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.
For a small and rebuilding team, Salisbury wrestled a lot of good matches this season and got their first dual-meet win in many years. But the Falcons saved their very best wrestling for when it mattered most.
Salisbury headed into last weekend's district tournament just hoping to compete, maybe see half of its wrestlers win a match or two and move on to the second day of the meet.
The team far exceeded that goal. Eight of the 10 Falcons won at least one match and seven moved on to the second day of last weekend's District 11 Class AA Championships.
Meagan Eripret knew she needed six points to reach 1,000 for her career.
She wasn't too concerned about it and didn't have any reason to be, as she scores an average of 20.7 points per game.
The Salisbury junior wasted no time in crossing the milestone early in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg). She didn't stop there, going on to a 34-point effort, a new career high.
"It's pretty exciting," she said. "It's quite the milestone.
Salisbury's girls basketball team has been searching for a statement win for the past few seasons.
The Lady Falcons got it last Thursday with a 42-41 win over league-leading Northwestern.
"Since I've been here I keep hearing that we don't beat anybody good," said Salisbury head coach Joe Mladosich. "To beat one of the best teams in the league helps to get us over the hump. We've competed with some of the better team. We just hadn't beaten them.
"I've never seen the kids so happy. Hopefully we can build on that."
Salisbury got a tough draw for its opening-round PIAA Class AA playoff game.
The Falcons faced District 3 champ Pequea Valley, the defending state champ which had not allowed a goal through its 2013 district playoff run.
The Braves kept that scoreless streak alive as they beat the Falcons 2-0 last week at Hamburg High School.
"They were tough defensively," said Salisbury head coach Mark Allinson. "I thought we gave them a little bit of a scare on a couple of occasions. A bounce here or a bounce there. That's how it is at this level."
Salisbury's Amanda Roelker and Claudia Crouthamel came as close and they could to winning each of two sets in the second round of the District 11 doubles tournament last week.
The Falcon freshmen duo won their first round match, but lost by a 7-6 (7-4), 7-8 (8-6) in the second round.
Roelker and Crouthamel made it to set point, building a 6-4 lead in the second-set tiebreaker before the Central Catholic pair ran off four straight points to win the match. Hannah Pruzinsky Alyssa Aviles
It's not always easy to find positives in a 58-14 loss. But during parts of Friday night's loss to undefeated Catasauqua, Salisbury looked like a football team that could compete with the league's top times.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, more of the time they looked overmatched by the Rough Riders athleticism.
"There were positives in this game," said Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco. "Offensively we were able to move the ball at times. We've got to be better in our techniques. Effort wasn't lacking. It was about being in the right spot and doing the right thing."