If you really want to know what the weather is going to be like, ask Parkland softball coach Barry Search. He learned to forecast weather while in the military and he learned it well. He doesn’t need radar or fancy gadgetry to forecast weather, he just looks at the sky and tells you what’s going to happen. He did that Monday after a scrimmage against Hazleton when he challenged his players to identify the type of clouds overhead.
Before his lesson on clouds, Search put together another forecast about his team, which he’s coached for the past eight seasons.
For the first time in three years, the Parkland boys volleyball team enters its spring season without a championship to defend. The Trojans finished the 2017 season at 16-4 overall and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A tournaments, but fell in the quarterfinals to Whitehall in both postseason events. They were the defending three-time district champions.
Zach Ortman knew the day would come where his Parkland wrestling career would be over.
That reality came to fruition Saturday evening at the Giant Center in Hershey, as Ortman closed out his season and career on a winning note following a 4-2 decision over Leno Ciotti of McDowell to take seventh place and finish out as Parkland’s only wrestler to come home from Hershey with a medal.
After holding off Ciotti in the final 20 seconds of the bout, Ortman (138) found a spot in the Giant Center stands, put his head in his warmup and reflected on four years flying by.
Several Parkland swimmers earned a trip to Bucknell University this week for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. A large group of Trojan seniors will cap their high school careers at the meet, while a few underclassmen will also be competing.
Two Parkland athletes earned top-five seeds at states, including senior swimmer Megan Sicinski and sophomore diver Alexa Brinker.
Sicinski is seeded fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:03.57. She is also seeded 16th in the 200 individual medley at states.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of their third straight three-game weekend. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.
The Parkland boys swim team collected five individual medals and one relay medal at last weekend’s District 11 Swimming Championships, which were moved to Emmaus High School after a power outage at Parkland. Overall, the boys finished second in the team competition trailing Emmaus 489-313.5 at the end of the weekend.
While the District 11 Swimming Championship may have been moved out of Parkland High School because of a power outage, the smaller setting at Emmaus High School proved to be just fine for the Parkland girls team as they won their 10th straight district championship, coasting to a 524-364 victory over second-place Emmaus.
Nick Dolak was faced with a decision that many high school athletes have to make in their senior year. He suffered an injury during his final season at Parkland. But he refused to let the set back shut down his wrestling season. He still had things he needed to accomplish.
Dolak missed much of his senior season while battling the injuries. While he’s still nowhere near 100 percent, he managed to reach the title bout at last weekend’s Northeast Regional Tournament and finished the event with a silver medal.
Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.
Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:
Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance
9 a.m. – Preliminaries
11 a.m. – Quarterfinals
1 p.m. – 1st Round Consolations
2 p.m. – 2nd Round Consolations
3:30 p.m. – Semifinals / 3rd Round Consolations