The Parkland boys volleyball team has been on a roll lately in conference play.
After winning their first two matches of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action, the Trojans suffered a setback against defending District 11 champion Emmaus. But they bounced back by winning the next three league matches and were primed to make it four Monday against Allen.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster is a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces. Popular players like Dylan Cozens, Mitch Walding and Cole Irvin are back with the ‘Pigs. Young prospects JoJo Romero, Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez are at the Triple-A level for the first time in their careers.
Local hero Matt McBride returns for a second season after playing high school ball for Liberty High School and college ball as a Lehigh Mountain Hawk.
The success of the team seems to be set on pitching.
Parkland baseball picked up a couple of wins this week with shutouts against both Whitehall and East Stroudsburg South. The wins put Parkland at 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the EPC.
Nikhil Patel got the start against Whitehall (4-6, 3-5) and didn’t disappoint. Patel threw five innings and gave up just two hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts and no runs allowed. With Patel cruising on the mound, the Trojans went to work offensively with a four-run fourth and three runs in each of the next two innings to finish the game with a 10-0 mercy rule win in five innings.
Early on it looked as if Parkland would roll to its 12th straight win this season. But Upper Dublin had other plans coming out of halftime.
Fortunately for the Trojans, they were able to hold of the District 1 Cardinals in Tuesday’s nonleague matchup. And Parkland got a big boost from one of its senior leaders when it needed it most.
Three meets into the Parkland boys track season, the Trojans are showing the rest of the East Penn Conference just how good they can be.
Receiving solid performances from a wealth of returning and new talent, the Trojans defeated Central Catholic 132-18, Freedom 111-39 and Bethlehem Catholic 98-52.
“We’re off to a pretty good start, and are receiving some good showings,” said coach Scott Levan.
Parkland’s Morgan Hurd missed much of the 2018 girls lacrosse regular season with a broken wrist. She was able to return for the Trojans’ postseason run that included a district title, but Hurd still admits sitting on the sidelines was tough.
It seems as if the Trojan senior attacker is making up for lost time early this spring.
In what could be a preview of both East Penn Conference and District 11 playoff action, Parkland and Liberty softball teams met Monday for the first time this season.
Liberty came into the game undefeated and had rolled through its first five games with a 64-17 margin of victory. The two teams battled until Parkland was able to put up four runs in the sixth inning, taking a 5-1 win over the Lady Hurricanes.
“What was that?” asked Parkland baseball head coach Kurt Weber rhetorically as he walked off the field following his team’s 17-11 win over Emmaus recently.
The game was a typical game in the rivalry between the two teams, especially at Emmaus’ Church Lane Field where the two teams have seen weird things happen.
This episode in the rivalry included a combined 23 hits, nine errors, 20 walks, 18 strikeouts and three hours and 15 minutes to play. Much of what happened can be attributed to the gusty, swirling winds that dropped the temperature inning by inning.
You can pick nearly any adjective, but three meets into the 2019 season, the Parkland girls track squad has been awesome.
The Lady Trojans have excelled in virtually all aspects in registering victories over Central Catholic 103-47, Freedom 128-22 and Bethlehem Catholic 129-21 for a 3-0 start.
“We’re doing well and we’re off to a good start,” said coach Scott Levan. “We have a lot of depth.”
The Parkland boys lacrosse team improved to 5-0 with a 17-0 win over Liberty Tuesday.
The Trojans were led by five goals and three assists from Greg Santa-Anna. Sam Schmidt added two goals and two assists, while Zach Poremba scored two goals and assisted on one. Eight other Trojans had one goal apiece in the win.
Parkland’s closest game this season came last Thursday, March 28, against Central Catholic.