Parkland swept Allen in a swim meet last week. The Trojan girls team won 149-31, while Parkland’s boys rolled to a 134-32 victory.
In the girls meet, Shefalee Rane (200 free, breaststroke) won a pair of individual events, while teammates Natalie Link (IM), Kayla Johnson (50 free), Lexi Lehman (diving) Devon Corvaia (butterfly), Lauren Ceh (100 free), Claire Weaver (500 free) and Abigial Kirsopp (backstroke) won one individual event each.
Cindy Faust stood shoulder-to-shoulder with women from all over the country before the start of the 2018 USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship on Nov. 11 in Miami. It is a daunting task for any athlete, but especially for an athlete that is running in her own race.
“I like the working out part of it and pushing myself,” she said of aquabiking. “Not so much the competition.”
Perhaps the La Salle women’s volleyball team took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ playbook. After the Eagles embraced their underdog role last season on their way to the team’s first Super Bowl win, the Explorers adopted a similar mentality this past fall season.
And taking on that underdog role resulted in a historic season for La Salle. One of Parkland’s very own was a part of it.
Parkland boys basketball senior Gabe Khalife has been a Swiss army knife when it comes to his role with the basketball program. He has started, come off the bench, played as a defensive stopper and has been a top scorer.
Last Friday night, Khalife was the main man in helping to lead the Trojans to a 58-54 win in the Allen High School Holiday Classic championship game at Sewards Gymnasium to give them some momentum heading into the new year.
The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Parkland grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.
A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and Nazareth (170.5) rounded out the top three finishers. Parkland finished with 47.5 points.
The Parkland girls basketball team had a busy schedule heading into its winter break as the Trojans played three games over three days, all on the road. The team has no games scheduled until the new year when it hosts Easton and Pocono Mountain West on back-to-back nights Jan. 3-4, respectively.
Here are some recaps of last week’s games.
The Trojans beat Red Lion 61-37 in a nonleague game at Kutztown University last Saturday.
The Parkland boys basketball team had been playing the role of cardiac kids over the last two weeks, winning back-to-back games on game-winning shots as time expired to defeat both Central Catholic (56-53) and Phillipsburg (63-62) within 48 hours of each other.
But Parkland was on the other end of a close game last Tuesday, falling by three points to Northampton. It was the second East Penn Conference loss out of the Trojans’ first three games this season, leaving them in need of some league wins to keep pace in the competetive Skyland Division.
Parkland swimming’s 2018-2019 campaign launched successfully during early season meets.
In their most recent meet, a Dec. 18 dual-meet at Pocono Mountain East, the Lady Trojans won 111-59 and the Parkland men defeated their rivals 129-41.
The meet featured many individual standout performances. Claire Weaver won the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.10, while Kayla Johnson turned in a strong performance in the women’s 200-yard individual medley at 2:17.88. Sidney Webb took the men’s 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.33.
Parkland wrestling was dominant in its opening season matches Dec. 12 against Dieruff, earning a 61-7 win.
Coach Mike Ottinger’s squad wasted no time getting down to business as Nathan Kresge (113) won in a fall in 3:39. After Gabe Montanez (120) won in a forfeit, tough guy Lucas Kern took care of his opponent in a tough match in 5:33.
Bryan Diaz (132) used only 38 second to win his first matchup of the year, while Mason Lansenderfer (138), who is expected to be a significant part of the Trojans’ machine this season, got off to a good start in winning his match in 1:38.
The Parkland wrestling team opened its season with a 61-7 win over Dieruff last week.
The Trojans won 10 of the 12 contested matches, including eight wins by fall.