Parkland tennis had a tough week last week, playing two very good teams in back-to-back matches. First was a showdown in Bethlehem against Freedom (6-1, 6-1), followed by a match against preseason favorite Easton (6-0, 6-0) at Parkland.
The Trojans wound up on the wrong side of a 4-3 score in both matches. Head coach Michael Hingston believes that his team didn’t play badly and the scores weren’t a great representation of his team’s play.
Parkland opened the girls soccer season with a 3-1 win over Emmaus last week, with Brooke Schutter scoring two goals in the game. The Lady Trojans followed up the conference win over the Hornets with a 2-1 win over Governor Mifflin Saturday.
Senior Rachel Medlar scored a goal in both games for Parkland and Ava Hanna scored against Governor Mifflin.
Against Emmaus, Medlar and Schutter gave Parkland a 2-0 lead at the half and coach Al Haddad warned his players about what could happen in the next 40 minutes if they didn’t come out strong against the Hornets.
A young Parkland field hockey team opened up the season against defending state champion Emmaus last week, dropping the contest 7-1. Senior Meredith Sholder had three goals and two assists for the Hornets.
Parkland (0-2, 0-2) started a number of freshman players, but it was senior Jenna Lysakowski who got Parkland’s goal with 10:43 to play in the second half. Emmaus coach Sue Butz-Stavin said that was the first time her team had given up a goal in the opening game since 1995. Ironically, that was also in a game against Parkland.
A number of animals sharpen their own teeth for when they attack their prey. So, despite playing to a draw in their season opener to Emmaus, the metaphor Parkland boys’ soccer head coach Patrick Birns used to describe his squad is pretty spot on.
“There were a lot of kids that sharpened their teeth for the first time on the varsity level, against Emmaus,” Birns said after Friday’s scoreless draw. “So the speed and the pace we played with, I was super happy with that.”
In the first road game for the 2016 Parkland football team, the young Trojans were tested. A feisty Nazareth team that lost its opener was looking to pull off a big upset. And the Blue Eagles came close.
The Eagles (0-2) were right there with the Trojans (2-0) for 36 minutes, but over the final 12 minutes Parkland got it together and scored 21 straight points to leave Andrew Leh stadium last Friday night with a 38-13 win.
If the Parkland football team plays like it did the first 24 minutes of last Friday night’s win against Nazareth, the Trojans will surely struggle with Friday night’s opponent. Penalties, a turnover and lackluster defense at times kept Nazareth in last week’s game until the final quarter.
If Parkland starts this week’s contest the same way, Liberty could very well earn its second victory in two years over the four-time defending district champs.
This season marks the first season for Parkland’s fall sports teams on the new turf field. While none of the teams have played a regular season game on the field, the early returns from preseason workouts and scrimmages have been positive.
Perhaps the biggest plus that coaches have reported is having pretty much eliminated ankle injuries from players stepping on uneven areas of the old grass field.
There were a lot of new faces on the Parkland School District Stadium field last Friday night during the opening weekend of football.
From the players on the field, to the coach on the sidelines, the 2016 Parkland football team looked completely different from the last time it stepped on the field on December 12 in Hershey.
But just like those 2015 Trojans, this year’s squad opened up their campaign with a victory, taking down Allen 56-6 to give former defensive coordinator Tim Moncman his first win as Parkland head coach.
National championships in any sport beckon the best that sport has to offer.
In track cycling, one of the best resides right here in the Lehigh Valley.
James Mellen of Schnecksville earned multiple national medals, including two national championships, during the 2016 USA Cycling Junior and Elite Track Cycling National Championships at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Breinigsville in late July.
Before any events were even completed, Mellen considered himself victorious.
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.