The Parkland Duals, held Jan. 4 at Parkland High School, proved to be an educational encounter for the host team.
“Parkland had a very good experience,” said Trojan wrestling head coach Jon Trenge. “We competed well and several of our wrestlers were very successful on the day.”
Wrestling tournaments have become commonplace over the last decade, but the question becomes does volume equal value? What is the advantage for a school tor participate?
Senior captains Jake Melady and Jared Kucharczuk have both grown and come onto their own this year in their final seasons in red and white. The duo combined to score more than half of the Trojans’ points as Parkland ran away in the fourth quarter in a 71-57 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
The win over the Panthers (4-7 overall, 2-4 EPC) was the second in-a-row for the Trojans (7-4, 5-3).
Parkland wrestlers had an opportunity to measure themselves against some top-flight competition Dec. 28-29 at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School.
Trojan head coach Jon Trenge was pleased with what he saw, but acknowledged there is work ahead.
“We are improving, but it is a process,” Trenge said when asked about the Trojans’ showing at BHWC. “I see improvements in the bottom position, and on the feet mostly. We are hand fighting far better than in the beginning of the year.”
The Parkland boys and girls swimming teams made a splash over the first part of the season.
The Trojans has success at the annual Cedar Crest Classic Invitational and recently beat Cumberland Valley in a nonleague meet.
Kayla Johnson (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and Annie Walls (butterfly, 500 freestyle) both won two individual events for the Trojan girls team against Cumberland Valley.
Parkland’s Gavin Webb (200 free, 500 free) and Shawn Kushner (individual medley, breaststroke) won a pair of boys individual events in the nonleague dual meet.
The Parkland ice hockey team continued to show its dominance against league opposition as it took down Southern Lehigh 6-1 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action.
The Trojans (10-0-1) remain at the top of the standings, while the Spartans (8-5) are third. In a matchup of top-three teams one team showed it’s talent.
After winning the first four games to start the 2019-20 campaign, the Parkland boys basketball team had tripped up a little bit, losing two of its next three games. But the Trojans got back to their winning ways quickly.
Following a narrow defeat to Wilkes-Barre Area on Friday evening in the opener of the Allen High School’s Holiday Tournament, Parkland bounced back to take down Springfield Delco 55-33 Saturday afternoon in Sewards Gymnasium.
The Parkland boys basketball team had back-to-back quarters that went in opposite directions in defining the result of Friday’s game against Whitehall.
After trailing following the first quarter, the Trojans outscored the Zephyrs 15-11 in the second frame, but then were outscored 16-4 in the third quarter as the Zephyrs took control of the game and to win 59-54 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Whitehall High School.
The Parkland wrestling team found itself ahead early on in its match against Emmaus last week The Trojans were riding a ton of positive momentum, but things quickly changed as Emmaus fought back and won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match 48-19 last Wednesday night at Parkland High School.
The Trojans won the first two bouts via a 5-3 decision by Joe Dolak (145) and a 16-3 major decision from Luke Yatcilla (152) to go up 7-0 early on. They then won the fourth bout with a pin by Jacob Ortman in 4:37 at 170 to go up 13-6 with all of the momentum on their side.
Following a 12-point victory against rival Emmaus in the Parkland boys basketball team’s season-opener, head coach Andy Stephens and his players knew they could do better, especially their fundamentals. The Trojans found themselves trailing for half of the game before pulling off the comeback. But Parkland shot just 50-percent (10-for-20) from the charity stripe against the Hornets.
The Trojans improved on that number in their next game.
Parkland wrestling’s 2019-2020 season debut against Pleasant Valley was anything but another meet. In fact, first-year head coach Jon Trenge said it won’t soon be forgotten.