The Salisbury legion baseball team got off to a nice start to its 2019 regular season, winning two of its first four games and tying another. But last Friday evening the Falcons had a hard time both in the field and at the plate as they fell to North Parkland 2-0 at Salisbury High School.
The Falcons (2-2-1 overall) did not record a hit, made three errors and had a rough outing overall, but it’s not what has epitomized the season thus far. The two-time defending league champions have a different look to them this year and it has been an adjustment.
The Salisbury boys basketball program had an uncharacteristically short end to its 2018-19 season last year, having fallen short of postseason play after being a perennial District 11 and Colonial League championship contender.
But if the start of a new athletic calendar year is any indication of how the Falcons will do in the upcoming 2019-20 season, confidence should be high for head coach Jason Weaver and his team.
The Salisbury Connie Mack baseball team experienced some setbacks in 2017. But the team bounced back and had a winning season in 2018.
The Falcons had a 12-7 overall record and qualified for this year’s league playoffs. They were the number nine seed and fell to number eight seeded Balliet Vikings, a team primarily consisting of Central Catholic players, 8-0 in the first round last Monday evening at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay.
The Salisbury softball team knows that every game it plays against Northwestern in New Tripoli is going to be a challenge. And last Thursday was no different.
With a tie game in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored five runs in the top-half of the inning and then held on to take down the Tigers 8-3 in a Colonial League softball game at Northwestern High School.
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.