Everyone – fans, players, coaches – stood around thinking ‘this can’t be right.’ It’s mid-April and two rival high school tennis teams, both among the better teams in District 11 and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, were just trying to play a simple tennis match.
But it was cold, bitterly cold. It was windy enough to misdirect not only volleys but serves. And oh yeah, it was snowing. Snowing!
The Parkland girls lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play with a win over Freedom this week. The Trojans (8-3 overall, 6-0 EPC) also suffered a couple nonleague losses to some quality opponents from outside of District 11.
Parkland and Emmaus both entered Tuesday’s much-anticipated meeting with identical unbeaten records at 7-0. But Trojan head Scott Trumbauer was well aware of the pedestal that the Hornets sat on atop the area’s top volleyball teams.
Then, Emmaus went out and proved why it is the class of the District 11 landscape. And it did so with relative ease.
Emmaus (8-0) jumped out to a comfortable lead in the opening set and never looked back, as the Hornets defeated Parkland, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-20), at Emmaus High School.
“I don’t ever remember an inning like this,” said Parkland coach Kurt Weber about his team’s 14-run fifth inning in a 17-0 win over Emmaus. In that fifth inning, Parkland sent 20 batters to the plate and the first 13 all reached base safely.
The Trojans pounded out 13 hits, drew three walks, took advantage of an Emmaus error, had eight different players drive in runs and finished the inning with the bases loaded. They also went through three different Emmaus pitchers.
Parkland senior football players Jahan Worth and Kobe Thomas have had decorated careers on the gridiron the last four years. And the duo will get to continue their high school football careers for one more game before heading off to play on the Division I level in college.
Worth and Thomas were recently selected to play in the 61st Annual 2018 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer was asked to describe his team’s five-set win over Northampton last Tuesday evening, he used the word ‘respond.’
The Trojans did indeed respond, twice over the course of the match. They responded after losses in games one and four to defeat the Kids 3-2 by scores of 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 15-11 at Northampton Area High School.
After losing their season opener to Bethlehem Catholic, Parkland may have been looked at by other EPC teams as possibly being on a bit of a down season.
It’s been a couple weeks since that loss and teams are now realizing that the Lady Trojans were just taking a little longer than usual to get themselves settled in for the season.
Since the 2-0 opening day loss, Parkland has rattled off five straight wins and Kelly Dulaney has thrown three shutouts.
Parkland senior Jake Nimeh is a two-sport athlete who excels at both hockey and golf. He just recently finished off a high school playing career on the ice last month, helping to lead the Trojans to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League championship and a berth in the Flyers Cup.
It was not only his success on the ice that stood out, but his play off the ice that was noticed by the hockey world.
Plenty of talent graduated from last year’s Parkland track and field team, on both the boys and girls sides. In particular Morgan Sherwin and Connor Tempro, both who participated at last year’s state meet.
Sherwin earned a medal at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in Hershey when she tied for second in the high at five feet, five inches. Tempro also participated in the 400-meter dash on the high school’s brightest stage.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was plagued by a slow start and was not able to make a comeback last Saturday morning, falling 11-7 in a nonconference game to Wilson West Lawn at Parkland High School.
The Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) opened their season with consecutive wins against Moravian Academy and Central Catholic before facing the Bulldogs.
The yearly tilt against Wilson, a perennial tough opponent from the Reading area and District 3, is used as a measuring stick for Parkland.