When Devon Alder dropped his last consolation match Saturday at the District 11 wrestling championships, he knew his chances to go states had vanished. The Falcon senior knew he had to regroup if he wanted to end his career with a victory.
He did just that, beating Pen Argyl’s Lorenzo Reto in the fifth-place match and earning Alder his first district medal.
“I wanted to end this on a win and that’s exactly what I needed - to close all of it out with a win,” said Alder. “I couldn’t ask for anything better at this point. I had a great season and it was a great time.
Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
Devon Alder had not placed in previous trips to Panther Valley’s Coal Cracker Tournament.
The event has grown over the years he’s been attending and is now held in two different gyms at Lehighton High School.
This year’s field was certainly the deepest and most talented field the tournament has ever seen. And Alder, a Salisbury High School senior, thrived against the top competition.
“I’m pretty happy with how I did,” he said. “In the past I have never placed in this tournament. I came in this year and got seventh, It’s a great feeling.”
Salisbury’s girls tennis team competed in the District 11 Class 2A team tournament last week.
The Lady Falcons earned the No. 6 seed overall and faced No. 3 Central Catholic in the first round last Tuesday.
The Vikettes took the match 4-1. Salisbury ends the season with an 8-7 overall record, including the district playoff match.
Several Salisbury doubles team competed in Monday’s District 11 doubles tournament.
Salisbury golfer Alex Suter played two very good rounds of golf over the past two weeks.
The first came at the Colonial League Championships at Bethlehem Municipal on Monday, Sept. 23.
Suter shot 82 for 10th place at the event. He was just three shots away from a top-five finish, which would have earned the Falcon senior an exemption into the District 11 Class 2A Championships.
“I was very happy with it,” Suter said. “I blew up at the end. It could have been a great day but it was still a very good day and I’m happy with how I played.”
Shane Artis wasn’t pleased with his first two regular season meets this cross country season. But the Salisbury senior and two-time state qualifier ran the kind of race he was looking for Saturday at the DeSales University Centaur Invitational.
Artis took fourth place out over 200 boys runners from more than 30 schools. He ran his best time of the season at 16:38.
“Overall performance felt pretty good,” he said. “The previous two meets I didn’t run so well. I did like 17 minutes. I got 16:38 (at DeSales), so that’s a big improvement.”
The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.
The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.
The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.
With all but one meet of a stellar high school career behind her, Erica Holben hoped to have some of her best high jumps last Friday at the PIAA Class 2A Championship Meet at Shippensburg University.
Holben cleared 4 feet, 8 inches for 24th place in the high jump. While she knows she could have gotten higher, she was also happy to culminate her high school career at the state championship meet competing against the best athletes from all over Pennsylvania.
Tim Buda posted some of the fastest preliminary heat times in the Colonial League Track and Field Championships two weeks ago. The Salisbury junior had the second fastest time in the 200-meter dash and was fifth-best in the 100-meter dash on the first day of the meet. He was set to return the next day validate that performance in finals. But after coming down with an illness hours after running the preliminary heats, he was unable to attend finals.
For much of the spring sports season, Erica Holben was focused more on getting back to full strength rather than setting new personal bests.
The Salisbury senior had come close to making the state track and field championships in each of her last two seasons. This year, a leg injury prevented her from competing at her highest level during the regular season. But Holben timed her rehab just right and had her best performance this year during last week’s District 11 Championships.