Falling behind by 14 points early in Saturday’s game at Pen Argyl wasn’t part of Salisbury’s plan.
But plans change quickly in high school football games. The Falcons remained calm despite the adversity and quickly turned the game around. By halftime they pulled into a tie. When the final horn sounded, Salisbury celebrated a 35-14 win and a 3-2 record at the halfway point of the season.
When Salisbury took the field last week to face Northwestern for the two teams’ second boys soccer meeting in nine days, the 4-0 loss from September 22 was still fresh on the Falcons’ minds.
It was by far the most goals they allowed and the largest deficit of any Colonial League games they played this season.
Salisbury got its revenge last Thursday when the teams met for a nonleague match and, because of weather conditions, the game was back at Salisbury.
The Colonial League golf season came to a close Monday with the league championship tournament at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Two Salisbury players competed in the tournament. Junior Ryan Slutsky shot 94 to tie for 29th place while junior Eric Pennella carded a 106.
Slutsky came into the tournament with a scoring average of 81.5 for the season and was hoping to shoot a mid-80s round.
Even before her final pole vault it started to sink.
As she stepped up to the runway for her third attempt at 12 feet, Katie Toman realized that she had already won the state pole vault title.
Bloomsburg's Rachel Brouse had already missed all three attempts at 12 feet. Because Toman made 11-6 on her first attempt and Brouse took three tries to clear that height, no matter what happened with the Salisbury senior's final attempt and she realized it just as she was ready to make that last leap.
The Salisbury baseball team had not practiced or played on an actual baseball field during four weeks of practice. When the season finally got under way Monday, the Falcons looked pretty comfortable for their first time on the diamond this season.
Evan Kulig and Chad Cooperman combined for a two-hitter as the Falcons beat host Wilson 3-1.
"I'm very happy with the way we came out," said Falcon head coach Mike Pochron. "Defensively we made some nice plays. We got some timely hits. I'm very happy with our pitching, obviously."
In a lot of ways, the Colonial League is like a big family.
When one member of that family senses that another could use help, they don't have to ask. Like a full-court press, help comes from all sides and it's not always easy to see it coming. It's happened many times in the past and it will no-doubt happen again in the future.
This year several members of the Colonial League got together to do whatever they could do help one of the league's longtime coaches.
With just one event left at last weekend's District 11 championships, Salisbury still had just one swimmer qualified for the state meet.
Thanks to a big finish in that last event, four Falcons will make the trip to Bucknell University next week instead of one.
Salisbury's Danny Bonge, Ben Wiener, Gavin Carey and Mahlon Reihman teamed up to win the 400-meter freestyle relay Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School. They dropped almost 15 seconds off their seed time to finish in 3:25.60.
Nico Scarcia entered the fifth-place match at last weekend's District 11 Class AA wrestling champioships with everything on the line and the odds stacked against him.
The Salisbury senior was facing Notre Dame's Reese Cornish, a senior returning regional qualifier who went 27-4 in the regular season to earn the No. 3 seed in a tough 145-pound bracket. Scarcia went 10-12 and came in as the 11th seed.
Cornish had beaten Scarcia three times this season, including a first-period pin in the second round of districts.
There was a time in Kyle Gonoude's cross country career when he didn't worry much about race strategies. He would just focus on running fast and passing people and let his talent carry him.
Now a senior in his fourth year of competitive distance running, he's learned to combine his talent with knowledge of the courses, wisdom of how to pace himself and the ability to use other runners to his advantage.
It makes him pretty tough to beat, as Jim Thorpe's Jonathan Condly found out at last week's District 11 Championships.
Salisbury capped its best Colonial League golf season in years by placing two players in the top 10 at the league championship tournament, held last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Jack Bonge took fifth place while Kody Long finished seventh. Teammate Brendan Rechinbach finished tied for 16th.
Bonge shot an 80 and tied for fourth place before falling in a playoff with Moravian Academy's Christian Haldeman.
"I could have done better," said Bonge after his round. "I left a few strokes out there.