Chad Cooperman went from playing in two games in his freshman season with Salisbury to playing in 22 games as a senior in the spring of 2016. Half of those games were as a starting pitcher for the Falcons and he compiled a miniscule 1.16 ERA with seven complete games, walking just 18 batters and striking out 116 on the season.
Reaching the PIAA Championships – or states as they’re often called – in any sport is always special. Young athletes compete for medals that can give a lifetime of memories and for seniors, it’s a final exclamation point to their high school athletic careers. The venues are bigger, and the spotlight is brighter.
Julia Graver came away from this past weekend’s District 11 Swimming Championship with two medals as both girls and boys swimmers competed for medals and a potential spot in the PIAA Swimming Championship later this month at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
Surrounded by many of his teammates from the Salisbury High School football team, Kyle Killiri officially announced his choice to attend Slippery Rock University where he will continue his football career.
Killiri spent the past four seasons playing football at Salisbury and was a varsity letter recipient in three of those four seasons. He also was a part of the track and field team and joined the wrestling team for his senior season.
Shane Artis likes to be challenged. An injury limited how much he could train for track and cross country early in his high school career, so he took on swimming as a way of getting the added work that he needed.
As it turned out, Artis became pretty good at the sport and has done well in the pool and in his track and cross country endeavors. In announcing his decision to attend The Citadel after high school to participate in track and field and cross country, Artis explained that his choice was made in part because he was looking to be challenged.
One of the complaints with basketball is that the final couple minutes in a close game can take what seems like an eternity to play. Coaches save timeouts and the ever-popular unintentional intentional foul adds time to the game.
A lot can happen during those long stretches, when in fact in game time it might be just a few seconds, 4.8 seconds to be exact. That’s how long it took for Salisbury and Northwestern Lehigh fans to teeter between exhilaration and despair in a game won by the Falcons 46-42.
When Salisbury and Northwestern met early in the regular season, the two teams battled with the Tigers coming away with a 2-1 win. At that time, both coaches talked about the game – even though it came very early in the season – having a playoff atmosphere and both predicted the two teams would meet again in a true playoff situation.
The predictions came true last week when Salisbury and Northwestern met in the Colonial League semifinals. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the outcome was exactly the same, with Northwestern advancing to the league championship with a 2-1 win.
It’s been a tough season for the Salisbury field hockey team and it’s gotten tougher lately thanks to injuries. Even with all that they have stacked against them, the Lady Falcons have continued to battle down the final games of the season as they look to perhaps derail another team’s chances of reaching the postseason.
They faced Northwestern Lehigh (10-3-1 overall, 9-3-1 Colonial) this past weekend and came out on the losing side of a 7-1 decision. The lone goal for Salisbury came when junior Nevaeh Robinson scored with 17:45 left in the game to put the Falcons on the board.
When starting quarterback Trey Weber went down with an injury on the fourth play of the game, the air seemed to go out of the Salisbury Falcons side of the field last Thursday night. But when backup Quintin Stephens came in and rolled off the game plan to near perfection, he reinflated the Salisbury offense and finished with a big night passing.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, Northwestern used the momentum of opening its new turf field to take a 38-17 decision over the Falcons, who fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Colonial League released this year’s softball all-star team last month during the league playoff tournament.
Two members of the District 11 runner-up Salisbury team were selected to the first team, while two other Falcons earned honorable mention recognition.
Senior outfielder Peyton Stauffer earned a place on the first team, along with pitcher junior pitcher Emily Silberman. Teammates Gretchen Helsel, a senior first baseman, and Sara Lamana, a senior catcher, were named as honorable mention selections.