Any time the Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams are on the same ice for a game, it is intense and usually comes down to the third period in deciding the victor.
But when these two teams met for the first time during the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League on Monday, Oct. 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.
The Trojans scored four times the first two periods, then totaled that number in the third period alone in taking down the Hornets 8-0 at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Last season, the Parkland football team dropped the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division championship in the final week of the regular season, on the very last play.
This year, the Trojans made sure it didn’t come down to something like that again.
Senior running back Jahan Worth rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback Michael Ruisch threw for three scores, including two to his favorite target Tyler Hays, as Parkland remained undefeated and took down Northampton last Friday night 48-6 at Northampton High School.
A lot of the goals at the beginning of the season have been met, the boxes have been checked.
Through nine weeks of the regular season, the Parkland football team has won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division title and secured the number one seed in the upcoming District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins next weekend.
But there is still one more feat to be accomplished.
Everyone inside and outside of the Trojan football program remembers what happened in the regular season finale last year.
Most people look forward to Friday. Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns was especially looking forward last Friday. By day he is a gym teacher at Emmaus, the team his Trojans beat 2-1 to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last Thursday evening for their second straight league title.
“It’s going to make for a nice Friday,” said Birns last week.
The win was the 20th of the season for Parkland, which has lost just once and that was to South Kent High School in Connecticut, a nationally ranked team.
Riley Williamson and running partner Nick Bower thought they could pull off a Parkland sweep of the top two spots at the Eastern Pennsylvania Cross Country Championships last week. They came close, finishing first and third, respectively, and will have another go at it this week.
Williamson ran the race in 16:41 for the gold medal last Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. Bower ran it in 16:53, with only Easton’s Cosmo Cardone (16:45) finishing in between.
The seniors on the Parkland girls soccer team have no idea what it’s like to not finish the season as the conference champion. For four straight seasons, Parkland has taken home the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, grabbing its fourth in a row with a 2-1 win over Easton at J. Birney Crum Stadium last week.
For four years Jake Nimeh was part of the regular line up on the Parkland varsity golf team.
Heading into his senior season, Nimeh had been on the cusp or reaching the district qualifier the past two years. His average was less than two strokes off the cut as a sophomore and just a half stroke from making it as a junior.
This year, playing in the No. 1 spot on the team, Nimeh played consistently well over the season and posted an 81.3 average to earn his place in the District 11 Class 3A qualifier Oct. 2 at Olde Homestead.
Through 35 minutes of play, Parkland kept Easton’s offense in check. Despite plenty of chances on goal, the two sides remained scoreless early into the second half of their East Penn Conference girls lacrosse quarterfinals on Oct. 14.
But once Easton struck just minutes after halftime, it started a Red Rover flurry of goals that couldn’t be stopped. The Rovers (15-2) advanced to the EPC semifinals with a 4-0 victory over the Trojans (9-8-1) at Easton High School.
Once again, the Liberty girls volleyball team got the better of Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. This year, it was one round sooner than last time.
The Hurricanes and Trojans went the distance with Liberty winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-12 last Thursday night in the EPC semifinals at Allen High School.
The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.