In what was to be his ninth and final season at the helm of the Salisbury boys tennis program, Rob Benson anticipated an outstanding season that would include strong play against Colonial League rivals and personal accomplishments for his singles and doubles team players.
Of course, none of this will happen. The season a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It sucks,” Benson said matter-of-factly. “I feel for the kids. Not only for tennis. They’re not going to have their prom, baccalaureate, or graduation. But we have to be safe.”
When the Salisbury track and field squad met in late winter for its first practice, head coach Victor DeOliveira welcomed a total of 34 new faces. Some of those new Falcon recruits showed immediate promise. Others didn’t have adequate time to show anything.
In the end, of course, whether it was underclassman or battle-tested seniors, no one had the opportunity to show or do much as the season was canceled.
“Sad and disappointed that it had to come to this,” DeOliveira said. “I feel bad for all of the athletes that were looking forward to competing, especially our seniors.”
The disappointment in having the 2020 season scrapped is obvious for Salisbury High School softball coach Jeff Appleman. But the Falcon coach understands being between a rock and a hard place.
“They are doing what they have to do,” Appleman said. “They canceled high school, college and professional seasons. It stinks. I feel bad for our team and especially our senior.”
The Salisbury Falcon wrestling squad may not have great depth, but it does have a great desire to fight.
The cross country career of Salisbury’s Shane Artis ended with a solid performance at the 2019 PIAA Class 2A Cross Country Championships last Saturday in Hershey.
Artis finished 75th overall out of 227 runners in 17:35.8. His performance this year was a 29-second improvement over his 2018 performance when he finished in 18:04.
“I think I had a decent race overall,” said Artis. “It definitely helps to be here before. It’s much different than going to a normal meet.”
Shane Artis wants to end his high school cross country career on a memorable note.
The fact is he’s already had many memorable notes in a memorable career at Salisbury High School. He produced another great memory during the District 11 Class 2A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University, as he finished fourth in 17:09.
The finish qualified him for the PIAA Cross Country Championships, his third straight appearance in Hershey.
Following the race, Artis said he was “pleased with how I ran” and said the DeSales course was challenging.
The “golden years” aren’t always golden for some senior citizens who become victims of elder abuse.
Government officials attended a “Scam and Fraud Prevention” seminar held Sept. 25 at New Tripoli Bank, 4892 Buckeye Road, Emmaus, to inform seniors about common scams and what they can do to avoid them.
Megan Wieand, an executive aide in the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office, told seniors elder abuse encompasses “all types of abuse, whether that is physical, financial, sexual, psychological, abandonment or neglect.”
You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.
The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.
Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.
Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.
The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.
Did you hear about the one that almost got away?
The date was Nov. 4, 2018. An 11-year-old boy by the name of Jack Kocher went fishing with his dad, Christopher. Armed with weapons designed to make a fish enticed to bite, Jack and his dad came across a real beauty early that morning. But the timing wasn’t right and it remained a glorious object of desire.