The Parkland boys lacrosse team has had a lot of tough tests lately. And the Trojans have passed each with high marks.
After wins over Manheim Township and Northampton last week, Parkland kept its winning streak going with victories over Emmaus and Cumberland Valley last Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The team hasn’t lost since falling to Central Catholic on March 30.
The Trojans (12-1 overall, 8-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) have now won 11 straight games including Monday’s 17-1 victory over Pleasant Valley.
Poor weather for the local high school tennis postseason is becoming an annual tradition. The East Penn Conference Championships were postponed last week, and there still isn’t a make-up date in place. The District 11 Tournament started on Monday, but players were only able to get one round in before that had to be delayed because of rain.
Parkland swept Northampton in Monday’s track meet. The Trojan boys won 83-67 and the girls team earned an 87-63 win.
Julian Colon (100, 200) and Nicholas Bower (1600, 3200) each won a pair of individual events in the boys meet, while Connor Tempro (400), Riley Williamson (800), Kiaeem Comegys (high jump) and Franco Perinotti won one individual event each for Parkland.
Parkland’s last and only conference loss came nearly three weeks ago when Emmaus used a strong second half to down the Trojans by a single goal. Since then, Parkland has won six of its last seven games, including all five EPC matchups.
While that loss to the Hornets was just a week into April, Parkland head coach Dawn Cipolla’s team learned a lot from that meeting. It set a spark in which Parkland has been able to outscore its league foes 71-33 during that stretch.
Parkland’s boys lacrosse team was on a roll heading into this week. And after Monday’s statement win, the Trojans proved they’re starting to hit their stride in the middle of the season.
The traveled to Lancaster County on Monday and picked up a 15-8 win over Manheim Township, a PIAA semifinalist last season.
“[Monday] we had arguably the biggest win in our program’s history,” said Parkland head coach Brad Schifko. “Manheim is perennially a state power. We got a big W against them.”
For just about two-and-a-half seasons, the Parkland boys’ volleyball team had not lost an East Penn Conference match. The Trojans were seldom tested by league foes during that stretch.
The Trojans lost just one set—not match, but set—over the past two seasons combined to EPC opponents. The team was seemingly untouchable.
The Parkland girls softball team had its toughest test of the season last week against Liberty and came through with flying colors in a tough 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Jenna Lehr had two hits in the game, and Shauna Frank contributed a two-run first inning single and a couple of shining defensive plays in the win.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference recently released this year’s first list of track and field top performances. Several Parkland athletes are among the top of the league, including Sam Morgan (boys 1600) and Morgan Sherwin (girls high jump), along with a few relay Trojan relay teams.
The following is a list of the top five performances in each event this season.
100 - 1. Julian Liaci (Naz) 10.2, 2. tie Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), Zaheer Seabrooks (BC) 10.7, 3. Eddie Brown (ESN) 10.8, 5. tie Julian Colon (Park), Martin Labib, Morgan Heffelfinger 10.9;
Parkland’s boys and girls track team are both 7-0 this season and atop the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings.
The Trojans have beaten East Stroudsburg South, Central Catholic, Pocono Mountain East, Nazareth, Freedom, Easton and Emmaus so far this season. Team scores were not reported to the Press, but individual results of the Trojans’ most recent meets are below.
East Stroudsburg South, Central Catholic-Parkland
100: 1. Julian Colon (P) 11.3, 2. Isaiah Rivas (CC), 3. Christopher Maitski (P);
Parkland baseball seemed to be cruising along, when all of a sudden, two late inning losses threw an obstacle onto the roadway. Last week, Liberty (6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 8-1 overall) came up with a four-run seventh inning to beat the Trojans 5-2, and this week, division rival Emmaus got three in the top of the sixth and held on for a 3-2 win.