The Salisbury tennis team opened the season with one win in its first four matches.
Monday, March 26
The Falcons were swept by the defending Colonial champion Lions, 5-0.
Daniel Elmi (MA) def Patrick To 6-0, 6-0; Cyrus Elmi (MA) def. Aaron Kahn 6-2, 6-1; Deepak Shankar (MA) def. Dylan Weber 6-4, 6-1;
Ryan Hoffman/Ben Wax (MA) def. Bryce Erdman and Brad Hnatow 6-2, 6-1; Matt Barnes/Jules Bemporad (MA) def. Tyler Sechler-Stone/Logan Vitales 6-2, 6-1.
Monday, March 19
The first goal for swimmers at the PIAA Championship meet is to swim well enough in their morning preliminary races to earn a spot in the afternoon and evening finals or consolation finals.
Salisbury’s Sarah Bobeck achieved that goal in one of her two individual events last week. The Salisbury junior posted the 10th-best time in the morning 500-yard freestyle heats to earn a place in the consolation final.
Jonah Niesenbaum had a note on his locker all season reminding him of his primary goal for the season. It simply reads “State Qualifier.”
He punched his ticket to next week’s state championships in Hershey by going 4-2 and taking fifth place at 220 pounds at last weekend’s Southeast Regional Championships at Wilson West Lawn.
“My goal all season was to be a state qualifier,” Niesenbaum said. “Now that I got it I want to get on the podium [at the state championship meet.”
The Lady Falcons knew they would have a big challenge facing top-seed North Schuylkill in Saturday’s District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament as the top seed with a 22-2 overall record averaging 66 points per game. They had won 14 straight before losing in the Schuylkill League title game.
Salisbury grabbed an early lead and stuck with North Schuylkill through the first quarter, but the Spartans started to pull away in the second period and went on to a 71-34 victory.
A year and a half ago Jonah Niesenbaum had never been part of a wrestling team at any level. But after taking up the sport as a high school sophomore, Niesenbaum advanced through last weekend’s district tournament with a third-place finish and is only a few wins away from a trip to the state championships.
“We’ve been training really hard,” said the Salisbury High School junior. “It’s partly expected. I knew in my head that I was going to regionals. I put in that work, whatever it took to get there.”
It probably would have taken the Falcons best effort and maybe some help from Lehighton last Saturday for Salisbury to advance in the District 11 Class 3A football playoffs.
While the Falcons gave their best effort, the Indians didn’t give them much help, especially in the second half. Salisbury put a scare in unbeaten Lehighton when it took an early lead and held a 10-8 halftime edge. But the hosts responded with 30 unanswered second-half points for a 38-10 win. Lehighton (11-0) advances to host No. 3 seed Jim Thorpe (10-1) next Saturday in a semifinal.
Heading into the District 11 Class 2A Cross Country Championship race, neither Salisbury’s Shane Artis or any of his competitors knew exactly what place they needed to finish to secure a place in this weekend’s state meet.
The top 10 runners who are not part of state-qualifying teams make it Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A Championships in Hershey. But until the race is over no one knows how many runners from the top two teams, which earn automatic berths to states, will finish within the top 10, thereby allowing more runners from further down the results to make states.
The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.