The final three weeks of the regular season are going to be very interesting in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls basketball.
There are three teams – Bethlehem Catholic (5-1 EPC, 9-2 overall), Easton (7-1, 11-2) and Parkland (7-1, 8-4) – with just one conference loss and four others – Allen (4-2, 8-2), Freedom (6-2, 10-2), Northampton (6-2, 9-3) and Stroudsburg (6-2, 9-3) – with just two losses.
Coming off of a 1-4 showing as host of the Parkland Duals Tournament and a dual meet loss to Nazareth last week, Parkland was looking to bounce back.
A day after the loss to the Blue Eagles, Pocono Mountain East came into Parkland High School Gymnasium, and the Trojans won 11 of the 14 bouts. Parkland had seven pins and took down the Cardinals 62-13 last Thursday night.
Allentown Central Catholic has gone through its schedule unblemished so far during the 2017-18 season. A big reason why is because of its shooting from beyond the arc.
The winning and the successful perimeter play continued Tuesday night in a 72-50 over Parkland (4-6, 1-5) at Parkland High School.
The Vikings, who led the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 3-pointers made entering the game at 104, made 12 over the course of the contest, including five in the first quarter as they went on a 14-0 run to hold a 27-15 lead after the first eight-minute frame.
The Parkland wrestling team didn’t have to travel last weekend as it held its annual Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the teams it hosted provided plenty of competition right in their own backyard.
Parkland went 1-4 at the Trojan Duals, its lone win coming against Exeter (32-30) in the second of five matches on the day. The Trojans came up short against Cumberland Valley (41-25), Council Rock South (34-29), Delaware Valley (34-30) and Northampton (41-23).
Keeley Coval has been on coach Wes Spence’s radar for some time, but she had to wait her turn to truly step into the spotlight because of talented point guards like Rachel Medlar who were ahead of her on the depth chart.
Medlar graduated last season and Coval took over the role full-time this season, just as Spence had envisioned her doing since he first saw her as a much younger player.
The Parkland youth wrestling teams opened their season recently.
The following are highlights of their recent matches.
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The Parkland Red team got pins from Blake Dergham, Leo Dauberman, Trey Tremba and Evan Sutton in a win over Palisades. Parkland’s Chase Kruk, Matthew Velez, Evan Amadio, Leo Kern and Kale Kumernitsky earned wins by forfeit in the match.
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The annual New Year’s Challenge was held last Saturday at Bucknell University and the Parkland girls team swam its way to a third-place finish, while the boys team finished seventh.
The girls finished behind Wilson West Lawn and Hershey in the competition. Wilson West Lawn was also crowned the top boys team at the meet.
In his first two games with the Los Angeles Chargers, Andre Williams didn’t have a carry.
Yet, he didn’t really mind.
The former Parkland High and Boston College standout running back was adjusting to his new surroundings on the West Coast with the Chargers as well as a few other things.
He also discovered how small this world can be.
After spending his first two years with the New York Giants, Williams signed a free agent contract with the Chargers last season and spent the majority of the 2016 season on their practice squad.
Parkland swept Freedom in an Eastern Pennylvania Conference dual meet heading into the holiday break.
The Trojan girls team beat the Patriots 125-55, while the boys team won 98-67.
In the girls meet, Parkland saw eight different swimmers win individual events. The Trojan boys had four different individual events winners.
200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Annie Walls, Zoe Sheridan, Ally Lin, Laurel Krause) 1:59.58, 2. Parkland, 3. Freedom;
200 freestyle: 1. Courtney Sicinski (P) 2:02.28, 2. Natalie Link (P), 3. Grace Newell (P);
When Damen Moyer claps his hands at the center of the mat, it usually means good things. And those good things could have been heard across Bethlehem when Moyer put an exclamation point on a hallmark two days of wrestling for the Hurricanes at their own Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Moyer’s fall over Blue Mountain’s Nate Stine in 4:32 of last Friday’s 195-pound finals gave all the Liberty faithful something to clap about, as the Hurricanes came away with three champions and their first ever team title in the 24-year history of the event.