As the time expired on the scoreboard at Whitehall High School Tuesday evening, the Parkland field hockey team rushed the field and celebrated.
No, the Trojans didn’t win any hardware, yet. But the program achieved a first for all of the team’s players and it’s head coach.
Senior Madison Molchany scored two goals and sophomore goalie Tess Garchinsky and her defense stepped up when they needed to most in the second half as Parkland defeated Easton 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
The Parkland girls tennis team’s spectacular 2019 season continued through District 11 Class 3A tournament play, as the Trojans claimed their first district championship since 2013, defeating Southern Lehigh 4-0. With the win, the Trojans advance to the PIAA tournament.
“The kids deserve all the credit,” said Trojan head coach Michael Hingston. “They really have worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort into this. It’s just a great way to send the seniors out.”
By the end of the 2019 girls tennis season, Parkland coach Mike Hingston was in a tough spot. He had ran out of adjectives to describe Johanna Wu.
Throughout her senior campaign, Wu used her superior skill, superb strategy and laser-like focus to play solid tennis. But above all, she never said die.
“This girl is just such a competitor,” said Hingston earlier this season. “She does not give up”
The Parkland girls volleyball team knocked off No. 3 seed Central Catholic Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round of the East Penn conference playoffs.
The Trojans (12-5 overall) earned the No. 6 seed for the league playoffs and traveled to the Vikettes’ gym for the first-round game.
Brynn Dreisbach led Parkland with 19 kills and 18 digs in the win. Amber Resendez (20 kills), Lauren Ceh (13 kills), Leah Brunnabend (20 digs) and Jackie Malitzki (52 assists) also were big contributors in the win.
Parkland boys cross country team wrapped up a 16-1 season with a 5-0 showing in its final regular season East Penn Conference meet.
The Trojan boys beat Emmaus (23-32), Central Catholic (15-48), Whitehall (15-49), Allen (15-50) and Dieruff (15-50).
Parkland boys runners finished in the top two spots at the meet as the Trojans placed their top five runners among the first eight finishers.
The Parkland football team has seemed to find its groove of late, regaining healthy players and playing the Parkland football that the program has been accustomed to over the last decade.
The Trojans (5-2 overall, 4-2 EPC Skyline Division) are riding a three-game win streak and will host Stroudsburg (4-3, 4-2) Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference cross-divisional game.
The Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams have been in a lot of competitive matches throughout the years, and the rivals have always shared high and low times against each other.
Following a 3-1 match win early in the regular season for the Trojans at Parkland High School, the Green Hornets returned the favor on their home court, taking care of the rematch 3-1 by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action.
The Parkland football team continued its surge as it scored a season-high 35 first-half points and held on to defeat rival Whitehall 48-29 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game at Whitehall High School.
The Trojans (5-2 overall, 4-2 EPC South) have now won three games in a row after losing two straight. Getting players healthy and younger players gaining experience has helped them get back into the winning ways.
While Emmaus and Parkland have both put together strong seasons in field hockey, the programs have come from very different places to get to where they are right now.
Emmaus has been constant under veteran head coach Sue Butz-Stavin, who is the winningest high school field hockey coach in the country. The Hornets have won 30 straight District 11 championships and look to make it 31 after going through the regular season undefeated.
The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.