The double-elimination format combined with a day of rain outs provided for an interesting twist to the American Legion Regional 2 tournament.
Barry Search has a simple philosophy about coaching that’s not directly related to anything that happens on the field. He uses the approach as an assistant football coach. He used it as an assistant softball coach. And he now uses it as a head softball coach at Parkland High School.
“The whole thing about softball is that it’s all about the kids,” said Search in his acceptance speech to the Lehigh Valley softball Hall of Fame. “That’s what we’re here for, to support them and I have been very fortunate to have some really wonderful players. They have worked tirelessly.”
The South Parkland Legion team made it through the regular season and playoffs undefeated, finishing 20-0 and holding the Lehigh Valley Legion championship trophy Monday night after beating Northern Valley 2-0 at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.
The Trojans made it through games against Emmaus and North Parkland in the postseason in addition to beating Northern Valley (11-11) twice in the double-elimination tournament. The win sends South Parkland into the Region Two playoffs, which begin Friday.
The Parkland boys basketball team has had a ton of success during its summer league season and in the tournaments it has been a part of. Even in the offseason when wins and losses don’t carry as much weight, the Trojans had won seven of 10 games in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League. The also advanced deep into the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament last month.
Coming into the season, South Parkland Legion head coach Tom Kahn did some math regarding his team. He told his coaches when the season started that if they could win 20 games, he and his staff would reach the 100-win mark for their time with the team. With a 16-game season and playoffs, there was no room for error.
The North Parkland Legion team saw its season come to an end Sunday in a 9-4 loss to Northern Valley. The Buffaloes finished the season at 14-6.
Northern Valley came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the league after a cold streak early in July saw the Chargers fall in the LVL seedings before garnering the fifth seed. North Parkland was consistent throughout the season and finished as the number-two seed coming into the postseason.
It wasn’t pretty for either team. But it got better. And it started at one end of the floor.
After a lackluster first half, the Parkland boys basketball team picked it up on both ends of the court to come out on the winning end of its Lehigh Valley Summer League basketball game Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach, taking down Bangor 43-34 in the Big School Division.
The Trojans moved to 6-3 overall and are in the top-five of the league standings with just a few weeks left of the regular season.
North Parkland (12-4) put together an impressive run late in the season and heads into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.
Since dropping their rivalry matchup against South Parkland (15-0), the Buffaloes have gone 4-0, outscoring opponents 42-6 in those four games.
The numbers are skewed by a 21-1 pasting of Coplay (5-9-1) in a game shortened to four innings by the 15-run rule. Another game against Coplay was played just five days earlier and saw the Buffaloes pick up a 7-0 win.
After making it through the regular season undefeated, South Parkland (15-0) comes into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the favorite, holding the top-seed. The Trojans take on Emmaus (5-11) in a first-round game and with a win would face either Lower Macungie or Northern Valley in the second-round game.
The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.
The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.
The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.