Parkland swept at dual meet against Northampton, with the Trojan girls winning 136-30 and the boys earning a 132-51 win.
The Parkland girls team finished first in all but one event. The Trojans’ Ally Lin (50 free, 100 breaststroke) Annie Walls (IM, butterfly) and Zoe Sheridan (200 free, 500 free) won two individual events each, while teammates Katherine Gottwald (diving) and Grace Kennedy (backstroke) won one event each. Sheridan, Lin, Walls, Kennedy, Abigail Sheridan and Megan Sicinksi were all part of two winning relay teams as Parkland girls swept the three relay events.
Parkland fell to Stroudsburg Saturday at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Duals.
Parkland won just five bouts in the match. Nck Dolak got the Trojans’ only pin. Adam Lizak picked up a major decision, while Nate Wider, Mason Lansenderfer and Zach Ortman won by decision.
Parkland also split a pair of dual meets last week, beating Allen 71-9 while falling in a nonleague match against Phillipsburg.
The Trojans used 10 pins to route the Canaries last Wednesday. The next night they took on a tough Stateliners team and won just five bouts.
Stroudsburg 38, Parkland 22
The Nazareth girls basketball team is hot team right now, having won four of its last five games. Unfortunately for Parkland, the first and the latest of those wins have come against the Trojans (9-4 EPC, 11-7 overall). After falling to Nazareth 42-40 in their first meeting, Nazareth (9-4, 13-6) downed Parkland 46-35 on Tuesday night.
“They’re a good team and they kept us from doing some of the things that we wanted to do against them,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence. “They changed up their defense at times and I wasn’t able to get us into a position to win the game.”
After a change in defensive philosophy and in intensity, the Parkland boys basketball team came out of the halftime locker room a different team Tuesday night against Nazareth.
Needing two wins in its final four games of the regular season to qualify for the postseason, the task was looking even harder at halftime when the Trojans trailed by 17 points.
A spirited second half helped the Trojans beat Nazareth 68-59 Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Every team wants to start fast. That’s an important part to winning any game.
The Parkland ice hockey team did just that. The Trojans scored five goals in the opening period, and rode that early cushion to a 7-1 victory over rival Emmaus last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
“It was definitely important for us to have that fast start,” said senior Jeremy Sell. “Anytime you can start fast and get out ahead, it gives you a much better chance at winning, and there is less to stress about. You play without as much pressure.”
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.
Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.
Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th – Stroudsburg vs. Parkland.
The Parkland and Central Catholic boys basketball players must have felt like they were shooting a basketball into the ocean in the first quarter of their game last Tuesday night at Rockne Hall at Central Catholic High School.
The two teams combined for 10 three-pointers in the first quarter. Although the Trojans went almost point for point with the Vikings that opening frame, they weren’t able to match it for the rest of the game and fell 64-52 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
Parkland junior wrestler Brandon Kassis did not wrestle last year as a sophomore, but has been a part of the Trojans program for two seasons counting this year. They have been two successful seasons when it comes to wrestling at one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the North East, Escape the Rock Tournament.
For a brief few minutes in the first period of last Monday night’s game, the mood around the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena was of disbelief as the Parkland ice hockey team was trailing in its game against Freedom. And the way that the Trojans fell behind was drastic, as they scored the game’s opening goal before giving up two consecutive goals in a span of just 28 seconds.
But three goals in each of the second and third periods helped to push Parkland past the Patriots, 8-2, in a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League matchup of the first- and second-place teams in the league.
The good news for Nazareth is that it beat Parkland 42-40 late last week in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup. The bad news for Nazareth is that Parkland now has the Blue Eagles marked on their schedule for when the two teams meet in a rematch.