Parkland girls soccer head coach Al Haddad knew exactly what was wrong with his team early on in the District 11 Finals against Stroudsburg and he let them know it. The veteran coach yelled “calm down” to his team from the sidelines about 10 minutes into the game.
Several Parkland runners competed in Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships meet in Hershey.
The Trojans boys team and the girls team’s Sydney DelVecchio ran in the state’s most competitive cross race.
Leading the way for the boys team was senior Hailemichael Geiger, who capped a stellar high school career with a 42nd-place finish Saturday in a time of 16:52. Parkland’s boys team finished 17th out of 20 boys teams that competed in Class 3A.
It didn’t take much for the Parkland football team to get motivated for its first game in the district tournament. Falling to rival Emmaus on the final play of what served as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division championship game the week prior, the Trojans worked all week at practice, preparing to not have that same feeling again.
After a goal-line stand prevented them from beating the Green Hornets in the season finale, head coach Parkland Tim Moncman went right back to the ground game in the first round of the playoffs.
After playing two regular season games that both resulted in ties, Parkland and Emmaus knew that wouldn’t happen when they met for the District 11 Championship at J. Birney Crum Stadium, thanks to the presence of penalty kicks that decide playoff games if two overtime periods aren’t enough.
The first week of the 2016 high school football postseason got under way this weekend in District 11. Here’s a quick recap of Lehigh Valley Press area games. For more about your local teams see this week’s editions of the Press.
Top-seeded Emmaus advanced with a 23-13 win over No. 8 seed Liberty.
District champions were crowned in soccer and volleyball Thursday.
Four Lehigh Valley Press area teams repeated as district champs, including Northwestern and Emmaus in boys soccer, Parkland in girls soccer and volleyball. All four will return to action Tuesday in PIAA playoff tournaments.
For more about the games see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Hornets beat Parkland 1-0 (4-2) in penalty kicks.
On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
Peter Kwakye-Ackah is one of the quieter members of the Parkland boys soccer team, but sometimes, it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
For the second year in a row, Kwakye-Ackah came up with a big postseason goal to help lead the Trojans to a victory. Liberty, the third seed in the tournament, was this year’s victim as the senior midfielder drilled home a perfect shot in overtime to beat the Hurricanes 3-2 in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals.
Just a week before facing Parkland in a District 11 field hockey playoff game, Stroudsburg head coach Jennifer Lobasso declared that her team was the second-best high school team in the nation. The Mounties lost the league title game to Emmaus after holding a 1-0 lead most of the game, and the Hornets are the top-ranked team in the nation.
Following that logic, Parkland could claim to be the third-best team in the nation. The Trojans took Stroudsburg to overtime last week in the first round of the District 11 playoffs.
It took a game to settle in. A game one that went well past the normal 25-point finish was won by Parkland, but only by two points.
The Trojans just needed that confidence to be able to settle in to the District 11 Class 4A semifinal. From there the top seeded Trojans took the next two games and won in straight sets over fourth seeded Emmaus 29-27, 25-17 and 25-18 last Tuesday night at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium.