Shot after shot, Parkland fired away at Garnet Valley.
The Trojans’ big hitters landed countless body blows, but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.
Garnet Valley withstood the attack and denied Parkland a third straight state title, prevailing 25-19, 27-29, 19-25, 25-20, 15-8 in Saturday’s PIAA Class 4A volleyball final at Richland High School in Johnstown.
“That was a really good team,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause. “Everything they did, they didn’t hit the ball out of play, the setter put the ball on pins extremely well.
The Richland High School gym was full of players, coaches, and fans from all over the state during the PIAA volleyball championships on Saturday. District 11 had a team playing in three of the four final matches. Allentown Central Catholic was the only one to come away with a gold medal. Here are some of the stories from Johnstown on Saturday.
Parkland secured its fifth straight district football championship last weekend. Now the Trojans move on to familiar territory when they head into the state tournament to face St. Joseph’s Prep Saturday at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.
The District 12 champion Hawks (11-0) are the second-ranked team in the state and feature Georgia-bound running back D’Andre Swift. They won PIAA Class 4A state titles in 2013 and 2014.
They will be the best team Parkland has faced this season.
Freedom came into the district title game as the hottest team in the area. The Patriots had won five straight, including their last three games of the regular season and two district playoffs games.
But they ran into a team that seems to get hot every November. Parkland continued to roll through the playoffs when the four-time defending champs beat the Patriots 24-14 in Friday’s District 11 Class 6A title game at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Parkland fell behind 14-3 early in the game, but the Trojans overcame that deficit to earn their fifth straight district champinonship.
Parkland entered this year’s District 11 Class 6A tournament as the No. 3 seed with three losses on its record.
They didn’t follow the same path as the past four years, but the Trojans finished at the same destination as they hoisted the district trophy for the fifth straight time with Friday night’s 24-14 win over Freedom.
“We probably weren’t expected to do this, losing the talent that we did,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “It’s a tribute to [this year’s players]. They worked their butts off, weight room and everything. Here we are. We get to live another week.”
Heading into the 2016 season, Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns did not know what to expect from his team. They were coming off of an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title, but a large part of that squad graduated.
Eight seniors left vacancies to fill for a young Trojans roster. What made things even harder was being forced to play the entire year without returning starter and senior captain Justin Evans due to an injury.
The Parkland girls soccer team walked off the field last Saturday night at Tulpehocken High School with a 3-2 loss in the PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinals. It was the first and only defeat the Trojans (25-1) suffered in 2016, and it came with just one kick of the ball, a game-winner in overtime.
The program has a lot to look back on this season as a success. The Trojans defended both their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship (third straight) and District 11 crown (second consecutive).
Just about every high school team has some kind of slogan on the back of their warm up shirts. While those words serve as motivation, they can be hard to live up to.
This year’s Parkland’s girls volleyball team went big with its slogan. Coming off two straight trips to the state title game, this year’s Lady Trojans chose something to reflect the fact that they wanted to return.
Parkland might have entered the District 11 Class 6A football playoffs as the No. 3 seed. But the four-time defending district champs were among the favorites to get back to the title game, despite the three regular season losses on their record.
The Trojans rolled through two playoff games, including last Friday’s 42-7 win over Easton that allowed them to advance to this week’s district title game.
The Trojans used their running game early then went to the passing game to finish off the No. 7 seed Red Rovers (6-6).
Two Lehigh Valley Press area teams won district titles Friday night, while two others advanced to a district title game.
Here’s a quick recap of last night’s action. For more about the games see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Patriots knocked off the top-seeded Hornets 42-12.
Freedom’s Cyrus Thompson ran for four touchdowns in the game, including a 51-yard scamper on his first carry. He also ran in from 24, 9 and 16 yards. Joe Young scored the Patriots other two touchdowns on runs of 68 and 15 yards.