Following a 10-5 loss last Saturday morning to Wilson-West Lawn, Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko wanted his team to respond.
The team bounced back in a big way with a 17-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory against Freedom last Monday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
“We came out flat and played like that all game,” Schifko said of the Saturday loss. “I couldn’t understand it because I know what this team is capable of, and they showed that here today [against Freedom]. This is what I expect of them every game.”
To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That is a saying that Parkland girls lacrosse head coach Dawn Cipolla is living by early on in 2016. She made sure that quality competition from outside of the area was on the schedule for the early part of the year to prepare her team for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 portion of the season.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced an agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give players the same materials and styles worn by players in the majors.
Majestic, the official supplier of uniforms for MLB, is known for its innovation in materials and research and development into uniform styles to make today’s players more comfortable on the field, while providing durable materials that can take the beating of a major league season.
The Eastern Pennsylvania released its winter sports all-star teams last month and two Parkland players were named to the first team, with another earning second-team recognition.
Kyle Stout earned a spot on the first team along with this year’s Most Valuable Player Award. Sam Iorio was also named to the first team while last year’s league MVP, Devante Cross, earned a spot on the second team.
The following are this year’s EPC boys basketball all-star teams.
When the Parkland boys lacrosse team lost to Easton 8-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final a year ago, nobody around the program dropped their head. They expected to be there and to win that game, but also knew better things were coming.
But with an upset in their next game against Central Catholic in the District 11 first round, the Trojans season surprisingly ended earlier than most had hoped.
The Eastern Pennylvania Conference recently released its all-star wrestling team for the 2015-16 school year. The following are this year’s EPC wrestling all-star teams.
State champion Bethlehem Catholic placed four wrestlers on the first team.
The message at last week’s Via All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet stretched from the obstacles that former Nazareth football and basketball player Chuck Dibilio had to endure following a stroke his freshman year at Princeton, to the passionate words that came from Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver, Michael Irvin, on becoming a champion.
The two messages intertwined each other at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, because nobody becomes a champion without obstacles, and obstacles are always in the way of champions.
When a team wins its conference championship, and is one win shy of a district title, there is usually not much of a rebuilding process the following year.
That is true to an extent for the Parkland girls lacrosse team, which finished 2015 at 19-3 and earned last year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship. The Trojans were runner-up in the District 11 playoffs to Southern Lehigh.
Lacrosse has been a part of Adam Goldner’s life ever since middle school. He played on his first club team at the age of 10 for Skyhawks Lacrosse.
A few years later, Goldner made a decision that would change his life forever.
Living in the Parkland School District, Goldner’s academic and athletic career figured to be with the famous red and white colors he grew up around. But there was something that pushed Goldner into another direction.
“I had seen people in the Lehigh Valley succeed and do absolutely fine, but I always wanted something more,” Goldner said.
Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first home game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3pm.
Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.