The Parkland and Emmaus girls lacrosse teams met for the third time this year when they squared off last Monday night in the District 11 semifinals at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Ten first-half goals, and a stout defensive unit, guided the Trojans to a 14-9 win over the Green Hornets in the district semifinals.
It was the Trojans’ third straight win over Emmaus this season.
Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko could be heard in the post-game huddle telling his players that nobody outside of their program had any faith in them or believed that they would win.
But high-intensity play on both ends of the field led the Trojans to a 12-7 win against top seed Easton Tuesday night in the District 11 semifinal at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
It was the second win for Parkland in the district tournament, after falling in their first game last year. They took down rival Emmaus 14-6 last Thursday in the quarterfinal round.
Two local teams that each won state championships in their respective softball classifications last season met for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship last week. The result wasn’t what anybody expected. The Parkland offense exploded to down Bethlehem Catholic 13-2 and win the Trojans’ third straight conference title.
Once the year is over, six seniors will have left their mark and gone down in Parkland girls lacrosse program history.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard have all been at least two-year starters, and have been varsity members for multiple years. And they are winners.
With a victory last Monday evening, the Trojans (15-5 overall) captured their fourth straight league championship with an 18-10 victory over Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
Unfortunately for the Trojan tennis team, its run in the PIAA Tournament didn’t take the team to championship weekend in Hershey. Parkland fell to Wissahickon 4-0 Tuesday in the first round of the state team tournament, which was played at Winning Touch Tennis in Allentown. The loss finished the season for Parkland, which ended with a 17-2 record, although singles player Nick Kshatri is still set to play in states in search of a singles title.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team had seen Central Catholic twice during the regular season, and both times it had beaten the Vikings (14-11 on March 31 and 15-9 on April 28).
Beating a team three times in a row is always a tough task, and it proved to be too difficult for the Trojans last Thursday evening at Parkland High School.
Parkland’s Connor Tempro received news on Wednesday that would drastically alter the stage of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 400-meter dash.
Tempro, who was seeded second in the event, got word that No. 1 seed Nate Fogle had dropped out of competition due to an injury. That was his biggest competition going into the event, with Fogle seeded roughly a second faster. But when he found out Fogle wouldn’t be a threat, there was little doubt in Tempro’s mind as to who would win the 400.
Back on April 14, Parkland and Easton girls lacrosse teams played to a one-goal decision at 13-12, where anything could have happened.
But last Monday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, it didn’t take long for one team to show its dominance.
The Trojans (15-5 overall) scored seven of the game’s first eight goals to take a 7-1 lead midway through the first half after the game was tied at one.
They were never really threatened on their way to an 18-10 victory and a second straight EPC title.
Parkland has been waiting for this time of the year and the Trojans were hoping to add their first piece of hardware last night in the EPC volleyball championship.
The Trojans took on Emmaus in a rematch of last year’s conference championship and the expected result was one of victory.
Unfortunately, last night’s result was past Press deadlines, but if there are any sure bets in local sports, Parkland volleyball might be the most guaranteed prospect. But head coach Scott Trumbauer is never the type to take anyone for granted.
The Parkland softball team knows a lot about postseason success.
A year ago, the Trojans went on an incredible playoff run, capturing Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, District 11 and state championships.
But of all the lessons learned from that memorable experience, the most important might be to forget that experience — at least most of it.
“We really don’t talk about last year,” said star pitcher Aubree Fritzinger, a key contributor to the championship run. “We have four or five starters back from that team, but we also have a lot of new faces.