There was a time during Jack Reichenbach’s senior year when he wasn’t sure if he would even make it to the state track and field championships. Then there was a time he felt like he could not only get there, but also win a pair of gold medals.
For Jack Reichenbach, this season has been all about preparing for the postseason.
After an injury slowed the start of his senior campaign, the returning state medalist wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of this year’s postseason. He took sixth place in last year’s state high jump championships, but wasn’t getting near his personal best from last April.
Like most of the top athletes at last Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet, Salisbury’s Erica Holben used the event as a gauge of how things stand with just over two weeks left before the postseason begins.
The Falcon junior entered the meet as the top seed in high jump at 5 feet, 3 inches and finished second last week at J. Birney Crum Stadium with a height of 5-1.
After three innings Monday the Salisbury baseball team seemed to be in complete control, leading Palmerton by six runs with the Blue Bombers struggling to find hits off starter Taylor Linn.
But the Bombers started chipping away, taking advantage of every Falcon miscue and scoring a run in each of the next two innings before adding two in the sixth to get within two runs.
They used three hits and an error to get three more runs in the top of the seventh before walking away with a come-from-behind 8-7 win.
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.