The depth of the Parkland Trojans girls and boys squad was a constant during the 2019 campaign. It was also on display during District 11 Class 3A competition Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
The boys squad earned a third-place finish with 86 points, behind winner Nazareth and Southern Lehigh. Leading the way for the Trojans and finishing fifth overall was Ethan Warren in a time of 17:05. Warren has been the “leader of the team” throughout the campaign, according to head coach Stephen Ott.
The Parkland Lady girls soccer team picked up its sixth straight conference championship last week with a 2-1 win over Emmaus in the East Penn Conference finals.
The win was the third this season for Parkland over Emmaus, with the three games being decided by just two goals as Parkland won two of the games and the teams played to a scoreless tie in the third.
Mother Nature played a role in the championship game by providing a brisk wind that blew from one goal to the other at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
Since even before the 2019 regular season started, the Parkland football team was playing shorthanded because of injuries to some key players. Well that all changed last week.
The Trojans were finally back to full strength after eight weeks and they used their depth and talent to take down Easton 27-9 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game at Cottingham Stadium.
The win was the fifth straight for Parkland (7-2 overall, 5-2 EPC South).
The Parkland cross country teams continued to show improvement this season, with strong performances during Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships Oct. 15 at DeSales University.
The boys squad finished second overall with 88 points, with Nazareth claiming the title. The girls took third with 91 points, behind champion Emmaus and second place Liberty.
The Parkland girls volleyball team had an unexpected path in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. As an underdog in every match, the Trojans were in a position they normally don’t see themselves in.
The Parkland football team is not only playing its best football of the 2019 regular season, but it has all of the ingredients it anticipated for success this year back and healthy.
After several key players missed some time throughout the first eight weeks, the Trojans (7-2 overall, 5-2 EPC South) had everyone back last weekend and they overmatched Easton 27-9 for their fifth straight victory. Parkland will now host rival Emmaus (5-4, 3-4) in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division showdown on senior night Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
Parkland field hockey advanced to the East Penn Conference finals last week looking for its first conference championship since 2003.
Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, they ran into Emmaus, which was able to take a 3-1 win over Parkland to record its fifth straight EPC championship.
While the Hornets were able to dominate much of the play, Parkland made the most of its opportunities and the game was tied 1-1 for most of the contest.
The Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams have a habit of playing more than the usual 80-minute game.
Over the past few years the teams have needed overtime to settle their rivalry games and Tuesday’s East Penn Conference semifinal went into two extra periods before the Hornets came out on top 2-1.
The No. 2 seed Hornets got a first-half goal from Andrew Gaines, while the Trojans’ Alex Wilsterman scored a first-half goal for his team.
The Parkland football team played its most complete game of the 2019 regular season in defeating Stroudsburg 49-0 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference crossover game between teams from the North and South divisions.
The Trojans (6-2 overall, 6-2 EPC) rolled to their fourth straight win and recorded their first shutout of the season and tied their highest point total of 2019. They also put up 49 in the season-opener at Northampton.
The Parkland and Easton girls soccer teams did not met during the 2019 regular season. With the Trojans in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division and the Rovers in the Steel Division, there was no opportunity for a crossover matchup this year.
The two teams didn’t disappoint in a postseason game as junior forward Alex Marsteller scored a first-half goal and the Parkland defense held firm and the Trojans held on for a 1-0 win over Easton in the EPC semifinals Tuesday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.