After an impressive 42-7 victory over then-unbeaten Easton (3-1) last Friday night, the Parkland football team does not have much time to celebrate.
This Friday night the Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) welcome Freedom (3-1, 1-1) to Parkland School District Stadium in another test.
This is a rematch from the District 11 Class 6A championship game last season, which was won by Parkland.
The Patriots are coming off a 26-13 win over Northampton and looking for a marquee victory after losing to Easton two weeks ago.
The Parkland golf team is always excited to take on Emmaus. And this year was no different.
While the Trojans went into the match with four losses on their record, some recent victories over top teams gave them confidence against the undefeated Hornets Tuesday at Iron Lakes Golf Course.
Parkland pulled through, with several players shooting their season best scored to take down Emmaus 393-392.
Good teams want to be tested during the regular season, and there are different ways a team can be challenged.
The Parkland girls volleyball team, ranked second in the state in 4A, has seen its fair share of challenges.
With the front portion of their schedule back-loaded with teams from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North division, the Trojans have come out of those games with wins in convincing fashion.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Even before the Parkland boys cross country team began the season, it received difficult news with a couple of unfortunate injuries. Sam Morgan has been nursing an injury since the end of August, and teammate Jacob Ringer suffered one last week.
However, without two of its top runners from a season ago, the Trojans proved just how much depth they have. Parkland placed fourth as a team despite all of the adversity, placing two runners in the top four finishers of the 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational held on Saturday.
Bringing in a new group of players is something that the Parkland girls volleyball team and head coach Mike Krause have been accustomed to doing for the last decade.
The Trojans said goodbye to another decorated senior class last year. But Krause has players waiting in the wings to step up and lead Parkland back to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 title games, where they appeared last season.
Seniors Kirah Dreisbach and Mia Jago, and junior Grace Steurer are returning starters, and each had a big hand in last week’s season-opener.
While Josh Kiser has taken the early lead as a goal scorer for Parkland, three other players have tallied multiple goals this season a total of 11 different players putting the ball in the net for the Trojans. On Monday, Dawson Berger led the scoring with two goals as Parkland downed Whitehall 5-0 to win its fourth straight game without a loss.
This Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium, two undefeated teams will clash in a pivotal Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football game that could go a long way in deciding the conference champion and district playoff seeding.
Parkland (3-0 overall, 2-0 EPC South) and Easton (3-0, 2-0) have traded punches in regular season and district games the last couple of years, but the Trojans have won the last five meetings.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, that was their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Pigs weren’t helped by what a video replay showed to be a bad call in game four of the series.
The last two years, the Liberty football team had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes had beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs in each of the last two regular seasons.
But last Friday night was a different story.
Turnovers and penalties terrorized the Hurricanes as they fell to Parkland 24-7 in their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference home opener at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.