The Parkland Trojans boys track team needs no introduction. Last year Troy was 11-0 and their goals for the 2019 campaign are just as ambitious.
“Our goal as in every season is to go undefeated, win the league championship and send a few athletes to compete at the state championship,” said Trojan head coach Scott Levan.
For most squads those would be lofty goals. For the Trojans, it’s an attainable mission. That’s because the Trojans are a machine.
The Parkland girls track team is looking to improve off an 8-3 2018 campaign. It was a good season, but the Trojans don’t want to be good, they want to be great. Their coach says perfection is the goal during 2019.
Coach Scott Levan will have to engineer a successful season without the departed sprinter Hali Perry. But don’t fret tor the longtime Parkland track leader, as he has plenty of talent returning to comprise one of the deepest rosters in the EPC. Chief on that list is distance runner Maddie Zaun, a fierce competitor who leads by example.
The Parkland girls lacrosse program has been the class of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 over the last five-plus years, and it will look to continue the winning trend in 2019.
The Trojans have won three consecutive district championships and four of the last five, and have continued to reload, even after the graduation of some key contributors each and every season.
The Parkland boys volleyball program had a run of three consecutive years from 2014-16 where it won multiple Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships. But over the last two years, it has seen its rival Emmaus take over and do the same thing.
But the Trojans, who are led by 18-year head coach Scott Trumbauer, have a lot to look forward to this season.
The Parkland Lady Trojans saw their season come to an end with a 56-34 loss to Abington in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament last Friday night.
The Galloping Ghosts (23-4) moved on to the second round of the tournament where they defeated Cumberland Valley 52-48 and will now play Upper Dublin in the quarterfinals on Friday.
It was another state tournament game for Parkland boys basketball. The Trojans had been there before. Eight times in the last 11 years to be exact. The stage was not too big.
But Chester proved to be too big with its size in taking control of the second half and defeating Parkland 55-41 last Saturday in the PIAA Class 6A first round game at Freedom High School.
“That was our eighth state tournament in 11 years,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “Kids expect to make it there and work hard to make sure it happens. We have great kids and they work hard for everything.”
The Parkland girls and boys diving teams dominated the competition during the District 11 Class 3A Championships held Feb. 23.
The terrific trio of Lexi Lehman, Alexa Brinker and Kate Gottwald claimed the top three spots with 479.5, 453.15 and 439.50 points respectively. In an interview earlier this season, coach Cary Lehman said they’ve been a steading influence on the Trojan roster all season long,
“Basically they will finish one-two-three, with the order changing from one meet to the next,” he said. “They have just done a tremendous job.”
It’s been a decade of dominance.
No team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League other than Parkland has won a league championship since 2010. The Trojans earned their 10th straight crown last week and their 13th overall.
In Game 3 of the championship series, Parkland broke away late in the third period to hand Northampton a 6-1 loss last Friday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. It kept the Trojans’ streak of LVSHL titles alive after being doubted for most of the year.
The Parkland boys swimming team gave a strong performance during the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships, finishing second in a field of 16 schools March 2 at Parkland High School.
The Trojans accumulated 302 points, well ahead of third-place Nazareth with 264.5 points. Rival Emmaus took first place with 511 points.
Two Parkland wrestlers competed in last weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional Championships.
Seniors Cory Border and Kale Cummings both reached regionals after fifth-place finishes at districts a week before.
Border faced District 2’s second-place finisher in the first round, senior Shawn Henninger (30-8) of Dallas. Henninger earned a 3-1 sudden victory win then went on to wrestle in the 285-pound title bout where he lost by a tiebreaker.