When it comes to winning, 2018 Parkland High School graduate Jake Nimeh did a lot of it. He never even experienced a loss while playing in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League.
The Trojans accumulated a total of 68 wins and two ties with no losses, including four league titles and two appearances in the state quarterfinals during his four year career.
Nimeh was also on the golf team, and was the top overall performer on the team at the District 11 Class 3A tournament last fall.
South Parkland pitcher A.J. Palumbo’s mastery over Salisbury in the Lehigh Valley Legion Championship game July 12 at Parkland High School was so complete it could be bottled and sold.
Palumbo, of course, wasn’t the sole reason the Trojans won the game 7-0 along with their second consecutive league title, but he was undoubtedly the lead actor of a two-hour horror show for Salisbury’s batsmen. His 101-pitch, three hit, seven strikeout performance displayed all the aspects of superior pitching: Blazing velocity, late movement and pinpoint control.
First-year Parkland girls basketball coach Ed Ohlson is a familiar name to Lehigh Valley basketball fans, and Parkland fans in general. His son Eddie played for the Trojans in the early 2000s and is now an assistant coach on the boys team.
Ed, who was part of Rich Fatzinger’s boys staff at Parkland, was also a longtime area boys coach for several different schools before making the switch to the girls side.
Last weekend Parkland competed in the A-Town Throwdown Divaz Challenge, which was separate and played a week after the boys tournament for the first time.
North Parkland could pretty much taste a revenge opportunity against South Parkland. Just six outs separated the Buffaloes from earning a rematch with their rival as they held a six-run lead against top-seeded Salisbury last week in the Lehigh Valley Legion loser’s bracket final.
But that’s when North Parkland not only saw that possibility slip away, but also realized its season was coming to a heartbreaking end.
Salisbury scored eight runs over the final two innings to complete its comeback and end North Parkland’s season, 14-12, last Wednesday at Salisbury High School.
The Buffaloes of North Parkland are without manager Terry Stoudt, but are pressing on through the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs with close games all the way through.
As the three-seed in the double-elimination tournament, North Parkland had beaten Northern Valley 5-4 and Lower Macungie 4-3 leading up to their meeting with rival South Parkland Tuesday night. North Parkland had won each of the two meetings between the two teams during the regular season by scores of 4-3 and 7-0.
South Parkland is comfortably in the driver’s seat to win the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League championship, needing just one more win to reach the Regional 2 Tournament. The Trojans downed rival North Parkland Tuesday evening 1-0, scoring just an unearned first-inning run to get the win that puts them in the championship.
The previously dubbed Sportsfest basketball tournament, which now goes by the name of A-town Throwdown tournament, has been kind to the Parkland boys basketball program recently. Within the past decade, the Trojans have celebrated multiple tournament titles on the macadam courts of Cedar Beach in Allentown.
To make it through a weekend of multiple games a day in the heat, and sometimes not having key players because of other commitments, it can be difficult to record wins against a quality field each year.
Courtney Druckenmiller has been cheerleading for nearly her entire life. She’s been in front of hundreds, even thousands, of fans during her days at Parkland High School and East Stroudsburg University.
But the 2011 graduate of Parkland is experiencing a whole new level of cheering this summer. Druckenmiller recently became a member of the Philadelphia Soul arena football Soulmates dance team. She is currently in the midst of her first season with the Soul, which attract nearly 10,000 fans per home game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Terry Stoudt doesn’t like to lose any games, so losing Saturday’s 7-6 decision to Emmaus wasn’t on his list of things to do over the weekend. In the grand scheme of things, it turned out that it didn’t change the postseason plans for the North Parkland Buffaloes. The Buffs will go into the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs as the number-three seed, exactly where they would have been even with a win over Emmaus.
Some things are still up for grabs regarding the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs that begin on Thursday. Two pigtail single-elimination games on Thursday will solidify the final two slots of the eight-team double-elimination tournament beginning the following evening.
But one thing that is for certain is South Parkland’s opponent to open the tournament. The No. 4 seeded Trojans will host No. 5 Carbon Monarchs on Thursday at Parkland High School at 6 pm.