It’s not often that the Parkland girls volleyball team loses an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match, let alone a single game in a best-of-five match. But Tuesday night’s clash against Emmaus was a hard-fought match.
The Trojans were nearly taken to the brink, and could have easily lost the first two games, but made the plays when they had to and put the Green Hornets away in the fourth game to win the match 3-1 by scores of 28-26, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-19 at Emmaus High School.
Alec Cwienkala holds himself to a high standard. When he set a lofty goal of finishing in the top five of last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships, there was no question that he couldn’t achieve it. It was all a matter of how he executed his game plan.
After a slow start to the round, he proved he was up to the challenge. Cwienkala shot an 80 last Monday at Bethlehem Golf Club to earn fifth place in the conference championships. The top-five finish exempted him from having to play in the district-qualifying round.
The Parkland boys cross country team improved to 9-0 last week with a dominating performance at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. The Trojans swept Freedom (15-49), Liberty (15-50) and Bethlehem Catholic (15-50) as five Trojans were the first runners across the line in five-team meet.
Hailemichael Geiger took first place, followed by teammate Sam Morgan in second, followed by Nick Bower (third), Steven Kaleycik (fourth) and Riley Williamson (fifth).
With the rain coming down and a chill in the air, the Parkland football team headed to the locker room at halftime down 14-13 to visiting Whitehall. A couple of touchdowns by Zach Gilbert and a few key defensive stops helped the Zephyrs to the early lead.
But as the third quarter began, senior running back Frank Guida and junior back Jahan Worth put their games into a new gear and awoke the Trojan offense.
The Hornets and Trojans tied for the second time in two meetings this season.
Josh Kiser scored Parkland’s goal with an assist from Mark Stenske.
Jonathan Heberlein scored for Emmaus.
Hornet goal keeper Dylan Sosnow made nine saves, while Jacob Varrato stopped three shots for Parkland.
For more about the game and both teams, see this week’s editions of the East Penn Press and Parkland Press.
The Hornets won the JV game 2-1.
The Konkrete Kids beat the Zephyrs 2-1 in overtime.
Here’s our weekend roundup of Lehigh Valley Press high school teams which includes games from Sept. 30 and Oct. 1:
BOYS SOCCER Whitehall-Bethlehem Catholic.
The Hawks beat the Zephys, 2-1 in overtimes.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Joe Hawach scored the game-winner in overtime. David Caccese had the other Golden Hawk goal. Connor Aitken assisted on both goals.
Whitehall’s goal was scored by Henry Toussaint, assisted by Tony Rodriguez.
Goal keeper Tom Corley stopped four shots for the Hawks. Whitehall’s Bailey Luckenbill made three saves.
Emmaus, Parkland, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northwestern all pulled off big wins Friday night. Here’s a recap of the action. For more about the games see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Emmaus 37, Freedom 35
Lubens Myers ran for three touchdowns as the undefeated Hornets beat the Patriots 37-35.
Emmaus (6-0) bhuilts a 30-14 lead in the third quarter before Freedom (3-3) and quarterback Joe Young, who passed for three second-half touchdowns, battled back.
Despite rain in the area it was still a busy day for Lehigh Valley Press sports teams on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Konkrete Kids beat the Bears 2-1 in overtime.
Ryan Kennan and Tyler Andrews scored unassisted goals for Northampton. Kelvy Gomez netted Pleasant Valley’s game-tying goal in the second half.
In goal, Morgan Heffelfinger stopped four shots for the Kids, who out-shot the Bears 5-3. Brad Brickman stopped one shot for the Pleasant Valley.
Freedom-East Stroudsburg North
It had been 130 minutes and 35 seconds since the Parkland football team has allowed an opponent to score. Since they gave up two early touchdowns in a 14-6 loss to Liberty three weeks ago, the Trojans have shutout Easton and Freedom’s dynamic offenses in back-to-back weeks.
Parkland defenses have had dominant performances through the past couple of years, under Tim Moncman, the team’s current head coach who was in charge of the defense before taking on the top job this year.
The Parkland football team is getting a lot of attention because of its defense. But there’s another Trojan team that has just as impressive of a run.