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.”
After a heartbreaking loss to Pen Argyl in week one, Salisbury was looking to take out a little frustration on the Northwestern Tigers Friday night. The game started with the Tigers prowling up and down the field to jump out to a 21-0 lead after their first three possessions, but ended with a much more competitive 28-14 final score.
Kevin Cruz is unable to be at all of Salisbury’s legion games, but when he is there he’s a vital part of the team. In Friday’s win over Northern Valley, Cruz smacked two home runs in the Falcons’ 8-3 win over Northern Valley.
Cruz’ first homer, which came in the second inning, was a no doubter. The ball arched toward deep left-center field and cleared the fence by a few feet to give Salisbury a 2-0 lead.
Salisbury Legion manager Scott Heppenheimer is kind of superstitious. When his team jumped out to a 9-0 start to the season, he decided not to invite his wife to any of their games so as to keep the winning streak going. From here on out, you may see Mrs. Heppenheimer at some games.
Salisbury suffered its first loss of the season in its 10th game when it fell to South Parkland 2-1. Just a day earlier, Salisbury had downed the Trojans 6-1.
With Salisbury losing seniors Anna Bishop and Lilia Crouthamel, the Falcons softball team must figure out who is next in line to take over as a leader on the team for next season. The cupboard won’t be bare for Salisbury, which has leaned heavily on pitcher Emily Silberman, who returns next season. There are other players who could step up and perhaps someone not even in this year’s lineup will be the one that takes over as the face of the team.
Salisbury coach Jeff Appleman isn’t afraid to issue intentional walks. When he walked Northern Lehigh’s Kaitlin Hoffman three times last week in the Colonial League championship game it looked like the strategy might work all three times. The third time was the charm for the Lady Bulldogs, who went on to beat Salisbury 5-3 to win their first Colonial League championship since 2010.