-2 over Pleasant Valley’s Alyssa Wagner. She defeated Southern Lehigh’s Erica Wang 6-1, 6-2 in the next round before falling to No. 4 seed Halle DeNardo (Nazareth) 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round.
Chris Panny’s round was going well last week with two holes left at the Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships. Then on his 17th hole the round got even better.
Panny was six over on his first nine and was looking to shoot even par on the back in hopes of staying in the top five to qualify for districts. He was right around that number when he hit his second shot on the par 5, 17th hole to 80 yards. For his approach shot, he pulled a 58-degree wedge, choked down a bit and sent it straight at the hole.
It hasn’t been done yet this season through six regular season games, but the Parkland football team will try to win its third consecutive game on Friday night when it hosts Whitehall at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division rivalry game.
Coming off victories over Nazareth and Liberty the last two weeks, the Trojans (4-2 overall, 4-2 EPC) will look to make it three straight against the Zephyrs (1-5, 1-5), who are facing a down year and a first-year head coach.
For the last half decade the Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic girls volleyball teams have been in several state finals between the two of them and are a consistent powerhouse in their classifications.
Last Monday night the two met in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season match. The Trojans did not sweat much in winning the first set, but were forced to hold on to take the next two in sweeping the Golden Hawks by scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-17.