After coming away from preliminary heats with the seventh-best time in the Class 3A field at last weekend’s state championship meet, Parkland sophomore Mustapha Salau knew he was guaranteed a place in the finals and a state medal.
He wanted even more. While the championship final didn’t go exactly as he planned, Salau learned a lot at his first state meet and will be better equipped to return next season and run even faster.
After posting a 49.43 in the preliminary, Salau ran a 53.35 for eighth place in the final.
The Trojans’ season came to an abrupt end Sunday at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University. After battling Liberty through five innings and taking a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, the Hurricanes put up nine runs in their half of the inning and took an 11-4 win in the District 11 Class 6A baseball semifinal game.
Despite the score, it really was a much different game than when the two teams met during the regular season and Liberty beat Parkland 12-3. This time around, the two teams pulled the momentum in the game back-and-forth.
The Parkland boys tennis team used its depth and skill to author a solid 11-2 record during 2019.
“We had a nice regular season,” Trojan head coach Michael Hingston said. “They definitely showed me something. They didn’t succumb to the pressure.”
The strong showing was more impressive considering how much the team relied on younger, unproven players to carry the torch.
The Parkland boys track and field team went into the 2019 District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships with a few goals. One involved the 4x800 relay team and its expected battles with Emmaus and Liberty.
The foursome of Nate Reimer, Riley Williamson, Ben Esquires and Mustapha Salau have been brilliant individually and collectively all season. The storyline continued May 16 as they claimed first place with a time of 8:06.86.The victory qualifies them for a trip to PIAA Track and Field Championships on May 24 and 25 at Shippensburg University.
As the District 11 softball playoffs got underway on Monday, the Trojans had to wait to see who their opponent would be in the quarterfinal round. Easton and Liberty battled with the Red Rovers pounding out an 11-1 win to earn the right to meet Parkland on Tuesday.
Easton’s bats wouldn’t produce the type of run support that they did against Liberty and their pitching couldn’t contain the Lady Trojans offense as Parkland won 8-3 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals where they’re set for another showdown with Emmaus.
The Parkland boys tennis team offered solid performances in District 11 doubles play during the first full week of May.
Leading the way was the team of Ankit Lenka and Matthew Liu. The two young men played outstanding tennis during a run that ended with a semifinal loss May 7 to Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn 6-3, 6-1 at Saucon Valley High School.
“It was quite an accomplishment and I’m very pleased with their performance throughout the tournament,” said Parkland head coach Mike Hingston. “They rose to the occasion.”
Every team wants to be playing its best when it reaches the postseason. The Parkland girls lacrosse team has been one of the hottest teams in the district over the last few weeks and continued its winning ways by taking down Pleasant Valley 21-7 Monday night at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
The Trojans boast a well-balanced scoring attack on offense, and that showed early on as they had five different goal scorers in the first half and six different players total find the back of the net.
The Parkland girls track and field team has many stars, and few were brighter during the District 11 Track and Field Championships on May 15 and 16 at Whitehall High School than Shelby Staib.
Staib was the top javelin thrower, registering a distance of 128 feet, 7 inches. The Parkland senior was relaxed heading into the meet.
Parkland quickly cut its way past Whitehall and Freedom in the East Penn Conference softball playoffs to reach the finals against Northampton.
The Trojans were looking for their sixth straight league championship. They opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first inning, took advantage of a key error to score twice in the fourth and then added an insurance run in the fifth as they fought to a 4-0 win over the Konkrete Kids to make it six straight championships.
The Parkland girls and boys track and field teams used depth and timely performance from front-line athletes to produce strong finishes at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships held May 7 and 8 at Whitehall High School.
Both Trojans teams took second place in the event. The girls earned 83.5 points during the two-day meet, finishing behind champion Easton with 92 points. The boys also took second, with 71.3 points, well behind champion Liberty with 134 points.