Collecting 100 hits in a high school softball career is a tough task and having teammates both reach the milestone is a rarity indeed. Both Anna Bishop and Lil Crouthamel accomplished the feat for Salisbury last month and their hits continue to come now that the Lady Falcons are in the postseason.
Just about midway through the regular season, Wilson beat Salisbury 7-1. The Lady Warriors hoped that would be much the same story when the two teams met in the wild card round of the Colonial League playoffs, but the Falcons had other ideas.
Salisbury (15-4) put together a four-run third inning and topped off the game with a five-run fifth inning for a 10-0 win and a ticket to the league semifinals.
Sarah Bobeck is that rare swimmer who competes at high levels in both sprints and long distance.
She showed that once again last weekend, taking gold in both the 50-yard and the 500-yard freestyle events at the District 11 Class 2A Swimming Championships. The event was abruptly moved to Emmaus High School after a power outage at Parkland High School disrupted the meet’s opening night scheduled for Friday.
Salisbury coach Joe Mladosich is seeing some strange and not so wonderful things on the court this season. After a 55-23 loss to Northwestern that left the Falcons (7-10 Colonial, 8-13 overall), Mladosich was admittedly frustrated with his team’s play.
“They give you a little pressure and nobody wants to take care of the ball,” he said. “We’re trying all different combinations, all different kids and we’re just not shooting well. We only shot 20 percent from the floor and you’re not going to win doing that.
It’s late in a high school basketball game and the score is close. Time is running out, so the coach of the team trailing on the scoreboard instructs his players to start fouling in an effort to stop the clock and hope that the opposing team misses their foul shots. The strategy turns the final minute of a game into a 10-minute affair.
After getting tired of participating in walks and other fundraising events to raise money and awareness for diabetes, six-year old Carly Lennett asked her dad if she could swim to raise money. After all, she had fearlessly jumped into a pool as a three-year old and immediately loved the water, so it was the perfect fit.
Carly, who battles Type 1 diabetes, has never let the disease slow her down. Instead, she’s fought it head-on, with the help of her dad, Mitch, who also has the disease.
The last time that Salisbury went to Northwestern and returned with a win in girls soccer, most of the current players were barely walking. Some of them may not have even been born.
That’s how long Rich Babyak believes it’s been that his team has struggled to win in New Tripoli.
“I have to double check the statistics, but they’re telling me it’s been 15 years since we’ve won on this field, and that could be,” said Babyak. “We don’t often beat Northwestern at all, let alone on this field, so it’s a good win and we needed it too.
For the most part, the Salisbury field hockey team has beaten the opponents that its supposed to, but suffered losses to the teams that are among the top contenders in the Colonial League and District 11.
The Falcons have battled every step of the way, in every game. While Southern Lehigh beat the Lady Falcons 8-1, the other three losses Salisbury has suffered this season have been by a combined three goals.
Nowhere was the team’s willingness to battle more evident than Saturday night when it hosted Northwestern.
In the season opener, the Salisbury football team put up 47 points against Catasauqua. Week two saw the Falcon offense become much more subdued, but the defense stepped up to halt Northwestern and the Falcons left New Tripoli with a 7-3 win and a 2-0 record to start the season.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.
The IronPigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games remaining, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season.