Parkland High School’s cheerleaders will compete in the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships this weekend after winning the silver medal in the medium division at the District 11 Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 6 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It was one of the best performances they did all year,” said Trojan cheerleading coach Sami Jo Crivellaro. “They were really confident with their routine. They were on all week. We just kept pushing and knew the routine was pretty solid.”
The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.
Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.
The Parkland swimming and diving team beat Central Catholic Monday on both sides of a dual meet. The Trojans boys won 121-64, while Parkland’s girls team beat the Vikettes 133.5-51.5.
Parkland’s divers, who took the top three places in both boys and girls against Central, also competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference midseason meet over the weekend with stellar results.
The final three weeks of the regular season are going to be very interesting in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls basketball.
There are three teams – Bethlehem Catholic (5-1 EPC, 9-2 overall), Easton (7-1, 11-2) and Parkland (7-1, 8-4) – with just one conference loss and four others – Allen (4-2, 8-2), Freedom (6-2, 10-2), Northampton (6-2, 9-3) and Stroudsburg (6-2, 9-3) – with just two losses.
Coming off of a 1-4 showing as host of the Parkland Duals Tournament and a dual meet loss to Nazareth last week, Parkland was looking to bounce back.
A day after the loss to the Blue Eagles, Pocono Mountain East came into Parkland High School Gymnasium, and the Trojans won 11 of the 14 bouts. Parkland had seven pins and took down the Cardinals 62-13 last Thursday night.
Allentown Central Catholic has gone through its schedule unblemished so far during the 2017-18 season. A big reason why is because of its shooting from beyond the arc.
The winning and the successful perimeter play continued Tuesday night in a 72-50 over Parkland (4-6, 1-5) at Parkland High School.
The Vikings, who led the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 3-pointers made entering the game at 104, made 12 over the course of the contest, including five in the first quarter as they went on a 14-0 run to hold a 27-15 lead after the first eight-minute frame.
The Parkland wrestling team didn’t have to travel last weekend as it held its annual Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the teams it hosted provided plenty of competition right in their own backyard.
Parkland went 1-4 at the Trojan Duals, its lone win coming against Exeter (32-30) in the second of five matches on the day. The Trojans came up short against Cumberland Valley (41-25), Council Rock South (34-29), Delaware Valley (34-30) and Northampton (41-23).
Keeley Coval has been on coach Wes Spence’s radar for some time, but she had to wait her turn to truly step into the spotlight because of talented point guards like Rachel Medlar who were ahead of her on the depth chart.
Medlar graduated last season and Coval took over the role full-time this season, just as Spence had envisioned her doing since he first saw her as a much younger player.
The Parkland youth wrestling teams opened their season recently.
The following are highlights of their recent matches.
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The Parkland Red team got pins from Blake Dergham, Leo Dauberman, Trey Tremba and Evan Sutton in a win over Palisades. Parkland’s Chase Kruk, Matthew Velez, Evan Amadio, Leo Kern and Kale Kumernitsky earned wins by forfeit in the match.
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The annual New Year’s Challenge was held last Saturday at Bucknell University and the Parkland girls team swam its way to a third-place finish, while the boys team finished seventh.
The girls finished behind Wilson West Lawn and Hershey in the competition. Wilson West Lawn was also crowned the top boys team at the meet.