Parkland’s quest for a fourth straight District 11 Championship went unfinished last week. Instead, the Easton Red Rovers picked up their first division title since 1993 with a 6-4 win over the Trojans.
A couple of errors made the day much longer for starting pitcher Ryan Giovenco, who lasted three and a third innings, allowing just two unearned runs. Braeden Duff came on in the fourth, looking to go the rest of the distance for the Trojans, who were short on pitching options for the game.
One can call the Parkland Trojans underdogs and put the odds against them. This Trojans team really doesn’t care. Those who are smart, though, won’t bet against the Trojans because they’re also out to prove that none of that stuff matters at this point in the season.
The Bangor Slaters were 23-0 coming into the District 11 Class 4A baseball semifinal. The thing about the playoffs is that just one loss ends a team’s season immediately and Parkland (15-7) was the one moving on after beating Bangor 2-1 at Lehigh University Monday.
During last week’s District 11 Class 3A volleyball championships, Liberty was able to accomplish something against Parkland that no other Eastern Pennsylvania Conference team was able to do this season—win a set.
After Parkland jumped ahead 2-0 and held a 10-7 lead in the third set, Liberty began the journey of reversing that trend. Shortly later, the Hurricanes had won a set over the top-ranked team in the state in Class 3A and were very much alive late in the fourth set, trailing just 23-22.
The Parkland volleyball team finished last year as the top team in the state, collecting gold with a win over District 7’s Fox Chapel. With nearly that entire squad back in 2016, the expectations were high once again for Scott Trumbauer’s crew.
According to Trumbauer, the Trojans have had “a target on their back in every match” this spring. It’s hard to argue with him.
The last time the Parkland and Southern Lehigh boys lacrosse teams played, back on May 3, it was a one-goal game with the Spartans winning 14-13.
Last Thursday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium, there was a very similar result, but this time a lot more riding on the game.
It was the ending that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was hoping for, just maybe not the opponent. The Trojans (17-5 overall) wanted a chance to win another District 11 championship, but they would have liked to have faced Southern Lehigh, the team that beat them in the final a year ago. The Spartans were also the last District 11 opponent to get the better of Parkland.
The powerful offense of the Lady Trojans softball team continued to roll Tuesday with a 12-3 win over Easton in the District 11 semifinals, played at Patriot’s Park in Allentown. The win came after a 16-1 dismantling of Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinals last week.
It was a familiar atmosphere last Wednesday night at Easton Area Middle School.
For the third consecutive year, the two teams battling for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title, were the top two teams in the league all year. And once again, top seeded Parkland got the better of second seed Emmaus in three games (25-15, 25-20, 25-18).
It was the second time this season that the Green Hornets (15-2 overall) were swept by the Trojans (17-1 overall) as the defending state champs achieved the first of three primary goals for this season.
For six innings, it looked like Pleasant Valley was going to pull off an upset in the opening round of the District 11 Playoffs against Parkland; then, Mother Nature intervened. With the Bears up 5-1 in the top of the seventh, the game was delayed for 30 minutes by thunder. When play resumed, the Trojans responded with a four-run bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then went on to take a 6-5 win in extra innings. The win moved Parkland to the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs and eliminated Pleasant Valley.
A week after capturing EPC gold in the 400-meter dash, Parkland junior Connor Tempro was back for more. This time, however, he entered the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships seeded third, with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for states.
But that didn’t shy away Tempro one bit from running one of his best races of the season and making it to Shippensburg University for his first state trip.