Parkland’s girls and boys swimming teams were roundly defeated by rival Emmaus during their Valentine’s Day meet at Parkland High School. However, the Trojans can find legitimate solace in some outstanding diving performances that week.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Parkland diving coach Cary Lehman. “We schedule a lot of meets that build toward the end of the season, so now we’re there. It’s time to go.”
At this time of the basketball season, you can look back and see exactly how a team came to be ranked where they are headed into the District 11 playoffs. If you look at Parkland’s spot as a four-seed in girls Class 6A basketball and look just below them, you see the Lady Bears of Pleasant Valley. The two teams met during the regular season in a game that was moved up a day to avoid a forecast that called for bad weather and was moved to Orefield Middle School and Parkland came away with a 55-40 win.
Parkland didn’t take care of the ball particularly well against Northampton in its two regular season meetings. Nor did it really utilize its size against the Konkrete Kids.
Both of those things changed on Tuesday night in the opening round of the District 11 Class 6A tournament. The Trojans (14-9 overall; 9-7 in EPC) outscored Northampton 18-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 56-43 win at Parkland High School to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond
Parkland’s size has come in very handy at many points during the girls basketball season. The Trojans also have good enough team speed that they can play with most teams that prefer to run an up-tempo style.
But Parkland struggled against the aggressive, fast-paced style that Freedom showed them in the first round of the East Penn Conference playoffs. Ironically though, the turning point involved a strong outside game from a player coming off the bench, which sent Parkland to a 40-30 loss to Freedom, eliminating the Lady Trojans from the EPC playoffs.
For nearly the past decade, no one other than Parkland has won the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. The Trojans are winners of nine straight league championships and 12 in its program history.
But the 2018-19 season has a bit of a different feel for the Trojans (13-2-1). While both of Parkland’s losses have come against unbeaten Freedom, Monday’s regular season finale win over Phillipsburg cemented the No. 2 seed for the Trojans heading into the playoffs.
Parkland believes it has something to prove to the rest of the league. And mainly to unbeaten Freedom.
A group of Parkland High School divers competed in an Invitational meet last week at Northeastern High School in Manchester.
Parkland boys finished 1-2-3 at the event. Trojans freshman Ethan Radio took first place with a score of 498.60, while sophomore Logan Choma (483.9) and junior Kole Cannon (451.20) were right behind in second and third place, respectively.
It’s not easy to beat Northampton. The game plan is to contain two of the top players in the Lehigh Valley in Jenna Rogers and Victoria Keenan.
How good are the two players? They’re both seniors and 1,000-point scorers. With that in mind, Parkland coach Ed Ohlson tasked freshman Kaz Kennedy with guarding Keenan.
“We’re just starting to see what she is capable of,” said Ohlson of his freshman. “They say ‘the sky is the limit.’ Her ceiling is pretty, pretty high. I can’t tell you how hard she works.”
Coach Mike Ottinger has been consistent in his agenda for the Parkland Trojans wrestling squad this season - put in the work and get better with each battle.
The Trojans put up a good fight in their battle with the Easton Red Rovers in the first round of the District 11 3A Duals on Jan. 31 at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. However the Red Rovers proved to be too much wrestling squad, defeating Parkland 40-21.
The Parkland boys basketball team has not been swept in a regular season by Emmaus in quite some time. But the Trojans were on the wrong end of things last Thursday night as the Green Hornets came out on top of the rivalry game 60-51 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.
Jared Kucharczuk and Jake Melady both recorded double-figures in points for Parkland (13-8 overall, 9-6 EPC), who lost for just the second time in its last five games.