Parkland admittedly got a little help from a porous Liberty defense in the District 11 semifinal, but the Trojans took advantage of every little thing that the Hurricanes gave them on their way to a 7-5 win and a spot in the District 11 championship. The semifinal win also reserves a spot for Parkland in the PIAA tournament, which begins next week.
Liberty, the defending District 11 Class 6A champions, committed four errors in the game, three of them by shortstop Marcus Nales, and Parkland used each of the errors to add to its run tally.
The Parkland softball team can beat teams in many ways. In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal, the Trojans took a 1-0 win over Easton in a pitcher’s duel. When it came time to play for their fifth straight conference championship, though, they put their bats to work and made quick work of Liberty in an 11-0 win.
“I was just so happy for them because we’ve been struggling with the bats here of late,” said Parkland head coach Barry Search. “They just came out and hit the ball and did a fantastic job.”
At the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet the week prior, the Parkland boys 4x100 relay team did not finish the way they wanted to. But the foursome made up for it in a big way last Thursday in the final day of the two-day District 11 track and field championships at Whitehall High School.
The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams were the big winners for the Trojans boys program, both winning gold and advancing to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend.
Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer had the fire of a first-year coach, even though he has been head coach of the Trojans for the last 17 seasons.
With every point of every set, which turned out to be five, Trumbauer and his team faced different emotions. Ones of excitement and joy, and those of frustration and sadness.
Parkland head coach Kurt Weber has seen a lot of Trojan baseball teams earn league titles. He saw another one crowned last week and it was just as enjoyable as his first time back in 2000 when he was an assistant under Terry Stoudt.
“It never gets old,” said Weber, who has been head coach for three years and was an assistant with the program since 1999. “I used to tell coach [Tony] Galucy that when he was putting the medals on. Every one is a little bit different. Every one is special.
Junior Shelby Staib did not have the same distance on her throw as she did in the week prior in winning a gold medal in the javelin at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet.
But her place on the podium didn’t change. Staib threw for a mark of 122-03 to finish in first place and qualify for her first appearance at the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend while competing in the District 11 championship meet last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
The last time that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was on the turf of Al Erdosy Stadium at Northampton High School, it walked off in defeat, losing to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game last week.
Just four days later, the defending district champion Trojans were back on the very same field in another postseason game. This time, they were victorious, taking down rival Emmaus 14-8 in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals Monday evening.
Parkland crowned three individual gold medalists and two more for relay teams at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
Trojan senior Sam Morgan hauled in a pair of individual golds, while also helping a two relay teams to first-place finishes. Freshman Mustapha Salau won one individual event and was part of both relay teams, while junior Shelby Staib grabbed one gold and one third-place medal.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team made a big comeback, but came up just short of finishing it off for a victory.
After falling behind 7-1 in the opening 9:52 of the first half, the Trojans slowly chipped away throughout the remainder of the game. When senior Abby Giacobbe found the back of the net with just 15 seconds remaining, the Trojans had tied the game at 13-13 to force overtime.
It was just how it was supposed to be.
Game number three, the rubber match between the Parkland and Central Catholic boys lacrosse teams came down to the final quarter.
Tied 12-12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Trojans tallied four of the five goals scored in the final 12 minutes to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game 16-13 last Monday evening at Northampton High School.