The Parkland golf team might have been the hottest team in the league heading into Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
After four early-season the losses, the Trojans won every match they played since August 24, including last week’s one-stroke victory over previously-unbeaten Emmaus.
The Trojans didn’t have their best day at the league tournament, held at Woodstone Golf Club Monday, but they managed a fourth-place finish in the event with a team score of 352, one shot better than Emmaus and one below defending league champ Nazareth.
The Parkland boys and girls cross country teams each picked up three wins on Tuesday to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The boys beat all three of their opponents in convincing fashion: Stroudsburg (24-33), East Stroudsburg North (15-50) and East Stroudsburg South (15-50). Nicholas Bower (17:05) and Riley Williamson (17:06) placed first and second, respectively, to lead everyone. Four of their teammates also placed in the top 10 to pace the Trojans: Nate Reimer (6th, 17:58), Ethan Warren (7th, 18:03), Jacob Ringer (8th, 18:03) and Logan Iacobelli (10th, 18:04).
The Parkland football team is off to its best start in years with wins in its first games to start the regular season.
A difficult five-game stretch was placed in the middle of the schedule. So far the Trojans (5-0 overall, 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) are three-for-three, with victories over Liberty, Easton and Freedom the last three weeks.
Next up is another challenge, a trip to Whitehall (4-1 overall, 3-1 EPC South) on Friday night.
While both Parkland and Pleasant Valley have strong defenses, the Trojans have some offense to go with it.
The Bears could use a little more offense, so they were relying on their defense when they came into Parkland for a Saturday afternoon game.
Parkland gave upits first goal to an EPC opponent this season, but escaped with a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley in stifling heat.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
It’s hard to believe, but the regular season is almost over for high school tennis.
Parkland has just three matches remaining after beating rival Emmaus 7-0 on Tuesday at Emmaus High School. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament begins next Thursday and with a 9-3 record, Parkland is looking to play a big role in the postseason.
Any team going into Memorial Field to play Emmaus in field hockey knows that it has a tough task ahead. The Hornets are two-time defending state champions, they’ve won 63 straight games and coming into their meeting with Parkland had outscored their opponents 64-0 this season.
The Parkland football team is always looking to get better.
While wins over Allen, Nazareth and Liberty put the Trojans at 3-0, their fourth win over the season might have made the biggest statement.
They accomplished their first goal in winning week one of the regular season against Allen, but they heard that ‘it was just Allen.’
Senior quarterback Michael Ruisch went 16-of-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns last Friday night and the Trojans dispatched of previously-unbeaten Easton 42-7 at Parkland School District Stadium.
For a while Tuesday night, it looked like Parkland was going to pick up an easy win over Easton when the Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
As it turned out, that was part of the problem that led to Easton mounting a second-half comeback. Parkland eventually put the game away on a goal by Ava Hanna with just 45 seconds left to pick up a 4-2 win.
On Monday Ben Tetzlaff joined an exclusive club in the world of golf. Then about an hour later he became one of the club’s most exclusive members.
The Parkland senior hit his first career hole in one during a practice round at Iron Lakes. Four holes later he hit another one.
“It was surreal, amzing and shocking, really,” he said. “I still can’t believe it and I’m the one who did it.”
Tetzlaff, whose been playing the game for just five years, got his first ace when he launched a gap wedge to a 104-yard flag on No. 2 at Iron Lakes and landed it just behind the hole.