Parkland athletes are used to being a part of rivalries and nail-biting contests that leave spectators and players alike on the edge of their seats until the final play.
However it was a bit odd for a few of them when they were locked in an extra inning playoff game with, their brethren.
Coming off a disappointing blowout loss to eventual champion Wilson West Lawn two weekends ago at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star tournament, the Parkland boys basketball team was eager to show how good it really is, and ultimately defend the SportsFest title it won last year.
The Trojans came back to beat the Bulldogs on Sunday, on their way to a second straight Sportsfest tournament championship last weekend at Cedar Beach.
The North Parkland Buffaloes played an ugly looking game. They looked beat up, dirty and ragged after their Lehigh Valley Legion Championship game with Salisbury. One can only imagine what they would have looked like if they had lost. The Buffaloes came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab a 6-5 win over Salisbury and sweep their way through the tournament.
The Parkland girls basketball team has had a lot of success at the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star tournament at Cedar Beach, reaching the final three out of the last four years. This year, the Trojans came up through the elimination bracket before falling to Northwestern 20-17 in the championship game last weekend.
Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."
The Parkland boys basketball team was able to take part in the annual double-elimination Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Thursday and concluded Sunday.
Nearly all baseball players start at the tee ball level.
While many players sign up with their local team each year, very few stick with their local program for their entire youth baseball career.
Some move on to other sports. Some move on to other areas. Some go on to play for scholastic teams.
Tyler Martin signed up for Grandlawn's tee ball program 13 years ago when he was five years old. Last month he played his final Grandlawn baseball game.
The summer months have been kind to the Parkland boys basketball team. The Trojans have cruised through their summer league, winning most games by a double-digit margin.
Last Tuesday night, however, Parkland met its match. Another hot team in Allentown Central Catholic outmuscled the Trojans to give them their first loss of the summer season, 44-32 at Muhlenberg College.
When Chad Hess teed it up to start the Pennsylvania Junior Golf Championship Tournament, he thought a top-20 finish in the 36-hole event seemed like a reasonable goal.
He finished 15th in the event last year, held annually at Hershey Country Club, but he felt this year's field of 133 players was a bit stronger. And he remembered a pair of mid-80s rounds he posted at Hershey back in May.
Despite a double-bogey on his first hole, Hess was in the top 15 after the first round of the state junior championship, which was held July 1-2. He shot four-over par 75 the first day.
North Parkland secured the Lehigh Valley Legion regular season title and the No. 1 seed for this week's playoff tournament.
The Buffaloes went 15-3 to finish a game ahead of Southern Lehigh. They earned one of the league's two spots in the Region 2 tournament, which begins July 20 at Boyertown's Bear Stadium.
North Parkland opened the LVL's eight-team, double elimination tournament Wednesday against No. 8 seed West Allentown.
South Parkland finished the LVL season at 2-16 and missed the playoffs.
Brett Kosciolek led the charge for North Parkland both from the mound and in the batters box as the Buffaloes defeated Salisbury 14-0 in six innings last Sunday afternoon at Salisbury High School.
The win was the fifth straight for North Parkland since a 4-1 loss to Southern Lehigh, the team that trails them in the standings by a half of a game heading into this week.