The Parkland boys lacrosse team was entering a tough stretch in the 2016 schedule. A week in which the Trojans played four games in four days and five in six, they had every reason to be tired or start slow heading into laast week’s game against Emmaus.
That wasn’t the case in the rivalry game under the lights at Parkland High School last Wednesday night.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference began its annual postseason tennis tournament last week. The event began Thursday with pigtails, first round and quarterfinal matches. Saturday’s semifinals and title matches were postponed to Monday, May 2 back at Pocono Mountain East High School.
Parkland players were seed first in every bracket and they went undefeated on the first day of the tournament.
At No. 1 singles, Nick Kshatri won his first two matches by scores of 8-1 and 8-0.
At No. 2 singles, Parkland’s Nate Lyman earned a pair of wins by scores of 8-0 and 8-2.
Imagine chasing your dream and the one person standing between you and that dream is your best friend. That’s the situation that Parkland’s Nick Kshatri and Emmaus’ Matt FitzMaurice find themselves in when they face each other in high school tennis. The two have been friends for most of their lives and were brought together by their love for tennis.
Mike Jenkins put on a pretty good pitching show against Emmaus in a 7-1 win over the Trojans’ division rivals last week. Jenkins struck out six hitters, many of which came on a curveball that kept Emmaus swinging and missing throughout the game.
“The curveball was working for me today,” said Jenkins. “I just went with what the coach was calling.”
The Parkland boys volleyball team used its size and hitting power to overmatch Emmaus Tuesday night at Emmaus High School’s auxiliary gym 3-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 in a battle of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference unbeatens and leaders of their respective divisions. The win moves the Trojans to 8-0 on the season while Emmaus falls to 7-1.
Parkland softball continued to roll coming into the week with a 14-0 win over Pleasant Valley. Steph Herpel hit a grand slam for the Lady Trojans, Madi Holub was 4-for-4 and Taylor Knappenberger collected a double and triple in the win. Both Holub and Knappenberger drove in two runs and Aubree Fritzinger picked up her seventh win of the season.
The win puts Parkland at 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the astern Pennsylvania Conference this season as they sit tied with Whitehall atop the Skyline Division.
On Friday, Parkland tennis faced its biggest conference challenge of the season going up against Nazareth. Both teams had perfect conference records, but when the match was done, it was Parkland left standing undefeated after a 6-1 win.
The Trojans swept singles play with Nick Kshatri, Nate Lyman and Aneesh Kapoor all winning in straight sets. Parkland then took three of the four doubles matches to wrap up the contest.
Parkland girls lacrosse coach Dawn Cippola had been preaching to her team that it only needed to score one more goal than its opponent to win games. She could be heard saying that to the players during timeouts and at halftime of their clash with Southern Lehigh last Friday night at Parkland High School, a rematch of last year’s District 11 title game.
Three weeks ago, the Parkland football program was in the spotlight because its head coach’s retirement. Last Wednesday afternoon, two Trojans players were back in front of media for the first time since playing in the PIAA state championship game in December.
Nolan Ridgway and Steven Feher, along with cross country and track runner Mikayla Stoudt, were honored in a ceremony at Parkland High School where the three student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the NCAA level.
In their four wins this season, the Parkland boys lacrosse team has lit up the scoreboard. The Trojans have averaged 19 goals through those four victories. And they were at it again last Tuesday night.
Seven different players combined to score 17 goals in a 17-5 thumping of Nazareth at Andrew Leh Stadium.