Parkland graduate Ethan Lizak took second place in the nation in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships last week.
Lizak, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, met former youth wrestling rival Darian Cruz in the 125-pound NCAA final last week.
The two former Valley Elementary Wrestling League foes squared off in St. Louis last Saturday with No. 4 seed Cruz taking the title via a 6-3 decision in the title bout.
The PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. Parkland has three boys and three girls who will be competing for individual medals in the competition.
After winning its ninth straight District 11 Championship, the Parkland girls team will have Alexa Brinker, Lexi Lehman, Zoe Sheridan and Megan Sicinski competing at Bucknell. The boys team will have Matt Ceh, James Connolly and Matt Engler all competing.
Jada Mangahas and Anna Yeakel’s journeys have been eerily similar.
Both are Parkland residents who participate in gymnasts at Parkettes. Mangahas started with mommy-and-me classes around four years old; Yeakel began at the age of two when her mother signed her up. Since then, both have seen plenty of success in the sport.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
The academic and athletic resumes of every athlete in the building were loaded.
Zach Ortman may have appeared to be an underdog on paper heading into the PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament at Hershey’s Giant Center over the weekend, but Ortman knew he belonged with the best.
Ortman finished in fourth place following a 10-2 defeat to Upper Darby’s Colin Cronin in the third-place bout of the 138-pound category, but it was a three-day performance that personified Ortman’s work ethic.
Anytime a local high school basketball team draws a team from District 12 – the Philadelphia region – in the PIAA playoffs, it could be in for a wild ride.
District 12 is perennially strong and is known for an aggressive, up-tempo play. Parkland (17-10), the second-place team from District 11 got a tough draw, having to play Archbishop Ryan (21-5) from the Philadelphia Catholic League in its first round contest at Saturday Freedom High School.
Parkland’s girls basketball team had high hopes coming into the PIAA Tournament, but knew that its road to a championship would be a difficult one, to say the least. First up was a tough Central Bucks South team, which provided more than enough competition, downing Parkland 45-27 to end the Lady Trojans’ season.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.
Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.