Muhlenberg College senior basketball player Nick Rindock stepped onto the West Allentown campus as a winner. He won two District 11 championships in his final two seasons at Parkland High School, so the confidence and winning attitude was with him as he took his talents to the college level.
The Nazareth Blue Eagles got off to a fast start against Parkland in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal game of districts and never looked back, beating the Lady Trojans 46-33. The loss ended the season for Parkland while Nazareth went on to beat top-seeded Easton 50-32 and will play Freedom in the District 11 Championship. The win also clinched a spot in the PIAA Tournament for Nazareth.
The Parkland ice hockey team has been the class of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League for more than a decade. That status remained intact another year.
The Trojans skated through the LVSHL playoffs unscathed, first by shutting out fourth-seeded Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night in a one-game semifinal round. Parkland then took care of second seed Freedom in a best-of-three series, winning in two games with the clincher coming via a 4-1 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena Tuesday night.
It is the 12th overall championship for Parkland and ninth straight.
Trading wins during their two regular season games, the rubber match between the Parkland and Northampton boys basketball teams had more on the line. With a spot in the District 11 Class 6A final four and berth in the PIAA state tournament at stake, it was the hot outside shooting of the Konkrete Kids that proved too much for the Trojans to overcome last Saturday afternoon in the district quarterfinals at Allen High School’s Sewards gymnasium.
The third seed Northampton relied on a three-point barrage to take down sixth seed Parkland 74-65.
Parkland had 12 wrestlers compete in last week’s District 11 Class 3A Championships. Half of them earned their way through the tournament and into this week’s Northeast Regional Championships.
Leading the list was silver medalist Zach Ortman at 138 pounds. Brandon Kassis (120) took third place, while teammates Nick Dolak, Joey Guida (152) and Adam Lizak (182) placed fourth. Nate Wieder (220) took fifth place to round out Parkland’s list of regional qualifiers.
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams will compete in the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships this weekend at the Trojans’ home pool. Competition will be held on Friday evening and finish Saturday afternoon.
On the girls’ side, plenty of Trojans are the top seeds in their respective events. The 200 medley relay team, along with Zoe Sheradin (200-yard freestyle), Ally Lin (200-yard individual medley), Annie Walls (500-yard freestyle) and Megan Sicinski (100-yard breaststroke), all have the top seed times entering the meet.
Six Trojan girls student-athletes competing in five different sports signed letters of intent recently at a ceremony at Parkland High School.
Field hockey goalie Gabrielle (Brie) Barraco has been in the cage for four seasons at Parkland.
Barraco was named to the 2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference First-Team, and earned MVP honors. She has 760 career saves and holds a 90 percent save percentage in her career. This past season, Barraco made 305 saves and recorded eight shutouts.
It seems like every time the Parkland girls team turns around this season, its facing unfriendly opponents. In their bid for an EPC championship, the Lady Trojans ran into defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic (14-2), who had started the season with a win over Parkland (11-5) in the EPC opener.
For the second straight season, the Golden Hawks ended Parkland’s hopes for a conference title with a 49-25 win last week.
The loss wasn’t the end of the road for Parkland, since the district playoffs are on the horizon.
After having its streak of conference championships interrupted a year ago, the Parkland girls swim team reclaimed the trophy with a 108-78 win over Emmaus in the final dual meet of the season last week.
This year’s championship is a co-championship with Liberty. Both teams finished with identical 12-0 records overall, 11-0 in the EPC and 4-0 in their division.
Parkland and Emmaus were tied heading into the diving portion of the dual meet.
Two sets of teammates and two other senior male student-athletes joined one another at a recent college signing ceremony at Parkland High School.
Wrestler Zach Ortman was a team captain and leader the last few seasons.
He signed a letter for Army West Point.