Salisbury’s plan heading into its weekend game against Northern Lehigh was clear: limit Jada Saeger and the Falcons’ chances figured to greatly increase.
Unfortunately, that goal was easier said than done.
Saeger, after scoring just two points in the opening quarter, helped Northern Lehigh separate itself the rest of the way on Saturday afternoon. Saeger finished with a game-high 23 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career during a 52-33 win over the Falcons at Northern Lehigh High School.
During a subpar winter season a year ago, it’s been quite some time since the Salisbury boys’ basketball team was at or above .500. After dropping its season opener against Blue Mountain last Friday night, the Falcons got to .500 with a win the next day.
The Falcons (1-1) separated themselves against Oley Valley in the second half and evened their record with a 69-55 win on Saturday afternoon. Salisbury started last season 0-8.
Following Saturday’s win against Oley Valley in which four Falcons finished in double figures, head coach Jason Weaver flashed back to a memorable performance from former Falcon Jack Reichenbach a year ago. Reichenbach had scored 25 points in the opening half of last year’s season opener.
Weaver noted that it’s unlikely any of his current players could put up those numbers in a half, but admitted that balanced scoring isn’t a bad thing. If Salisbury (5-17 overall in 2018, 5-13 in Colonial League) wants to get back to postseason play, balanced scoring figures to be key.
Salisbury was at a disadvantage in its season opener against Dieruff even before tipoff. The Falcons opened the season without two starters due to injuries and health issues.
Still, the Falcons kept it competitive against a much larger school in East Penn Conference foe Dieruff.
Down a point at halftime, Dieruff took the lead in the third quarter and then separated itself by double figures in the fourth en route to its 42-32 victory on Friday night.
Salisbury’s girls basketball team finished below .500 in the Colonial League last season for the first time in quite some time. And its seven conference wins were its lowest since the Lady Falcons went 9-7 back in 2013.
Head coach Joe Mladosich stepped down after spending six years with Salisbury. His team’s went 81-66 since he took over in 2013. But the Lady Falcons’ didn’t have to look far for their next coach.
Head coach Patrick O’Conor took over to lead the Salisbury swimming team in 2015. This winter might be the season in which his most talented girls’ unit comes to fruition.
Leading that group is senior Sarah Bobeck, a 10th-place finisher at states in the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.36). Bobeck was also a two-time gold medalist in her individual events at districts last winter, winning both the 500- and 50-yard freestyles.
BJordan Kamp’s redshirt sophomore season got off to a solid start in goal for the St. John’s women’s soccer team. She saw time between the pipes in each of the Red Storm’s two preseason games and started against nationally-ranked Tennessee in the season opener.
But two games later, Kamp suffered a thumb injury in pregame workouts against Syracuse in late August. She played in just four games (two starts) the rest of the way before her season was shut down in late September.
Kelly Gardus has only been on the campus of Ursinus College for a few months. She is preparing for her first winter break and plans to spend time back home in the Lehigh Valley in a couple of weeks.
Despite only being a member of the Bears’ women’s soccer team for a short time, Gardus has been impressive on the pitch. The freshman played in 14 of Ursinus’ 17 games—including two starts—and scored five goals as the Bears finished the fall season at 8-7-1.
During the summer of 2017, Salisbury’s Rylee Donaldson gave her verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at Bucknell University. She was just heading into her junior year of high school at that time. The Falcons’ all-time leading scorer made it official last week.
Donaldson, now a senior, inked her letter of intent at a ceremony last Monday at Salisbury High School to continue her soccer career as a member of the Bison. She’ll join a Bucknell team that went 5-4 in the Patriot League and qualified for the league tournament quarterfinals.
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West Chester sophomore Leandra Roelker recently capped the fall portion of her second tennis season as a member of the Golden Rams. She went 5-2 in singles play (1-1 in the PSAC) and picked up three more wins on the doubles circuit. The team will resume play on March 9 at Webber University.