Lilia Crouthamel’s first passion has always been softball. But when her mom offered to buy her a new bat if she took up tennis, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
That not only got Crouthamel a shiny new aluminum softball bat, but also introduced her to a racket and tennis ball at a young age. It blossomed into a memorable high school career in both sports, culminated by the Salisbury Press’s Female Athlete of the Year award.
Salisbury beat Lower Macungie last Tuesday to advance to the Lehigh Valley Legion semifinals against North Parkland.
No. 2 seed Lower Mac squandered 10 runners on base, and top-seeded Salisbury capitalized on those wasted opportunities. The Falcons used a six-run fourth inning to pull away from Lower Mac and end its season last Tuesday, 8-1, in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
One common theme throughout the summer has been Salisbury’s inability to lock down defensively and come up with key stops when it needs to. That issue resurfaced this past weekend.
The Falcons went 0-3 on Friday and Saturday at the SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” basketball tournament. A common issue in their tournament-ending 41-31 loss to Hershey was the defensive play.
Salisbury manager Scott Heppenheimer let his team know about the conditions of the infield prior to Sunday’s game against Coplay.
Maybe he had a hunch of what was in store.
A friendly bounce on a Joey Galantini single kept Salisbury’s comeback bid alive in the fifth inning and played a key role in keeping the Falcons’ Lehigh Valley Legion season alive. The No. 1 seeded Falcons scored six runs in the frame, two on Galantini’s single, and defeated No. 8 seeded Coplay, 8-7, in a win-or-go-home playoff game at Salisbury High School.
Even during the summer months, basketball teams can use certain situations to benefit themselves come the winter season. Salisbury had that chance with an opportunity to draw up a game-tying play in the final seconds recently.
Incoming senior Sean Snyder hit a foul-line jumper to tie Thursday’s game against Southern Lehigh at 50-50 to end regulation.
Snyder hit another big shot in overtime to put the Falcons ahead by a point, but the Spartans finished the game on a 6-2 run for a 60-57 win at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium.
When former Salisbury girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich recently decided to step down from that position, Salisbury didn’t have to look far for his replacement.
Dan Reichenbach, a 1986 graduate of Salisbury High School, replaces Mladosich after his sixth and final season.
Reichenbach is well known around the school and community, leading Salisbury’s Middle School girls’ basketball team for the past two seasons and coaching the Falcon jumpers during the spring track and field season.
When you finish a baseball game with as many errors as hits, the chances of winning that game is slim to none.
The Salisbury Connie Mack team found out just how tough it could be in that situation.
A total of six errors played a key role in Jim Thorpe’s 10-2 victory at Salisbury High School on Monday evening to hand the Falcons their fifth loss in their last seven games. Two of those errors came in the first inning when the Olympians were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead and never look back.
The annual Bash at the Beach basketball tournament was held this past week at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. A total of 40 teams competed in the varsity boys tournament and 17 teams entered in the girls tournament.
The Salisbury boys had a tough road from the start, which included an opening-round game against a state playoff squad from this past winter. Rene Figueroa scored 26 points to help Panther Valley edge the Falcons on Thursday, 60-57.
When Salisbury senior Jack Reichenbach got injured during the winter basketball season, head coach Jason Weaver was left with four juniors and one freshman in the starting lineup.
The Falcons endured some growing pains without their leader in Reichenbach. But with all five of those starters returning to the lineup, as well as much of the team’s core, Salisbury is using the summer to improve its chemistry as a team.
When Ryan Miller walks up to the plate, he’s always looking a first pitch he can drive. He got one early in Sunday’s game against North Parkland pitcher Collin Duff and made the Buffaloes pay.
Miller drove a first pitch fastball over the left center field fence to bring three Salisbury runs across home plate. That started a five-run first inning for the Falcons (8-0) as they remained unbeaten in legion play and held off a late charge from North Parkland for an 8-7 win.