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.
Two Salisbury players competed in the District 11 singles Class 2A tennis tournament last week.
The Falcons’ No. 1 singles player Dylan Weber won his first match at the tournament, while Salisbury’s No. 2 singles players Chris Marinos face the tournament’s top seed and lost in the first round.
Weber came into the event unseeded. Only the top eight players in the 32-payer field are seeded.
Weber beat unseeded Raymond O’Neil of Jim Thorpe 6-0, 6-1 in the first round before falling to No. 3 seed Michael Swope (Palisades) in the second round, 6-0, 6-3.
The Colonial League released it’s first list of top track and field performers for the 2019 season. Here’s a listing of the top five performers in each event through the first week of regular season meets.
4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Imani Hollie, Sierra Williams) 50.80, 2. Palisades 53.10, 3. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 4. Wilson 54.4, 5. Northwestern 54.7;
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.