The Parkland girls soccer team has had its tight games and then its had some easier ones during the 2019 season so far.
But the common theme has been that the Trojans (11-0 overall, 10-0 EPC) have still come out on top over any opponent that has been put in front of them on their schedule thus far.
The Parkland girls cross country team went 3-0 at a meet last week to remain undefeated on the season at 6-0. The Trojan boys team went 2-1 at the meet and headed into this week at 5-1 overall.
The Parkland girls team beat Easton, Nazareth and Northampton at the meet. The Trojan boys team fell to Nazareth but earned victories over Easton and Northampton.
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The Parkland football team was reeling, both on the field and off. It was facing a two-game losing streak and was forced to deal with some injuries to key players. It needed some positive energy to hit the program.
Some came last weekend.
With the score tied 7-7, the Trojans scored the next 28 points to win 35-7 over Liberty in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game last Friday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Parkland girls volleyball team has been on a roll of late, and that momentum continued last Wednesday night as the Trojans took down Whitehall in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.
The victory, coupled with wins over Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg North less than a week after, Parkland (12-5-1 overall, 6-3 EPC) has won four conference matches in-a-row, all in straight sets.
The Parkland football team is looking to rebound from just it’s third mercy-rule loss in school history.
The Trojans (2-2 overall, 1-2 EPC) have lost two straight games, both against Bethlehem-area teams. And another Christmas City team, Liberty, awaits this Friday night as Parkland heads to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium for the second week in a row.
BY CJ Hemerly
The Parkland field hockey team featured four different goal scorers and broke two different second-half ties to hold onto a 4-3 victory over Liberty last Tuesday evening at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the EPC, the Trojans (8-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 EPC) came out on top over the Hurricanes (6-3, 5-3) for the first time in fifth-year head coach Lizzy Millen’s tenure at the helm.
Following a tough overtime defeat at rival Emmaus, the Parkland boys soccer team started getting on a roll, winning its next two games.
Then they ran into the East Penn Conference’s other undefeated team. And just like against the Green Hornets, the Trojans fell just short, dropping a game to Liberty 1-0 last Wednesday evening in EPC action at Parkland High School.
The Hurricanes (7-0, 7-0) scored the lone goal on a penalty shot from Chris Schray. That was all they would need as goalies Blake Koski and Ryan Siegfried combined for six saves and the shutout.
With the regular season coming to a close this week, the Parkland golf team now shifts its focus to the postseason. Despite not being pegged as one of the favorites heading into Monday’s East Penn Conference Tournament, Trojan head coach Ryan Kilpatrick believes this unit is capable of having success next Monday at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
It’s hard to believe that the second game of the season can have a playoff feel to it, but when it’s part of the Parkland and Emmaus rivalry, it’s much easier to believe. With filled bleachers and a raucous atmosphere, the two teams met for the first time this season and played fiercely until Parkland was able to leave the field with a key 3-2 win.
The Parkland girls and boys cross country squads have performed well early in 2019, getting off to 3-0 starts. Coach Stephen Ott is pleased with the work ethic and results.
“Our first meet was on our course,” Ott said. “It is not an easy course, yet both teams did awesome.”
So far, solid teamwork has made a difference for the Trojans.
“Cross country is truly both a team and individual sport,” the coach said. “The support and encouragement the runners give each other is amazing.”
This year, Parkland’s seniors have been assigned a freshman to mentor.