Three weeks ago, the Parkland football program was in the spotlight because its head coach’s retirement. Last Wednesday afternoon, two Trojans players were back in front of media for the first time since playing in the PIAA state championship game in December.
Nolan Ridgway and Steven Feher, along with cross country and track runner Mikayla Stoudt, were honored in a ceremony at Parkland High School where the three student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the NCAA level.
In their four wins this season, the Parkland boys lacrosse team has lit up the scoreboard. The Trojans have averaged 19 goals through those four victories. And they were at it again last Tuesday night.
Seven different players combined to score 17 goals in a 17-5 thumping of Nazareth at Andrew Leh Stadium.
The game between Parkland and Pennridge last Friday night came with a lot of hype. The Trojans came into the game ranked as the top team in the state in Class 3A, and the Rams were close behind, ranked No. 3.
But only one team showed up and played to its ranking. Parkland used its height and hitting power to beat the team out of District 1 in three straight games 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16.
“They have a lot of talent and it was great for us to get this win,” said senior libero Jared Silverstein. “They hit hard, so it helps us work on our defense and blocking.
Coming into the 2016 season for the Parkland girls lacrosse team, the question wasn’t can they score, but who will score for the Trojans. Last year with Sophie Castillo and Mackenzie Galli doing a majority of the scoring, Parkland has been tasked with filling those voids and trying not to skip a beat.
Last week, the Trojans had two games, and combined to score 40 goals and two wins. And last Monday night in a makeup game against rival Emmaus, Parkland netted 18 goals in taking down the Green Hornets 18-9 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
The Parkland boys tennis team suffered its lone setback of the season so far, in a 4-3 loss to Moravian Academy (6-0, 7-0) in a non-conference match last Friday. The good news is that the Trojans shook off that loss and came right back to beat Central Catholic (7-3, 8-3) in a convincing 7-0 fashion to keep their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference record perfect at 7-0 on the season.
The Trojan tennis team continued its fast start with an impressive 7-0 blanking of Stroudsburg (5-3) to up its season mark to a perfect 5-0. Through Parkland’s five matches so far, Parkland has dropped just one game, with that coming in a 6-1 win over Allen last week.
The defending PIAA Class 3A champion Parkland boys volleyball team is off to the start it were hoping for. The Trojans came fast out of the gate, going 17-1-2 in their first 20 matches, including wins over Derry High School (No. 5 in state in Class 2A) and Pennridge (No. 3 in Class 3A). The only defeat came last weekend against Northeastern (No. 1 in Class 2A) in the Bobcat Invitational Tournament, which the Trojans finished second overall.
It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel days, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
When it comes to dominating their league in softball, nobody knows how to do that better than the Lady Trojans. Coming into Tuesday, they had won 33 straight regular season games against conference opponents, whether in the Lehigh Valley Conference or Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. They also hadn’t lost to a team from the Lehigh Valley since a loss to Northampton in districts three years ago.
Now, it’s time for the Trojans to start a new streak, after Freedom came away with a 5-4 win over Parkland Tuesday at Parkland High School.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference recently released its first list of track and field top performers for the 2016 season.
Several Parkland athletes are at the top of the league in their events and several others are among the top five through the first week of the season.
Sam Morgan leads the league in two events, the 800- and 1600-meter runs, while teammate Dan Kyvelos has the league’s best 3200-meter time.
The following is a list of the top five performers in the EPC in each event, along with the top Parkland athlete in each event.