North Parkland’s hopes for a return trip to regionals were dashed by a loss to West Allentown, giving the Buffaloes their second loss in the double-elimination playoffs for the Lehigh Valley Legion League championship.
The Buffaloes, who came into the playoffs as the number-three seed, won their first-round game against Lower Macungie, but then lost to rival South Parkland, sending them into the loser’s bracket and the meeting with West Allentown.
The Buffaloes finished the regular season at 11-7.
AAU basketball is not just a huge phenomenon for high school boys anymore, it has begun to grow more and more popular in the girls game, too.
That was evident in the Parkland girls basketball roster at the 21st annual Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase Tournament at Cedar Beach last weekend. Head coach Wes Spence has always had to deal with his players being multi-sport athletes, but even more so this year, he dealt with key personnel missing due to AAU tournaments.
The cards were stacked against the North Parkland knee-hi baseball team. But despite the odds, North Parkland finds itself as one of the final two teams playing for a Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League Knee-Hi championship.
North Parkland advanced to that title game after its 6-0 shutout victory over rival South Parkland on Tuesday evening at Wehr’s Dam. It was a six-inning, scoreless effort from ace Drew Sorrentino and relief pitcher Ryan Correll closed it out in the seventh inning.
One couldn’t tell the Parkland and Liberty boys basketball teams that last Thursday night’s game was just a summer league game. The two teams battled all game and into an extra frame in the regular season finale of the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach Park. The Trojans were the only team to score in overtime, and took the game 66-64.
Rising junior Jake Bartholomew led the way with a team-high 19 points. Senior Sam Iorio tacked on 16 points, and classmate Michael Zeky added 10 for the hot-shooting Trojans, who hit 12 three-pointers in the game.
South Parkland finished just one game behind regular season champion Coplay-Fullerton in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings, but the Trojans had their shot at first place right down to the final day of the season.
The two teams met last Friday to complete a suspended game from earlier in the year and then play a full game to wrap up the schedule. South Parkland (13-5) was only able to split the two games, leaving it just shy of first place and the number-two seed for this week’s legion playoffs.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team ended its Carpenter Cup Softball Classic run last week with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“Anytime you lose it hurts, and to lose in walk-off fashion, twice, but I’m proud of them,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They made relationships that will last. They represented the community well, they were blessings.”
Tri-Cape scored one run in the first inning and held Lehigh Valley scoreless until the top of the seventh.
Rising senior Sam Iorio walked off the court last Wednesday in the final minutes after being subbed out. Parkland was already well out in front of Emmaus when the Trojans’ leader exited.
That’s been a familiar scene for Parkland this summer.
The Trojans beat Emmaus 65-37 last week at Parkland High School. Iorio scored 15 while Jake Bartholomew added a team-high 16 points in the rare Wednesday summer league game that was a make up date for a previously postponed contest.
Northern Valley head coach Brad Rauch explained how his team got out of a 2-5 hole to start the year, to being tied for third place entering Tuesday night’s game against second place South Parkland.
“After we started 2-5, our coaches sat down with the players and just preached focus,” Rauch said. “Our pitching really stepped up over the last eight games (6-2) and our hitting picked up. But we had some trouble holding leads, and made too many mistakes on the field.”
A mistake came back to haunt the Chargers last Tuesday evening at Parkland High School.
With little at stake in this year’s Lehigh Valley Legion regular season, North Parkland is looking at its schedule as mostly a tune up for the league tournament.
Only one LVL goes to the regional tournament this season and the representative will be determined through the league’s postseason tournament. While the Buffaloes are in third place with three games remaining, they still will head into the playoffs confident they’ll be the team moving on.
Small Division :
Lincoln Leadership 9 - 1
Faith Christian 8 - 1
Salisbury 6 - 2
Saucon Valley 6 - 3
Notre Dame GP 5 - 5
Lehighton 4 - 5
Warren Hills 3 - 4
Northern Lehigh 2 - 6
Palmerton 2 - 6
Upper Perkiomen 2 - 7
Kutztown 1 - 8
Reading 8 - 0
Liberty 6 - 1
Allen 5 - 1
Parkland 5 - 1
Emmaus 5 - 2
Phillipsburg 6 - 3
Central Catholic 5 - 3
Whitehall 5 - 3
Becahi 4 - 4
Easton 4 - 5
Bangor 3 - 4