Devon Alder made the jump from 126 pounds last year to the 145-pound weight class this winter. It’s always tough jumping two weight classes over the course of a year, but Alder feels as if he’s off to a good start at his new spot in the line up.
Despite coming up short in last week’s match against Northwestern, he faced one of his toughest opponents all season, which will only bode well for the future.
Northwestern won three of the four contested bouts last Wednesday to secure the 57-12 victory.
The scoreboard read 30-30 very early in the third quarter. Southern Lehigh, however, scored seven of the next nine points. The lead was just five for the Spartans, but it felt like much more for Salisbury.
That’s kind of how things have felt for much of the season for the Falcons. And that deficit only grew larger.
Southern Lehigh led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and Salisbury never threatened the host Spartans the rest of the way. Seven turnovers in that frame helped the Spartans pull away for the 59-47 lead on Saturday afternoon.
The Salisbury girls basketball team is going to give up some size in most of its games. That’s no surprise to head coach Dan Reichenbach and his team.
But the Falcons faced one of their most difficult tasks in that regard last Friday night against Northwestern.
Northwestern’s duo of senior Sage Christopher and sophomore Emily Sekerak gave Salisbury problems all night. The two combined for 22 points, including a game-high 15 from Christopher, as the Tigers defeated the Falcons 63-22.
The Salisbury boys basketball team had just five wins all of last season. The Falcons picked up their fifth win of this season before the calendar even turned to January.
In the consolation game of its annual holiday tournament, Salisbury defeated Saucon Valley, 58-42, on Friday night. The Falcons (5-4 overall; 3-2 in Colonial League) fell to Quakertown in their first game of the tournament, 82-57.
Sarah Bobeck isn’t sure which individual events she plans to race at districts and states once the time comes. But she does know it will be a couple of freestyle events.
Fortunately for Bobeck, she still has some time to talk with head coach Patrick O’Connor and come up with the best idea. For now, she’s progressing well throughout the regular season.
Jonah Niesenbaum is confident he can wrestle against anyone, even on the national scene. And now maybe a few others are starting to believe as well.
Niesenbaum is 3-0 in dual meets this season. His biggest victory thus far came against Wilson’s Kolby Flank, last year’s District 11 Class 2A champion.
In terms of a national scale, Niesenbaum went 3-2 at the Super 32 wrestling tournament held back in October. One of his losses at 220 pounds was a hard-fought 3-1 decision against Oklahoma’s Konnor Doucet, who is ranked third in the country.
As if things weren’t tough enough for the Salisbury girls’ basketball team, the Falcons experienced a few more challenges last week.
Already without Olivia Hoeing, who is a two-year starter and has been sidelined all season, the injury bug bit Salisbury even more. Two other starters, guards Quinn Wittman and Melena Koutch, were in walking boots and missed Sunday’s game against Blue Mountain.
Blue Mountain took advantage of Salisbury’s inexperience and jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Falcons 55-13.
Getting off to slow starts has been a concern for the Salisbury boys’ basketball team this season. And it once again hurt the Falcons last week.
Palmerton’s Justin Hosier erupted for 19 points in the first quarter, and the Blue Bombers led by as much as 21 points in the second quarter. The Falcons fought back to get within five points in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much to overcome as Palmerton held on for the 65-61 win last Wednesday.
It’s quite fascinating when you hear Jonah Niesenbaum’s wrestling journey.
In just his third year of wrestling, Niesenbaum is coming off a season in which he qualified for states after placing fifth at regionals and taking third at the District 11 Class 2A tournament. And there’s no reason to expect he can’t top those accolades this winter.
Niesenbaum returns for the 2019 season looking to not only take another step forward, but also help guide the Salisbury program to new heights after going 0-8 last season with just two grapplers.
With the way Monday’s game against Wilson started, Salisbury was fortunate to find itself with a chance late in the fourth quarter.
However, the Warriors were able to close out the game with a few key plays from one of their top players.
After getting within two points midway through the fourth quarter, Wilson’s Robbie Swiatek scored six straight points as part of a 12-3 spurt to end the game for a 54-43 victory on Monday night.