It is unfamiliar territory when the Parkland ice hockey team experiences a loss in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League play. But that happened earlier this season back in October, and the team that gave the Trojans their first league loss in years was staring at them across the ice again Monday evening.
And once again Freedom got the better of Parkland, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period to take down the Trojans 5-1 last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Sophomore Trey Rolle wasn’t even expecting to play on varsity, let alone start his first career game last Friday night before showing up to the locker room.
But the young Trojan wiped away any jitters early on and hit what could turn out to be the biggest shot of his career, nailing a three-pointer as time expired to give Parkland an important 56-53 victory over Central Catholic in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.
The Parkland swimming and diving team competed in two dual meets against East Penn Conference opponents last week. The Trojan girls beat Liberty and Nazareth, while the boys team beat the Blue Eagles but tied the Hurricanes.
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The Parkland girls team beat Nazareth 123-61, while the boys tied 93-93.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids did what other teams haven’t been able to do this season: keep Claire Courter from putting up a pile of points in a game. The Kids defense held Courter to just four points and took a 43-40 win over the Lady Trojans Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Victoria Keenan led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Jenna Rogers scored 13 for Northampton (4-1 overall, 3-0 EPC).
The success of 2018-2019 Parkland girls swimming campaign will come down to two factors: work ethic and a learning curve.
“We have a tremendous amount of work to do if we plan to continue to be successful,” said coach Robert Robitaille. “We are smaller than usual, due to a variety of factors. I am confident that the team will work diligently to engineer what we need to compete.”
The Lady Trojans roster is much less experienced than in years past, and the first few months of the season will be focused on developing that young talent as quickly as possible.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years, as have most teams in this area.
But the Green Hornets had a fast start against the Trojans in Tuesday’s East Penn Conference opener and never looked back. They opened a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. It was the Hornets’ first victory over Parkland since Dec. 20 of 2016.
Ed Ohlson has a perfect record so far as a girls basketball coach. The longtime boys coach who took over the Parkland girls program this year has the Lady Trojans off to a 2-0 start with wins over Harrisburg and Emmaus. Now is when things get a little tougher with games against Central Catholic, Central Dauphin East and Northampton in the next week.
Kirah Dreisbach spent her high school career playing for a highly successful Parkland volleyball team. During her four-year career, the Trojans went 95-7 with two conference championships, four district titles and two state gold medals.
The outside hitter has transitioned to the collegiate ranks where she put together an impressive first season. In 107 sets this past fall for Moravian College, Dreisbach recorded 148 kills and 306 digs as the Greyhounds went 15-17 (1-5 in Landmark Conference).
The Parkland boys swimming program is hoping the future is now. Coach Robert Robitaille has a talented group of young men, but also some question marks. How quickly he can come up with answers will determine their success during the 2018-2019 season.
“We will look to develop the kids we have and give it a good go at the end of the season,” said Robitaille. “We are much younger than usual.
“The team looks to compete with the rest of the Valley and do what they can to fill the best district championship line-up that we can.”
There are ten players in Shippensburg women’s volleyball history that have 1,000 career kills credited to their names. Former Parkland standout and Shippensburg junior Samantha Webber was the latest Raider to join that club.
Webber finished this past fall season with 360 kills and played a key role in Shippensburg (25-8 overall; 14-4 in PSAC) advancing to the PSAC semifinals. Webber now sits in 10th place on the school’s all-time list with 1,010 kills.