For four years Jake Nimeh was part of the regular line up on the Parkland varsity golf team.
Heading into his senior season, Nimeh had been on the cusp or reaching the district qualifier the past two years. His average was less than two strokes off the cut as a sophomore and just a half stroke from making it as a junior.
This year, playing in the No. 1 spot on the team, Nimeh played consistently well over the season and posted an 81.3 average to earn his place in the District 11 Class 3A qualifier Oct. 2 at Olde Homestead.
Through 35 minutes of play, Parkland kept Easton’s offense in check. Despite plenty of chances on goal, the two sides remained scoreless early into the second half of their East Penn Conference girls lacrosse quarterfinals on Oct. 14.
But once Easton struck just minutes after halftime, it started a Red Rover flurry of goals that couldn’t be stopped. The Rovers (15-2) advanced to the EPC semifinals with a 4-0 victory over the Trojans (9-8-1) at Easton High School.
Once again, the Liberty girls volleyball team got the better of Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. This year, it was one round sooner than last time.
The Hurricanes and Trojans went the distance with Liberty winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-12 last Thursday night in the EPC semifinals at Allen High School.
The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.
After outscoring Emmaus 8-1 in their two regular season meetings this season, it looked like the Eastern Pennsylvania semifinal matchup between the Trojans and Hornets was going to be somewhat lopsided when Parkland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Parkland is known for making adjustments at halftime that generate more goals in the second half, but this time it was different. In the end, Parkland grabbed a 3-2 win, but it wasn’t easy as the Hornets completely outplayed Parkland in the final half.
Mason Vogwill lived on the edge for the final two weeks of his high school golf career.
The Northwestern senior finished just two shots over the cut in a district qualifier to earn his spot in the championships. Then at last Wednesday’s District 11 Class 3A tournament, Vogwill found himself on the other side of the cut by a slim margin. He shot 82 at districts, which was held at Olde Homestead after a postponement Monday moved the event from Lehigh Country Club. He tied for ninth place and was one stroke short of moving on to the PIAA East Regional Championship.
After winning their first 17 games of the season, the Emmaus field hockey team went to Parkland High School for the final game of the regular season looking to remain perfect for the third straight season.
After giving Emmaus all it could handle in a 2-1 overtime game earlier in the season, Parkland was looking to end that streak of perfection. Parkland again gave Emmaus a strong effort last week, but came up short in a 3-0 loss to the Hornets.
Tough, hard-fought games are what Parkland had faced the last few weeks of the high school football season.
That was not the case last Friday night as the defending four-time district champs induced the mercy rule and beat Pocono Mountain East 49-0.
“We challenged the kids this week, “ said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “We’ve gone through a pretty rough stretch, but we wanted to see 48 minutes of football and that’s what we got here [against Pocono Mountain East].”
The Parkland football team has been unblemished through the first eight weeks of the regular season, and this Friday night, the Trojans have their final road game of the regular season when the visit Northampton’s Erdosy Field.
If the Trojans (8-0 overall, 6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) take care of business and win Friday night, they will lock in the number one seed in the District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins in two weeks.
Parkland enters this weekend’s contest coming off a 49-0 victory at Pocono Mountain East last Friday.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer semifinal game between Parkland and Freedom was barely under way when the Trojans hit their first goal of the night that made it look like it might be a long night for the Patriots. Instead, Freedom kept Parkland at bay and it would be another 42 minutes until the Trojans scored again.
When all was said and done, Parkland advanced with a 2-1 win over Freedom in a game that got pretty testy at times, especially in the second half.