The Parkland boys and girls swim teams competed in the Cedar Crest Invitational this past Saturday, with the Trojan girls finishing second among eight teams and the boys finishing third out of nine teams.
Governor Mifflin won the girls competition, while Emmaus took the boys competition with Southern Lehigh edging out the Trojans for second place.
The meet kicked off a busy week for the teams with three meets this week, including a showdown against Cumberland Valley Saturday at home.
The basketball season opened Saturday for Parkland with a tough opponent in Central Dauphin. After falling to the Lady Rams 50-35, things didn’t get any easier for the Lady Trojans when they opened Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play against defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic.
The game against Beca remained close throughout the first half, but the Lady Hawks went on an impressive run in the third quarter. What was a three-point lead at the half turned into a 17-point margin en route to a 57-43 Bethlehem Catholic win.
The Parkland swim teams will get the 2017-18 season underway this weekend as they co-host the annual Cedar Crest Classic along with Emmaus.
The Trojans should have plenty of talent back from last year’s team.
The Parkland boys team went 11-1 overall last year and 10-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The boys graduate several key scorers from last year in divers Chris Lehman and Jonathan Hansell, along with swimmers Bar Maymon, Hyunbin Kim, Charls Villano and Mathew Engler, who was a district champ and state qualifier last season.
Down 1-0 after four minutes of play, the Parkland ice hockey team blitzed Liberty for the next seven goals of the game to earn a 9-3 win last Monday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Parkland (10-0 overall) remains undefeated and leads the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League with 20 points, eight ahead of second-place Freedom.
The Parkland wrestling team graduated three good wrestlers from last year’s team.
But with several returning wrestlers and an influx of some others who were either injured or just didn’t participate last season, the Trojans should be able to make up for those losses to graduation and come out even better this eason.
“I feel pretty darn good,” said first-year head coach Mike Ottinger. “We might not have had the success last year that we should have had. We’re coming back with five or six guys that can really make an impact.”
Not many football teams have been able to hang with St. Joe’s Prep this season. Only two in-state opponents have come within 30 points of the Hawks.
Parkland put up the best effort it could and hung around with St. Joe’s for most of the first quarter before falling 49-14 in last Saturday’s PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The loss ends the Trojans’ season with a 13-1 record that includes league and district titles.
Parkland girls basketball head coach Wes Spence has a way of bringing out the best in players. Spence is especially good at bringing young players along and preparing them to play bigger roles on the team as the season goes on. That philosophy is one reason why Parkland is always competitive both in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and in District 11 play. After a 13-3 campaign in the conference and an 18-9 run overall last season, the Lady Trojans will look to mix a new crop of young players into the rotation to compliment this year’s upperclassmen.
During the 2016-17 season, the Parkland boys basketball team relied heavily on its experienced post players.
With senior forward Sam Iorio, the school’s all-time leading scorer, along with starters Michael Zeky and Zach Bross, the Trojans could use their size to their advantage a majority of the time last season.
But looking at 2017-18, head coach Andy Stephens will see his leadership and experience featured more in the backcourt.
Continuing the legacy t was something that the Parkland football team’s senior class wanted to do leading up to the District 11 Class 6A championship game last Friday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Number one seed Parkland used the strength and legs of senior running back Jahan Worth, while its defense kept sixth-seeded Freedom out of the end zone in winning a sixth straight gold medal in the district title game 30-6.
It was the second consecutive year that the Trojans (13-0 overall) and Patriots (7-6) met in the final.
The third time was not the charm for the Parkland girls volleyball team when squaring off against Bishop Shanahan.
The Eagles were a thorn in the side of the Trojans, beating them twice during the regular season, then ending Parkland’s season last Tuesday night, winning 3-2 by scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 15-25, and 15-11 in the PIAA 4A semifinals.
In the two previous meetings in the regular season, the Trojans also fell by just one game.