Anyone who knows Parkland Cross Country coach Stephen Ott knows he wants his team to “be fast.”
Four members accomplished that directive at the PIAA Cross-Country 3A Championships last Saturday in Hershey.
“I’m happy with how I did, I just wanted to improve on my time from when I ran here last year,” said Ava Bendetti. “This is a very hilly course and the course was very muddy today and slippery.”
Bendetti finished 175th overall with a time of 21:25 and said her experience this year on the team has been valuable.
In the eighth week of the 2019 regular season, the Parkland football team made quick work of Stroudsburg. Three weeks later in a postseason game, the Trojans did the same thing to advance their season.
Third-seed Parkland went into halftime ahead 35-0 in bringing in to play the mercy rule, and beat the sixth seed Mounties 35-7 last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round at Parkland School District Stadium.
In the rubber match of this season’s series between the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams, neither team gave in, and several sets were decided by just a few points. One set even went well past the 25-point mark that usually ends a game.
Coaches will tell you that it’s tough to beat a team four times in one season. Parkland (16-6-0) had to feel pretty good about its chances of doing that against Whitehall Tuesday night, though, since their win streak against the Zephyrs dated back to October of 2012 when the teams tied.
The last time Parkland lost to Whitehall was back in September of 2008, a streak of 25 straight games, until Tuesday.
The Parkland girls volleyball team has taken on an unfamiliar role, but they have flourished. Being labeled as more of an underdog this postseason, the Trojans have risen to the top, just like they’ve done for most of this decade.
Parkland was the sixth seed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament and took down three teams seeded higher to win the championship. Now in the District 11 Class 4A Tournament, the Trojans are the fifth seed and have beaten two teams positioned better than them with a shot at a third for the title.
The Parkland football team is playing its best football of the 2019 season to date. Following a 24-3 victory over rival Emmaus last weekend in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season finale, the Trojans (8-2 overall, 6-2 EPC South Division) are riding a six-game win streak heading into postseason play.
Parkland opens the District 11 Class 6A tournament as the three seed and will host Stroudsburg, the sixth seed, this Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Emmaus football team did not have a lot of answers for the Parkland defense in its most recent rivalry game. The Trojans (8-2 overall) used their stout front seven to stifle the Green Hornets (5-5) offensive attack in winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division regular season finale 24-3 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
It is the sixth straight victory for Parkland, which, as in plenty of years past, is playing its best football at the end of the season.
The depth of the Parkland Trojans girls and boys squad was a constant during the 2019 campaign. It was also on display during District 11 Class 3A competition Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
The boys squad earned a third-place finish with 86 points, behind winner Nazareth and Southern Lehigh. Leading the way for the Trojans and finishing fifth overall was Ethan Warren in a time of 17:05. Warren has been the “leader of the team” throughout the campaign, according to head coach Stephen Ott.
The Parkland Lady girls soccer team picked up its sixth straight conference championship last week with a 2-1 win over Emmaus in the East Penn Conference finals.
The win was the third this season for Parkland over Emmaus, with the three games being decided by just two goals as Parkland won two of the games and the teams played to a scoreless tie in the third.
Mother Nature played a role in the championship game by providing a brisk wind that blew from one goal to the other at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
Since even before the 2019 regular season started, the Parkland football team was playing shorthanded because of injuries to some key players. Well that all changed last week.
The Trojans were finally back to full strength after eight weeks and they used their depth and talent to take down Easton 27-9 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game at Cottingham Stadium.
The win was the fifth straight for Parkland (7-2 overall, 5-2 EPC South).