The last time the Parkland and Southern Lehigh boys lacrosse teams played, back on May 3, it was a one-goal game with the Spartans winning 14-13.
Last Thursday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium, there was a very similar result, but this time a lot more riding on the game.
It was the ending that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was hoping for, just maybe not the opponent. The Trojans (17-5 overall) wanted a chance to win another District 11 championship, but they would have liked to have faced Southern Lehigh, the team that beat them in the final a year ago. The Spartans were also the last District 11 opponent to get the better of Parkland.
The powerful offense of the Lady Trojans softball team continued to roll Tuesday with a 12-3 win over Easton in the District 11 semifinals, played at Patriot’s Park in Allentown. The win came after a 16-1 dismantling of Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinals last week.
It was a familiar atmosphere last Wednesday night at Easton Area Middle School.
For the third consecutive year, the two teams battling for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title, were the top two teams in the league all year. And once again, top seeded Parkland got the better of second seed Emmaus in three games (25-15, 25-20, 25-18).
It was the second time this season that the Green Hornets (15-2 overall) were swept by the Trojans (17-1 overall) as the defending state champs achieved the first of three primary goals for this season.
For six innings, it looked like Pleasant Valley was going to pull off an upset in the opening round of the District 11 Playoffs against Parkland; then, Mother Nature intervened. With the Bears up 5-1 in the top of the seventh, the game was delayed for 30 minutes by thunder. When play resumed, the Trojans responded with a four-run bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then went on to take a 6-5 win in extra innings. The win moved Parkland to the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs and eliminated Pleasant Valley.
A week after capturing EPC gold in the 400-meter dash, Parkland junior Connor Tempro was back for more. This time, however, he entered the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships seeded third, with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for states.
But that didn’t shy away Tempro one bit from running one of his best races of the season and making it to Shippensburg University for his first state trip.
The Parkland and Emmaus girls lacrosse teams met for the third time this year when they squared off last Monday night in the District 11 semifinals at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Ten first-half goals, and a stout defensive unit, guided the Trojans to a 14-9 win over the Green Hornets in the district semifinals.
It was the Trojans’ third straight win over Emmaus this season.
Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko could be heard in the post-game huddle telling his players that nobody outside of their program had any faith in them or believed that they would win.
But high-intensity play on both ends of the field led the Trojans to a 12-7 win against top seed Easton Tuesday night in the District 11 semifinal at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
It was the second win for Parkland in the district tournament, after falling in their first game last year. They took down rival Emmaus 14-6 last Thursday in the quarterfinal round.
Two local teams that each won state championships in their respective softball classifications last season met for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship last week. The result wasn’t what anybody expected. The Parkland offense exploded to down Bethlehem Catholic 13-2 and win the Trojans’ third straight conference title.
Once the year is over, six seniors will have left their mark and gone down in Parkland girls lacrosse program history.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard have all been at least two-year starters, and have been varsity members for multiple years. And they are winners.
With a victory last Monday evening, the Trojans (15-5 overall) captured their fourth straight league championship with an 18-10 victory over Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.