Things couldn’t have been much tougher for the Salisbury softball team to open its spring season.
The Lady Falcons started 2017 with games against one team that was off to a hot start and another that was last year’s league champion. Those games came on back-to-back days.
After falling short in those two games against Northern Lehigh (3-2) and Bangor (15-2), respectively, the Falcons have since righted the ship.
All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending to plenty senior players’ careers.
A number of familiar faces that local track and field fans saw in Salisbury uniforms over the past four years won’t be back in 2017. It will be a new-look group leading the Falcons this year, while some familiar faces are back.
State-runner up in triple jump event and 13-time district medalist Lindsay Bauer is the most recognizable face that will me missing this spring. She has move to Rider College. But the Falcons also graduated a number of others, including Colonial League javelin champion Tevon Weber.
Salisbury’s biggest issue was clear as day last season. There was no running from the Falcons’ struggle to score runs.
In the Colonial League where Salisbury finished 8-9 and was on the outskirts of the league tournament, the Falcons scored three runs or less eight times. That trend haunted them in the district tournament as they scored just four runs in two games.
Two Salisbury swimmers were crowned state swimming champions last week at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. One was almost expected. The other was a bit of a surprise.
Both Mahlon Reihman and Daniel Bonge rode back to the Lehigh Valley with gold medals around their necks and helped their team to third place with one event left in this year’s PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
One step forward, one step backward. That seems to be the motto of the Salisbury softball team as of late.
After qualifying for the district tournament in 2014, Salisbury failed to return to that stage a year later and finished 7-10 in the Colonial League. Last year was a bounce-back season for the Lady Falcons, who made both postseason tournaments and earned 14 wins.
The Salisbury tennis team had plenty of individual success last season. This season, however, it is hoping to add some team hardware to go along with those personal feats.
Salisbury’s duo of seniors John Yurconic and Mason Groff captured state gold in the doubles circuit last year after both had lengthy runs in the District 11 Class 2A singles tournament. But the team finished just 7-9 overall and failed to qualify for both league and district team duals.
Shane Simononis didn’t really know what to expect coming into his final wrestling season. Not only was he entering his first season with head coach Juan Garcia, Simononis spent much of last year out of action with a concussion.
He did know one thing—he wanted to make 2017 a fun and memorable season. He surely did that.
Simononis capped his senior season on the mat this past weekend with a solid showing at the Southeast Region Class 2A Championships. He went 1-2 at the 182-pound weight class over the two-day event at Wilson West Lawn High School.
Salisbury was going to be traveling far regardless of Friday’s outcome against Saucon Valley. The Falcons would rather have to travel north to Scranton than south to Philadelphia.
The Falcons got their wish.
The No. 3 seed in the District 11 Class 4A tournament, Salisbury’s ticket to the state tournament was already clinched heading into Friday. But now the Falcons know where their first-round game will be after a 75-48 victory over No. 4 Saucon Valley in the district third-place game.
Time after time, it looked as if all of the luck was stacked against Salisbury.
First it was an 85-foot heave as time expired in the first quarter from Octorara’s Dominik London that somehow found its way through the rim. Then, Jamanti Mayo’s tip in as time expired in regulation tied last Friday’s district game at 56-56 and sent the two teams into overtime.