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
Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
The double-elimination tournament was scheduled to resume on June 22 and end on June 23.
“There are good teams down there,” Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan said, “and we have as good a team as any.”
Lehigh Valley began the tournament with a 9-3 victory over Delaware North. Parkland’s Shauna Frank had the first RBIs of the day with a three-run triple.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team went 1-1 in this year’s tournament. The team beat Mercer County (New Jersey) 12-9 in it a first-round game last Wednesday, but lost 6-4 to the Suburban One League American/Continental team in Friday’s second round, eliminated the Lehigh Valley from the single-elimination tournament.
In the win over Mercer Country, the Lehigh Valley took a lead when Northwetsern’s Tyler Schreiner sacrificed to score Brett Foulke (Notre Dame GP) in the second innnig before CJ Gantz (Nothampton) scored on a Trey Durrah (Easton) walk for a 2-0 lead.
It was an exciting game. But that is expected when North Parkland meets South Parkland in any sport.
Each team had a four-run inning, and some great plays on defense, but it came down to starting pitching. Trojans starter Matthew Mellinger pitched a complete-game six hitter and gave up five runs to lead his team to a 7-5 victory last Tuesday night against the Buffaloes at Parkland High School in a Lehigh Valley Legion baseball game.
According to many of the Parkland boys lacrosse players, 2016 was a successful year. Even though the Trojans did not achieve their end goal of a District 11 championship, they were one goal away from that elusive title, and advanced further than some Lehigh Valley lacrosse fans thought that they would.
“Playing for the Parkland program has truly been a blessing,” said senior goalie Joey Stevenson. “The coaches were awesome and the guys were a lot of fun through all four years.
In an all-star football game that featured 127 points, a quarterback with seven touchdowns and an unbelievable 42-0 lead for one squad, it’s a bit ironic that a defensive play would be the game-defining moment.
But that was the case in Thursday’s McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic at Andrew Leh Stadium at Nazareth High School.
Andrew Hillman graduated Tuesday night and is headed to Columbus, Ohio, in two months. But before that the Trojan alum can reflect on his boys volleyball career, one which saw the Ohio State commit accomplish a lot of success and garner a ton of accolades along the way.
Hillman was one of 12 graduating seniors from the 2016 Parkland team that won four straight league titles, three consecutive District 11 titles and a PIAA championship. They were three match wins from back-to-back state titles, but fell in the last game to eventual state champ Hempfield two weeks ago.
Parkland softball players Aubree Fritzinger, Chelsea Morgan and Shauna Frank have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament Team, coached by Parkland High School assistant softball coach Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup Classic is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament that will be played the week of June 20 at FDR Park in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Tryouts were held on May 29 and June 8.
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival North Parkland in the second game of the season, South Parkland has pulled off four straight wins in Lehigh Valley Legion play.
The Trojans’ showdown with undefeated Coplay-Fullerton on Sunday finished with a 5-5 game that was suspended and will be completed on July 1, the last night of the regular season.
That game, combined with the regularly scheduled finale between the two teams on the same night, could well determine the top seed in the league, if the early returns continue the way they’ve gone.