Since she was two-years old, Jada Mangahas has been doing gymnastics and over the years, has become more and more elite at the sport. Her dedication to the sport has earned her the ability to continue her education at Arizona State University, where she’ll participate in gymnastics and pursue a degree in kinesiology, the scientific study of body movement. The two are a great pairing and Mangahas hopes to continue on toward becoming a physical therapist.
When you look at Sandra Jessen’s family, you don’t have to wonder why she has turned to gymnastics. You would only say, why wouldn’t she?
Jessen’s mom and an older brother have both excelled at the sport and helped Sandra to develop her skills, which will take her to Stanford University next fall where her brother David Jessen currently competes as a senior in gymnastics and represented the Czech Republic at the Olympics in 2016.
Five weeks into the season, Parkland had a 2-2 record and the thought of a return to the District 11 Class 6A championship game seemingly was a distant one.
Injuries to Nick Dawkins and Dante Medlar, among others, played a major role in the Trojans’ mediocre start.
Eight weeks later, Parkland was one play away from collecting its seventh district title in the last eight years. Instead, the Trojans fell to Nazareth, 22-21, in overtime on one of the most memorable plays in Lehigh Valley football history.
The Parkland girls volleyball 2019 season came to an end just two wins shy of a state championship for the second straight year. But this season also saw the Trojans experience a ton of success and it will go down as one of the best seasons in program history.
After completing the regular season near the middle of the pack in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Parkland stormed through the postseason, winning both the East Penn Conference and District 11 4A championships. It was the sixth consecutive district title for the Trojans.
The 2019 Parkland Trojans girls tennis season is over, but it won’t be soon forgotten. The Trojans finished 14-0 in East Penn Conference regular season play and 16-1 overall. Then came the postseason.
“It was a great season,” said coach Mike Hingston. “We won a lot of championships this year.”
The Trojans won the EPC regular season title, the EPC tournament, and made it to the District 11 finals in singles and doubles and won the team title.
Anyone who knows Parkland Cross Country coach Stephen Ott knows he wants his team to “be fast.”
Four members accomplished that directive at the PIAA Cross-Country 3A Championships last Saturday in Hershey.
“I’m happy with how I did, I just wanted to improve on my time from when I ran here last year,” said Ava Bendetti. “This is a very hilly course and the course was very muddy today and slippery.”
Bendetti finished 175th overall with a time of 21:25 and said her experience this year on the team has been valuable.
In the eighth week of the 2019 regular season, the Parkland football team made quick work of Stroudsburg. Three weeks later in a postseason game, the Trojans did the same thing to advance their season.
Third-seed Parkland went into halftime ahead 35-0 in bringing in to play the mercy rule, and beat the sixth seed Mounties 35-7 last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round at Parkland School District Stadium.
In the rubber match of this season’s series between the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams, neither team gave in, and several sets were decided by just a few points. One set even went well past the 25-point mark that usually ends a game.
Coaches will tell you that it’s tough to beat a team four times in one season. Parkland (16-6-0) had to feel pretty good about its chances of doing that against Whitehall Tuesday night, though, since their win streak against the Zephyrs dated back to October of 2012 when the teams tied.
The last time Parkland lost to Whitehall was back in September of 2008, a streak of 25 straight games, until Tuesday.
The Parkland girls volleyball team has taken on an unfamiliar role, but they have flourished. Being labeled as more of an underdog this postseason, the Trojans have risen to the top, just like they’ve done for most of this decade.
Parkland was the sixth seed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament and took down three teams seeded higher to win the championship. Now in the District 11 Class 4A Tournament, the Trojans are the fifth seed and have beaten two teams positioned better than them with a shot at a third for the title.