Things went pretty much to plan for Parkland’s girls soccer team Tuesday night as it jumped out to an early lead and then relied on defense to take a 3-0 win over Emmaus in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals at Northampton High School. The win puts the Lady Trojans into the district championship and guarantees them of a spot in the PIAA Tournament.
Parkland’s game plan consists of getting off to an early start offensively, and it took the Trojans about 10 minutes to get on the board against the Hornets.
Parkland’s golf season officially came to an end just over two weeks ago. And although none of the Trojan golfers advanced to the PIAA Regional qualifier, there was plenty of positive play at the District 11 Golf Championships.
Kevin Zimmerman led all Trojan participants with a round of 88 at districts to earn a 16th place finish back on October 10 at Locust Valley Golf Club. Alec Cwienkala (91) finished close behind in a tie for 20th and Ben Hembel (98) came in 28th.
For Zimmerman, his round at districts ended a solid high school golf career that he won’t soon forget.
It’s no secret around the Parkland community, and even as far as the Lehigh Valley, that the Trojan football program has been a dominant force over the last few years. They have won four straight District 11 Class 4A titles, and also come league championships along the way.
Parkland head football coach Tim Moncman never wavered in his decision to go for it on fourth down and one from the one-yard line. He had done it before with the game on the line back when he was the head man at Liberty in an important game, and he had the personnel to do it again.
The Parkland boys cross country team won its second straight District 11 title with last week’s win at the annual district championship meet, held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Parkland edged Southern Lehigh 49-60 to earn this year’s title.
“Things went great,” said Sam Morgan, who finished third overall at districts. “We definitely thought we were going to get a bigger gap between the one and two spot, but things happen. Teams show up. We got the win. That’s all that matters. All the guys ran great.”
The final regular season games in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and Colonial League take place this weekend. While several teams are in action Saturday, six Lehigh Valley Press area teams were in action Friday night, including one game that decided a league title.
For more about these games see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title was at stake as the Hornets edged to Trojans 24-21 to win their first outright league title since 1972.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Vy. 0-9
Parkland girls soccer coach Al Haddad talks to his team constantly about getting quick starts in games, “playing downhill” once they have a lead, “finding feet” with their passes and keeping the ball out of the air. In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship game against Emmaus, Haddad’s team got away from those things early in the game, but corrected them at the half and came away with a 2-0 win and their third straight EPC title.
Several Lehigh Valley Press area teams competed in the District 11 Cross Country Meet Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal.
Parkland’s boys cross country team took first place in Class 3A.
The Trojans’s Hailemichael Geiger and Sam Morgan finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the team over second place Southern Lehigh.
Riley Williamson (8th), Nicholas Bower (12th) and Steven Kaleycik (22nd) were also part of the Trojans’ top five at the meet.
Emmaus’ Del Vierling took fifth place overall as the Hornets finished sixth as a team.