Parkland head coach Scott Trumbauer couldn’t have asked for a better start. But he could have probably asked for a different ending.
In Monday’s EPC volleyball semifinals, Parkland did something against Emmaus that no other conference foe could this season—take a set against the unbeaten Hornets. The Trojans won the first set in thrilling fashion.
Parkland only needed one run to win Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal softball game. The No. 2 seed Trojans got the game’s only run in the second inning then held off a seventh-inning rally from No. 3 Easton to advance to this week’s title game with a 1-0 victory.
The Rovers had their best chance to score when Gillian Walsh blasted a double to the right-field fence to lead off the seventh inning. But Parkland got out of the inning with two ground outs and a strike out to complete the three-hit shut out.
Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:
The Parkland track teams swept Whitehall last week.
The Trojan girls team won 95-55, while the boys team earned a 123-27 win with Parkland athletes taking first place in all but three boys events.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team beat Central Catholic last week 17-3. Camryn Barnett scored eight Parkland goals, while teammate Abby Pope scored three and Jill Bushinsky, Irene Lee and Mackenzie Roth had two goals each. Roth also assisted on two goals, while Bushinsky, Lee and Abby Giacobbe assisted on one goal each.
Parkland goal keeper Brie Barraco made five saves in the win.
Parkland heads into Thursday’s game against Emmaus with a 12-3 overall recored and a 9-0 mark in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play.
In just its first game of the 2018 regular season, the defending District 11 Class 3A champion Parkland boys lacrosse team suffered a two-goal setback to defending 2A champ Central Catholic in a battle of last year’s gold medalists.
The two teams met again Tuesday, but this time the outcome was spun around.
Few outside the Parkland boys tennis program expected the team to reach this year’s District final.
But after Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Emmaus, the No. 2 seed Trojans are not only headed to Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A title match at Lehigh University, but they could also be regarded as the favorite in the match.
Junior attacker James Cipolla had a night to remember. The Ohio State commit had five goals and an assist in leading the Parkland boys lacrosse team to an 11-3 win last Thursday night against Emmaus in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
The Trojans (10-3 overall, 8-1 EPC) blitzed the Green Hornets (8-5, 7-3) in the second half, outscoring them 7-0 after intermission, with six of those goals coming in the fourth quarter.
After a lopsided loss to Parkland the first time the teams met this season, the Emmaus baseball team looked forward to Monday’s meeting against Parkland. The Hornets surely remembered the 14-run shelling the Trojans put up in one inning the first time around.
Monday’s game went right down to the wire. And in dramatic fashion, a 4-3 Trojan win that was far different than the 17-1 drubbing a few weeks ago.
There were plenty of busy athletes at last Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet.
But there might have been none busier than Parkland junior Shelby Staib.
While many track and field competitors participate in several events, few of them take their talents from one discipline to another. Staib, however, excels in both throwing and jumping events. She competed in two events in each discipline last Friday and earned top five finishes in each one.