It was an exciting game. But that is expected when North Parkland meets South Parkland in any sport.
Each team had a four-run inning, and some great plays on defense, but it came down to starting pitching. Trojans starter Matthew Mellinger pitched a complete-game six hitter and gave up five runs to lead his team to a 7-5 victory last Tuesday night against the Buffaloes at Parkland High School in a Lehigh Valley Legion baseball game.
According to many of the Parkland boys lacrosse players, 2016 was a successful year. Even though the Trojans did not achieve their end goal of a District 11 championship, they were one goal away from that elusive title, and advanced further than some Lehigh Valley lacrosse fans thought that they would.
“Playing for the Parkland program has truly been a blessing,” said senior goalie Joey Stevenson. “The coaches were awesome and the guys were a lot of fun through all four years.
In an all-star football game that featured 127 points, a quarterback with seven touchdowns and an unbelievable 42-0 lead for one squad, it’s a bit ironic that a defensive play would be the game-defining moment.
But that was the case in Thursday’s McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic at Andrew Leh Stadium at Nazareth High School.
Andrew Hillman graduated Tuesday night and is headed to Columbus, Ohio, in two months. But before that the Trojan alum can reflect on his boys volleyball career, one which saw the Ohio State commit accomplish a lot of success and garner a ton of accolades along the way.
Hillman was one of 12 graduating seniors from the 2016 Parkland team that won four straight league titles, three consecutive District 11 titles and a PIAA championship. They were three match wins from back-to-back state titles, but fell in the last game to eventual state champ Hempfield two weeks ago.
Parkland softball players Aubree Fritzinger, Chelsea Morgan and Shauna Frank have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament Team, coached by Parkland High School assistant softball coach Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup Classic is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament that will be played the week of June 20 at FDR Park in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Tryouts were held on May 29 and June 8.
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival North Parkland in the second game of the season, South Parkland has pulled off four straight wins in Lehigh Valley Legion play.
The Trojans’ showdown with undefeated Coplay-Fullerton on Sunday finished with a 5-5 game that was suspended and will be completed on July 1, the last night of the regular season.
That game, combined with the regularly scheduled finale between the two teams on the same night, could well determine the top seed in the league, if the early returns continue the way they’ve gone.
Vassar College senior Reno Kriz recently capped a historic season for the school’s men’s volleyball team. The former Trojan finished the spring season with 385 kills, 147 digs and 68 blocks. His 358 kills wasn’t just tops on the team, but that ranked him third amongst all United Volleyball Conference (UVC) competitors. Kriz finished his career with 1,352 kills (third in Vassar history) and school records in attack attempts (3,381), sets played (426) and matches played (125).
When Parkland boys basketball fans last saw their team, the Trojans were playing in the PIAA tournament with a team that featured four seniors who were all returning starters from the previous season.
Head coach Andy Stephens is tasked with replacing those four and two other seniors who gave him minutes off the bench.
Last Thursday night at Cedar Beach park in the Stellar Summer League, one of those returning players stepped up and help lead Parkland (5-1 overall) to a 56-35 win over Nazareth.
The roller coaster season for the North Parkland Buffaloes has continued, with the team rebounding from a 9-8 extra inning loss to Northern Valley on Sunday to down Southern Lehigh 7-0 Monday night.
This year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star football game is set for Thursday, June 16.
Parkland’s Nolan Ridgeway will represent the Trojans in this year’s game, which is slated for Thursday at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh Stadium.
“A lot of my teammates have played in this and they said it was a great experience,” said Ridgeway. “My sophomore year I had a bunch of friends that were seniors and they said it was a great time and I really wanted to come out and play for this.”