And the beat goes on.
Parkland field hockey extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Northampton. While the three-goal victory may sound kind of easy, it was anything but easy.
While Parkland had an early edge in controlling play, Northampton regrouped and came out playing a much crisper and more physical game from midway through the first half until the final horn.
The incredible ride known as the 2019 Parkland girls tennis season continued last week, when the squad won the East Penn Conference regular season and tournament titles.
“What can I say, it’s just another chapter in a storybook season,” said Trojan coach Mike HIngston.
The Lady Trojans finished 14-0 in the EPC and 16-1 overall.
The conference championships were “a long time in coming,” according to the coach. Many of the players on this year’s championship squad were instructed or mentored years ago by teammates who have since graduated.
The Parkland girls and boys cross country teams have experienced much success this season thanks in part to what they did before the season started.
“Our success in part is because of the summer training,” said coach Stephen Ott. “We put a considerable amount of training in this summer. We had the mindset from the beginning to train fast, so we can race fast. Those that did the training are leading our team.”
When the Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams met in just the second game of the 2019 regular seasonr, the Trojans took control with the game’s opening goal only to see the Green Hornets score two unanswered, including the game-winner in overtime.
After that game, Trojan head coach Patrick Birns said that the two teams would see each other again, maybe more than once.
Statement wins don’t often come in September, but the victory Parkland earned last weekend was one.
Trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter, the Parkland football team scored 14 unanswered points to secure an important come-from-behind 21-17 win over previously undefeated Nazareth last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division action at Parkland School District Stadium.
Trevor Grimm posted a solid round of golf in last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament.
After shooting 79 in the event, held Monday, Sept. 23 at Olde Homestead, the Parkland senior finished in a tie for seventh place in a bunched boys field that saw just four strokes spate the boys winner from the eighth place finisher.
“I had my goal set on winning, which didn’t happen,” said Grimm. “But that’s all right. I can’t be too mad about shooting in the 70s here. I wanted to shoot under 80. That was kind of my goal coming into today, so that was good.”
Coming off its best win of the 2019 regular season, the Parkland football team will hit the road to play in a rivalry game at Whitehall on Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division action.
The Trojans (4-2 overall, 3-2 EPC South) battled back from down double-digits to take down Nazareth (5-1, 4-1) last Friday.
“It was a complete team win and we played the full 48 minutes,” said head coach Tim Moncman on last weekend’s win. “I was proud of the way we battled, but we can’t be satisfied. We have to know we’re in for a battle the rest of the way.”
The Parkland girls volleyball team had its most challenging portion of the 2019 regular season schedule this past week. Following an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match at East Stroudsburg North, a 3-0 victory, the Trojans were downed in five sets to perennial District 11 power Bethlehem Catholic, and then defeated Allen in straight sets.
The Parkland football team got some confidence and momentum back with a 35-7 win last Friday night at Liberty. The victory halted a two-game slide. It may have come at just the right time as the Trojans (3-2 overall, 2-2 EPC South) welcome undefeated Nazareth (5-0, 4-0) Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division showdown.
The win was a welcoming sign to the players and coaches and all around the program.
The 2019 Parkland girls tennis team has been awesome. Going into their Sept. 21 match with Moravian Academy, the Lady Trojans were 15-0 and virtually unstoppable.
But perfection is a tough business and proved unattainable when Moravian Academy dealt Parkland its first lost of the season in 4-3 thriller.
“It was one of the closest matches I’ve ever seen,” said Parkland head coach Michael Hingston.
It was also a part of a strategy Hingston devised to have the Lady Trojans play top out-of-conference schools.