Everyone around the Lehigh Valley knows the last name Dawkins, and the sport that it is primarily associated with. Darryl Dawkins played for the played 14 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers and New Jersey Nets.
Nick Dawkins is a star offensive lineman for the Parkland football team that is committed to play at Penn State University next fall.
So why not basketball?
The Parkland golf team opened the season with four wins and four losses in it’s first four matches. After splitting a tri-match with Easton and Central Catholic in the season opener, the Trojans defeated three opponents at Shawnee Golf Course in their second match.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Central Catholic 400, Parkland 419, Easton 426
It didn’t take long to get back to where he was before. After missing almost a full season, Parkland junior running back Isiah Rico never lost a step.
Rico carried the ball 31 times and amassed 209 yards while scoring three touchdowns to lead a dominant rushing game in the Trojans’ season-opening 49-14 win last Friday night at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Rico suffered an injury four weeks into his sophomore campaign last year, but has come back stronger than before. The Parkland ground game totaled 429 yards and accounted for all seven touchdowns.
Maddie Consuelos ran competitively all four years of high school career at Northwestern, even for years before that. But after she was looking for something new to challenge herself athletically after high school.
When one of her running coaches brought up the idea of participating in triathlons, Consuelos was initially hesitant and unsure. But she eventually gave in during the summer before her senior season at Northwestern and never looked back.
In the fast-paced world of high school football, Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough still tries to step back and look at the big picture.
It’s his version of smelling the roses and keeping some moderation.
“Over time, I think I have tried to slow things down and enjoy everything that goes into it,” said Fairclough recently at the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation media night at Northampton High School Aug. 6. He was among 18 coaches from the greater Lehigh Valley who represented their schools along with a handful of players from each team.
Loretta Dodson and her husband left the Lehigh Valley last week to take a trip out west. The two enjoy visiting the national parks, and will use this vacation to see Arches National Park in Utah and Mesa Verde in Colorado.
Dodson will have some extra time in the upcoming fall seasons to see more of that.
Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound toward the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.
Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.
The Parkland boys basketball team found itself this summer. After another run at a District 11 championship fell just short in the final, the Trojans have kept their foot on the pedal and continued the tradition of winning ways in the offseason.
Parkland went undefeated in pool play, winning all three games at the A-Town Throwdown to advance to the playoff portion. The Trojans also qualified for the Cedar Beach league playoffs, earning a spot in the final four of the field.
All season long, the stated goal for the South Parkland American Legion baseball team was a state championship.
The Trojans run took them through an undefeated regular season and then through regionals to claim the Region 2 title with a win over a Souderton team comprised primarily of players who were on the PIAA championship team from Souderton High School.
If you were concerned about South Parkland’s loss to Souderton last Tuesday in the Regional 2 American Legion baseball playoffs, your fears were set aside one night later when the Trojans met up with the same Souderton team in a winner-take-all championship.
True to form, it was all about the pitching for South Parkland, which rode the arm of Adam Smith to a 3-0 win over Souderton, gaining a trip to states for the 24-1 Trojans.