Through his first five dives at Saturday’s District 11 Class AA Championships, Salisbury’s Tyler Keller pulled out to a 22-point lead over the second-place diver.
After nine dives, Keller had increased his lead to a nearly insurmountable 34 points with three dives remaining.
He finished with three of his hardest dives and put together a first-place total of 417.55, well ahead of second place finisher and Falcon teammate Daniel Bujcs, who finished with 392.85 points.
Heading into girls basketball season last fall, Salisbury coach Joe Mladosich was happy to have one of the Colonial League’s best players returning to his team. However, he also knew it would be difficult to replace the four graduates that started around Lindsay Bauer the previous year, including 1,000-point scorer Meagan Eripret who was off to Lehigh University.
Bauer led an inexperienced Salisbury team to league and district playoff appearances this season before the Falcons’ season came to an end last Friday in a District 11 Class 2A quarterfinal game against Marian Catholic.
Salisbury girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich refused to make any excuses for his team’s performance. But it’s hard to think that 10 days away from formal practices didn’t at least play a part in the Falcons’ 39-33 loss to Oley in the first round of the Falcon Holiday Tournament.
“We haven’t had practice for 10 days but some of the things like effort and boxing out, we should still be doing that,” said Mladosich. “That’s what hurt was our effort. It’s probably our worst performance of the year. Nothing against Oley Valley at all, but our performance lackluster at best.”
Each postseason keeps getting better for the Salisbury doubles tennis tandem of Leandra Roelker and Claudia Crouthamel.
As freshmen in 2013, the duo won one match in their first appearance at the District 11 Class AA doubles tournament.
Last season, as sophomores, the won two matches to reach the tournament’s second day and the quarterfinal round.
This year, they kept up the progress by reaching the semifinals last Friday at Saucon Valley High School.
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.