In high school softball, a little bit of offense can go a long way if you’ve got strong pitching and defense. That’s been the recipe in the early going for Parkland and coach Barry Search doesn’t see that strategy changing too much throughout the season. Parkland’s latest win was a 1-0 victory over Nazareth on Monday to move to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the East Penn Conference.
The Parkland boys volleyball team had been finding a rhythm during the first two weeks of the regular season. It won its opening Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches and earned victories against state-ranked opponents in Ambridge and Lower Dauphin, number one and number eight in the Class 2A rankings, respectively.
But the Trojans lost their rhythm last Monday evening in a three-set loss to defending EPC and District 11 champion Emmaus by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-23 at Parkland High School.
Only six matches into the season, the Parkland boys tennis team has shown it is calm, cool and collected.
The Trojans have also shown they are a perfect 6-0. Perhaps more impressive is that most of Parkland’s roster is too young to know they’re not supposed to be this good this early.
“They are playing well and they are extremely young guys,” said head coach Mike Hingston. “They are definitely showing me something.”
Slowly but surely, the bats are warming up for the Parkland baseball team. And that spells trouble for the rest of the East Penn Conference. In the past week, the Trojans have scored 31 runs in three games, including a 9-0 win over Nazareth (2-2 overall, 2-2 EPC) on Monday and a 15-0 pasting of Central Catholic (0-5, 0-3) last Thursday. In between came a 7-3 win against Wilson-West Lawn, and all of a sudden, Parkland is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the EPC.
The Parkland boys volleyball team began the 2019 season with a win. The Trojans squared off with a talented and experienced Northampton team in a season-opening victory in the home-opener Tuesday afternoon at Parkland High School by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-23.
Parkland may have had to wait a few extra days to open up its 2019 campaign, as most other District 11 teams did so last Friday, but it proved to be worth the wait. The Trojans came out on top, but they had to fight for every point in every set.
The Lady Trojans spent a few days in the warmth of Florida tuning up for the high school softball season. Their four games at Disney’s Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando proved fruitful as they went 3-1 on the trip with the only loss coming to Immaculate Heart Academy of New Jersey in their opening game.
The Parkland baseball roster took a hit with the graduation of three hitters who all batted above .330 last season. In addition to those losses, other key bats left for college, leaving the offense as a question mark coming into the season.
The good news is that Parkland seems to have a machine hidden somewhere deep in the high school that keeps cranking out pitchers, so the Trojans will still be a team to contend with both in the East Penn Conference and District 11 this season.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and a District 11 championship last season, their second district title in a row. The Trojans won their first state playoff game in school history, but fell to eventual Class 3A state runner-up LaSalle College High School in the state quarterfinals.
Yes Parkland graduated some talented and experienced players from that roster, but more importantly it brings a good amount of talent back. That includes the EPC MVP in senior attack James Cipolla, an Ohio State University commit.
Three divers and one swimmer from Parkland came home from Bucknell University with medals in the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend.
Sophomore Ally Lin brought home a fourth-place medal in the 500-yard freestyle event, while divers Lexi Lehman and Alexa Brinker finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the event. Sophomore Logan Choma finished seventh in diving in the boys’ competition.
The Parkland Trojans boys track team needs no introduction. Last year Troy was 11-0 and their goals for the 2019 campaign are just as ambitious.
“Our goal as in every season is to go undefeated, win the league championship and send a few athletes to compete at the state championship,” said Trojan head coach Scott Levan.
For most squads those would be lofty goals. For the Trojans, it’s an attainable mission. That’s because the Trojans are a machine.