In what may be the wildest game of the season, Lehigh Valley pulled off a stunning 4-3 win over the defending AHL champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at the PPL Center.
The win gave Lehigh Valley a season sweep of its two games with Toronto and three wins in their last four games against the Marlies. Going back five years, the Phantoms have played Toronto well, going 6-2-1-1.
After winning two individual gold, one relay gold and one relay silver at districts, Sarah Bobeck made her final trip to states to compete in three events. Through the two days of competition, Bobeck finished 17th in the 200-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard freestyle. She also teamed with fellow seniors Madison Jewell and Cathryn Fitzsimmons and sophomore Julia Graver in the 200-yard freestyle relay to finish in 27th place.
After winning District 11 gold medals in the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events a year ago, Sarah Bobeck looked at where she was and where she wanted to be as she prepared for her senior season of high school swimming. She knew her times in the two events were good, but she also knew that she wanted to swim competitively in college and to do so, she needed to make a couple of changes.
First, she needed to challenge herself. While she enjoyed the varying styles of the 50 and 500, she knew she had to focus on something different to make herself even more versatile in the pool.
For the Salisbury seniors, Saturday afternoon was the final time that they would take to their home court. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the home portion of their high school careers ended with a 60-18 loss to Northwestern Lehigh.
The Lady Falcons fell to 3-18, 3-13 with the loss to Northwestern. The loss was the third straight for Salisbury.
Salisbury’s struggles continued last Friday with a 49-36 loss to Northwestern Lehigh. The loss was the second in three games and the fifth in seven games for the Falcons, who dropped to 8-13 overall and 5-11 in the Colonial League.
Northwestern (10-10, 8-7) opened the game by commanding the boards with Deven Bollinger pulling down three rebounds in the first three-minutes of the game. The two teams were in an 11-11 stalemate after the first quarter, but Northwestern pulled out to a 25-19 halftime lead.
The roller coaster ride that the Salisbury basketball team is on has gone into a downhill portion of the track since new calendars went up on the wall.
After snapping a three-game slide with a win over Saucon Valley, Salisbury has dropped its first two games of 2019 with losses to tough opponents in Notre Dame of Green Pond (8-3 overall, 5-2 Colonial) and Northwestern Lehigh (5-5, 4-3).
The Crusaders beat Salisbury 79-56 behind 26 points from Chris Omick and 17 from Brendan Boyle. Sean Snyder led the Falcons with 12 points, nailing three three-pointers in the game.
The Salisbury field hockey came out on fire and put Northwestern back on its heels early in last week’s game.
Unfortunately for Salisbury, it wasn’t able to take advantage of the quick start and wound up going to overtime before falling to the Tigers 1-0 last week. The game, originally scheduled to be at Northwestern, was moved to Northern Lehigh’s turf field because the Northwestern field was unplayable due to recent rains.
Salisbury coach Mark Allinson doesn’t shy away from putting his team up against teams from bigger schools. He believes that playing tougher competition is one way to help his players to improve their skills.
That’s why he was looking forward to games against Northampton and Allen on this year’s schedule. The Falcons (2-4-0 Colonial, 3-7-1 overall) lost to Northampton 3-0 and tied Allen 1-1.
A young Salisbury soccer team is bound to take its lumps this season, at least until some of the younger players figure out the rigors of varsity soccer.
Meanwhile, an experienced Northwestern team struck early against Salisbury last week and picked up a 7-1 win over the Falcons.
Emmaus coach Sarah Oswald obviously had a big smile on her face after her team beat rival Parkland 2-1 last week. As someone whispered something to her, the smile somehow got even bigger. What she was told was that the win by her team snapped a 70-game Parkland win streak against District 11 opponents.
“I had no idea about that streak,” said Oswald. “It just feels good to get a good win and this is a team that has consistently come after us and has had the better side of the draw and we were able to put our best effort on the field.”