It’s still fairly early in the high school basketball season, but when two teams with 5-0 records overall and 3-0 records in the East Penn Conference meet in an early-season matchup, it’s a key game.
Such was the case when Nazareth came into Parkland High School for a meeting of division rivals both off to strong starts to the season.
Coming into the season, Parkland girls basketball head coach Ed Ohlson had already been dealt a handful of key injuries and with very young players having to take on bigger roles, he was cautious about what to expect from this year’s team.
Through the first three games, both Ohlson and his players have turned caution into confidence as the Lady Trojans have opened up with a 3-0 record. The Trojans won the Tip-Off Classic in Bristol and then opened league play with a convincing 52-30 win over Emmaus Tuesday night.
The Parkland ice hockey team started fast, stuttered towards the end, but came back to finish strong as it took down rival Emmaus 5-2 last Friday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.
The Trojans kept their unbeaten record intact, moving to 8-0-1 overall on the season while seeing contributions from multiple players against the rival Hornets.
The agenda for the 2019-2020 Parkland swimming campaign is one predicated on achieving personal excellence.
“For both teams, we are looking to put ourselves in a position to earn lifetime bests in every event that we swim in the postseason at Last Chance, districts, and states,” said Trojan head coach Robert Robitaille.
Psychological sessions do not happen in swimming pools, but they can impact those who in swim in them.
One could tell it was the season-opener for the Parkland boys basketball team. Whether it was early season jitters or rust, the Trojans came out of the gate flat, needing time to get their feet underneath them.
They were afforded enough time to regroup and gather themselves, coming from behind and using a strong fourth quarter to defeat rival Emmaus 61-49 Tuesday night in the regular season opener for the host Trojans (1-0, 1-0 East Penn Conference).
At the end of last season, Parkland coach Ed Ohlson was excited about what he saw when he looked to the future.
Sure, he was going to be losing five seniors including standouts Claire Courter, Kaitlyn Rothwell and Kassidy Stout, but he saw a lot of promise in players who would continue to develop and look to step into the lineup or play big roles coming off the bench.
First-year Parkland wrestling coach Jon Trenge is optimistic about the 2019-2020 campaign.
“The culture, so far, is good,” Trenge said. “We are keeping seven of our freshmen up [on the varsity team] and helping them grow and mature as people and wrestlers will be an important task this year. The kids are getting tougher and learning a lot.”
The Parkland wrestling legend is also impressed with his team’s overall hard work and skill.
The 2019-20 version of the Parkland boys basketball team will be hungry. The Trojans have plenty of talent and experience returning from last season, but those players will also be back wanting to win more than ever before.
Last year the Trojans earned a spot in the District 11 Class 6A championship game, but the result left a bad taste in their mouths, losing to Allen 76-50 in a game that was never really close.
Since she was two-years old, Jada Mangahas has been doing gymnastics and over the years, has become more and more elite at the sport. Her dedication to the sport has earned her the ability to continue her education at Arizona State University, where she’ll participate in gymnastics and pursue a degree in kinesiology, the scientific study of body movement. The two are a great pairing and Mangahas hopes to continue on toward becoming a physical therapist.
When you look at Sandra Jessen’s family, you don’t have to wonder why she has turned to gymnastics. You would only say, why wouldn’t she?
Jessen’s mom and an older brother have both excelled at the sport and helped Sandra to develop her skills, which will take her to Stanford University next fall where her brother David Jessen currently competes as a senior in gymnastics and represented the Czech Republic at the Olympics in 2016.