It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
Two Salisbury cross country runners earned a place on this year’s All-Colonial League team.
Junior Shane Artis was named to the All-League First Team after placing fifth at the Colonial League Championship meet and taking third in District 11 Class 2A.
Artis made his second straight trip to the state championship this season.
Junior Michael Sosnowski placed 10th in the Colonial League and was in good position to earn his first trip to states before a fall during the district championship race ended those hopes.
The Colonial League released it’s football all-star team last week.
Salisbury’s Tim Buda was the only Falcon named to this year’s list. The junior running back and defensive back earned honorable mention recognition on both sides of the ball.
On offense, Buda carried the ball 65 times for 374 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also caught 13 passes for 154 yards and three more scores. On defense, Buda made 19 tackles, including 14 solo tackles and four tackles for loss.
Shane Artis and Michael Sosnowski have been working hard in the offseason. They’ve put in 35-40 miles, including some tough hill work on South Mountain, in an effort to be among the top runners in the Colonial League and District 11.
They achieved part of their goal last week when the Salisbury juniors both finished in the top 10 and earned medals at the Colonial League Championships, held annually at DeSales University.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
Shane Artis took fourth place in Saturday’s 30th Annual Centaur Invitational Cross Country Meet at DeSales University.
The Salisbury junior, who was running the course for the fifth time in his varsity career, finished in 17:12.6.
“It was pretty decent race,” he said. “Those hills are killer here. I just wanted to see what I could do, try to get a good time. I was trying to stay in the low 17s for sure.”
Artis is coming off a junior season that saw him make his first trip to states in fall for cross country and again in spring for track.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Several former Salisbury High School athletes were important members of college sports team last fall. Here’s a look at some who are expected to be back on the playing fields on campuses this season.
Senior forward Mackenzie Groff heads into her fourth season with the Ursinus College womens soccer team. The Salisbury High School graduate has played in 42 games during her career and made 32 starts. She’s scored 10 goals and six assists in her career and was tied for the team lead in goals last season with three.