Parkland field hockey finished last season with a 10-8 record in head coach Lizzy Millen’s fifth season.
The record was good enough to get into both the East Penn Conference playoffs and the District 11 tournament, but unfortunately, the Lady Trojans had the misfortune of facing juggernaut Emmaus in the first round of both the conference playoffs and districts, exiting early in both.
In fact, Parkland had to face Emmaus three straight games after wrapping up the regular season against the Hornets.
After a successful 17-year run at Parkland, cross country head coach Loretta Dodson has retired. Her successor is no stranger to the Parkland community.
Stephen Ott, a sixth-grade science and language arts teacher at Orefield Middle School for the last 18 years, will lead the Trojans. He’s served as an assistant cross country and football coach and is former athlete at the school, where he played three sports.
Ott will focus on tutoring his squad on basics, including being in top physical shape and having a tough mental outlook.
New Parkland girls cross country coach Stephen Ott takes over a program that has experienced success under Loretta Dodson, who retired this offseason after 17 seasons as head coach and 22 years overall.
Ott is no stranger to the Parkland community, having been a great athlete hat the school and serving as an assistant coach for various Trojan sports.
“Working with many of them during the track and field season gives me confidence in their abilities,” Ott said.
The 2019 Parkland girls tennis season holds much promise. To fully understand why, one needs to look back at the 2018 season.
Last year, the Lady Trojans had a superb season under coach Michael Hingston, one of the best high school tennis coaches around. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Parkland is returning most of last year’s talent for the 2019 campaign.
Nothing is perfect and the Trojans have lost former number one player Murong Yao, who graduated after a superlative 2018 campaign and outstanding career.
The 2018 Parkland girls volleyball team brought home its fifth consecutive District 11 championship last season. With nine seniors having graduated, seven of whom are continuing to play collegiately, 16th-year head coach Mike Krause will have a whole lot of new faces with little varsity experience to work toward achieving that sixth straight title.
But the goals and expectations for a program with so much recent success, does not change.
Victoria Bartkavage, of Orefield, who is majoring in media arts production at Emerson College, Boston, Mass., was recently nominated for the Television Academy Foundation’s 39th College Television Awards for her work on Emerson’s EVVY Awards.
The annual EVVY Awards is a platform to highlight outstanding student work and celebrate the artistic vision of all Emersonians.
U. OF Sciences
The following students were named to the fall 2018 dean’s list at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia.
Allentown: Meghan Carbone.
Fogelsville: Kathryn and Emily Kalman.
New Tripoli: Hannah Bittner.
All were doctor of pharmacy students.
Selection for this award was based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the fall of 2018.
The following Lehigh Carbon Community College students were inducted into Alpha Omicron Alpha, the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the national honor society for two-year colleges, during a spring ceremony in the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, Schnecksville.
Jacob Creitz of Germansville, and Jessica Hamati-Attieh of Allentown were two of nearly 200 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen during the winter 2018-19 sports season.
Creitz, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders at Lebanon Valley College, Annville.
He was a member of the men’s swimming team.
LVC posted a 1-8 overall record in 2018-19.
Rama N. Karadsheh of Allentown was among the 64 members of The University of Scranton’s undergraduate class of 2019 honored for academic excellence, service or both.
The awards were presented May 24 at class night.
Students with the highest GPA in each of the University’s three undergraduate colleges were presented Frank J. O’Hara Awards for General Academic Excellence, a memorial to the late administrator who served the University for 53 years.