Parkland High School softball players Kelly Dulaney and Chelsea Morgan have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.
This is Chelsea Morgan’s second year on the team, but for Dulaney, it is her first.
“It’s a great opportunity to play with girls from the Lehigh Valley, and I thought it would be fun and I’m really excited,” said Dulaney. “[Try outs] were a little bit different because I think they all know our abilities and that we’re hard workers.”
Summer basketball is about adjusting a system to new players and developing for the upcoming winter season. There hasn’t been a more important summer in recent years than this one for the Parkland boys basketball program, which graduated three starting seniors including Zach Bross, Michael Zeky and the school’s all-time leading scorer Sam Iorio, who was a four-year starter.
The Parkland softball team never takes anything for granted. Even though they were 25-0 on the season coming into the District 11 Championship, the Trojans knew that anything could happen. They attacked the game just as they had all 25 other games this season, with a strong senior pitcher on the mound in Aubree Fritzinger and a balanced offense that had different contributors from game-to-game.
For the optimists in the room, Parkland has won three of the last five District 11 baseball championships. The pessimists will dwell on the fact that two years in a row now, Parkland has been in the district final, but didn’t put away a win to take home gold.
This year’s foray into the championship game ended with a 2-1 loss to Liberty in extra innings. A ninth-inning sacrifice fly from Caleb Tereska drove home what proved to be the winning run.
It certainly wasn’t their easiest win of the season, but it may have been their most persistent. An eighth-inning single from Mackenzie Wolf plated the game-winning run as Parkland downed Easton 2-1 in the District 11 semifinals. The win puts Parkland into the district championship against Liberty Thursday at Patriots Park. The win also guarantees the Trojans a spot in the PIAA Tournament, which gets underway Monday.
The Parkland baseball team already has one title under its belt this season. With Tuesday’s 10-3 win over Pocono Mountain East, the Trojans earned the right to play for two more.
The win put them in Wednesday’s district title game against Liberty and earned them a spot in next week’s state playoff tournament.
Parkland got another great pitching performance from Mike Jenkins and its offense exploded for 11 hits off Pocono Mountain East starter Zach McCambley.
Pretty much everything tried to stop Parkland from making history last Thursday night. Not only did a fast start from Emmaus put the Trojans’ first ever district boys lacrosse championship in jeopardy, two 30-minute weather delays also threw a kink in the their plans.
But in the end, nothing could stop the top-seeded Trojans from writing history.
After finishing eighth in last year’s PIAA Track and Field Championship Meet, Morgan Sherwin knew she was capable of bringing home another state medal this spring when she attended the annual meet at Shippensburg University.
But she even surprised herself when she got to climb up to the second-place level on the podium Saturday after clearing 5 feet, five inches in the high jump.
Neither team had much breathing room at any point of last week’s District 11 Class 3A girls lacrosse championship game. But much like the previous two meetings against Easton, Parkland had the Red Rovers’ number down the stretch.
Easton, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, got within a single goal on two occasions in the final 6:25 after Parkland had led 8-5 a little beyond the midway point of the second half. But the No. 2 seeded Trojans were able to run out the clock down the stretch for their second consecutive district crown last Wednesday at Lehigh University.
It looked as if Parkland was out to make a statement after losing a heartbreaker to Central Catholic in last week’s East Penn Conference championship game.
Message received loud and clear.
The top-seeded Trojans scored the first four goals, led by five at intermission, and disposed of No. 4 Easton on Tuesday night at Northampton High School’s Erdosy Field. The win advances Parkland to Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A championship against Emmaus where it will look for that elusive title.