The Parkland Girls Tennis program is humming along like a machine this season with an 8-1 overall record under the direction of coach Mike Hingston.
“We have a lot of experience and that’s a plus in high school girls tennis,” the coach said.
Nobody knew it at the time, but a 1-0 loss to Whitehall on October 24, 2014 turned out to be the last time that Parkland lost to a District 11 opponent for almost four years. The Lady Trojans won 70 straight games when they were paired up against a team from their own district.
That streak came to an end last week when Emmaus beat Parkland 2-1 at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School.
It’s been a long time since Parkland has lost a regular season football game in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Trojans had won 12 straight league games spanning across two seasons.
But in a wild contest last Friday night, the Trojans suffered their first setback since the 2016 regular season finale, falling 21-20 to Freedom at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
“Heck of a game,” Freedom head coach Jason Roeder said. “Both teams battled like crazy. Both teams put their hearts and souls out there. We’re fortunate to come out on top.”
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams know each other well. They see each other often each season, and sometimes even play each other four times in a year, like they did in 2017.
The Trojans were 4-0 against the Green Hornets last season, on their way to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships, breaking Emmaus’ streak of two straight district titles.
Despite all of those setbacks last season, this year’s Emmaus team has a lot of talent and experience returning, while the Trojans lost more than half of their starting lineup.
Before the season started, many Lehigh Valley football fans might have predicted that the week four matchup between Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 powers Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic would be a game between unbeaten teams.
However, both teams that will meet Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium have suffered setbacks during the 2018 regular season. Both came at the hands of Freedom.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
There was some hype heading into the showdown between the Parkland and Central Catholic football teams last weekend. Both teams were coming off convincing wins in week one of the regular season, and both featured strong running games.
The two teams have not faced one another the last two years because the Vikings were in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North Division before returning to the South Division in 2018.
Think there aren’t many football heroes around these days? Think again.
Alex Ocasio, a reserve middle linebacker with the Parkland varsity football team, doesn’t think he’s a hero. He just wants to be one of the boys on another very good Trojan squad under coach Tim Moncman.
Ocasio refused to let being hearing-impaired defeat his aspirations.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Several former Parkland high school athletes are making a name for themselves in the college ranks during the fall season. Here are a few that excelled last year and are ready to do more in 2018.
Brooke Robertson is heading into her senior season as a member of the Delaware University womens volleyball team. Robertson has appeared in 46 matches over her first two seasons despite missing most of her sophomore year with a foot injury. She had compiled 220 kills in 127 sets with 150 digs and 32 blocks.