Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
Salisbury High School senior Jack Reichenbach has followed in the footsteps of family members before him.
Older brothers Dan and Brendan had successful high school athletic careers at Salisbury, with Dan competing in basketball and track and field and Brendan basketball and golf. Jack was always around for their games and events, and over the past two years made his own mark as a Falcon athlete.
Last Thursday afternoon at the Salisbury High School library, Jack signed his letter of intent to the University of Rhode Island for track and field.
Over the past two weeks the Emmaus football team got rid of the sour taste in its mouth after two straight losses.
Games against Pocono Mountain West and Northampton were the cures to an early losing skid. After two wins by an average of over 42 points, the Green Hornets (3-2 overall, 1-2 EPC South) will be tested on Friday night.
“The kids are feeling confident but they’re not satisfied,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “We know the back half of our schedule does not allow for any letdowns. And the first test is Friday against a good, hungry Freedom team.”
To say that senior Daniel Bonge was inexperienced when it came to the sport of varsity swimming might be an understatement. Bonge was a two-year member of Salisbury’s soccer and basketball teams, but was approached by a friend to come out for a different sport.
“I didn’t think swimming was going to be an option for me, so I tested out other sports,” said Bonge. “But Mahlon [Reihman] came up to me and brought me out to it, and I found success and a love for it. It didn’t burn me out. I was always hungry for better times, so it was something I wanted to pursue.”
The big stage did not seem to affect the play of Emily Silberman. The freshman pitcher, playing in her first high school playoff game, threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on three hits and struck out six, while not walking a batter in seven innings in a 3-2 victory over Northern Lehigh last Friday afternoon in the Colonial League quarterfinals played at Pates Park.
“She’s very confident and plays with a lot of poise,” said head coach Jeff Appleman. “You have to talk her through things considering she’s young, but I think she’s awesome.”
Chad Cooperman, like his two brothers before him, has a powerful arm and knows how to get batters out when he’s on the mound. That was what was primarily expected of him when he stepped onto campus at Bloomsburg University last fall as a recruit for the Husky baseball team.
But his versatility and team-player attitude has led him to see the field early on in a different position. The 2016 Salisbury High School graduate has made 26 starts so far this season at third base, and has appeared in nine games on the mound, starting four of them.
Seniors Jaxon Costello and Ryan Slutsky have formed a formidable one-two punch for the Salisbury boys basketball team this season. The two forwards have wreaked havoc on opponents at on both ends of the court.
The two were at it again last Saturday night, combining for 40 points and 17 rebounds while helping to lead the third seeded Falcons (18-5 overall) to a 65-54 win over sixth seed Moravian Academy (11-12 overall) in the Colonial League quarterfinals. It was the 10th win in the last 11 games for Salisbury, and the third time this year they defeated the Lions.
The Salisbury and Northwestern girls basketball teams had polar opposite games offensively and defensively in their game last week at Salisbury High School.
The Falcons were unable to score double digits until the third quarter, but the Tigers had 10 points in the first quarter alone and were over 30 shortly after halftime.
Northwestern used its size and defense to stifle Salisbury into their second lowest scoring effort of the season, falling 50-25 last Thursday night at Salisbury High School.
The Salisbury boys soccer program is no stranger to the District 11 finals. The majority of the 2016 Falcons were a part of the team last year that fell just short of district gold when it lost to Northwestern. But the upperclassmen on the team, especially the seniors who have only one more opportunity at gold, are doing everything they can to accomplish that goal this season.
The Salisbury girls soccer team has been dealing with some injuries of late, but has managed to play well short-handed.
In last Thursday evening’s game against Southern Lehigh, Falcon head coach Rick Babyak could have used two of his sidelined offensive threats.
“This was just the type of game that Rylee [Donaldson] and Holly [Bruns] would have excelled in,” Babyak said. “They both have great speed to get up and down the field, and there was a lot of space for them to move around today. We sure could have used them out there.”