Most teams will expect some sort of rust and inconsistency early in the season. The Salisbury boys basketball team, while it was within seven points late in the fourth quarter, could never get into a rhythm during its season opener against Blue Mountain.
Blue Mountain went 21-of-24 at the free throw line, making 16 from the charity stripe in the final quarter, to pull away with a 62-48 victory on Friday night at Salisbury High School. The Falcons (0-2) trailed 53-46 with 1:36 to play, but the Eagles finished the game on a 9-1 spurt.
The Salisbury swim team opened its season last Friday against Moravian Academy with a new look, starting at the top with first-year head coach Mackenzie Sikora. A number of first-year swimmers also made an impact for the Falcons in their first meet, despite coming up short on both the boys and girls sides.
The Moravian Academy girls defeated Salisbury, 117-53. The Lion boys came away with a 123-34 win at KidsPeace.
Despite the Salisbury girls basketball team’s 19-point loss to Pen Argyl on its home court to open the season, head coach Dan Reichenbach was pleased with the fight his team showed.
The Falcons, which trailed by 12 points after the first quarter and by as many as 16 in the second, fought their way back.
The hosts ultimately couldn’t take the lead, but were able to cut the Green Knights’ deficit to single digits on a number of occasions before suffering a 57-39 setback.
Kelly Gardus was a gifted goal scorer during her high school career at Salisbury. And she’s continued to be a strong threat during her first two seasons at the collegiate level.
As a sophomore at Ursinus College, Gardus led the Bears this past fall season with three goals scored. Her teammate, Morgan Raley, also scored three times. During her freshman season, Gardus ranked second on the team by scoring five of the Bears’ 25 goals.
Mason Groff, with the help of his cousin John Yurconic, made history at Salisbury High School a few years ago. The duo had the best tennis season of any doubles team in Falcon history, culminating in state gold during their junior campaigns in 2016.
Fast-forward nearly four years and Groff is once again etching his name in the record books. This time it’s at the collegiate level.
The Salisbury wrestling team is less than a week away from opening its season when it hosts Northern Lehigh on Tuesday night. The Falcons will have a new look when the 2020 season rolls around, and it begins at the top.
Head coach Eric Snyder rejoins the program for his second stint after three years away from the blue and white. There are also some graduates that must be replaced from last season, but Snyder is hoping to change the culture at Salisbury to something similar to his first stint with the team.
There’s no question that last season was a tough one for the Salisbury girls basketball team. The Lady Falcons won just three games last winter.
With a core group of experience returning in 2020, head coach Dan Reichenbach isn’t shying away from high goals as the Lady Falcons enter year No. 2 under his tutelage.
Salisbury boys basketball head coach Jason Weaver is hoping for a return trip to the postseason after the Falcons failed to qualify in each of the past two seasons. And with a strong returning cast this winter, those odds are looking fairly good.
While two players graduated from last year’s team that went 8-14 overall and 5-12 in the Colonial League, three others return with plenty of varsity experience looking to reverse unfortunate past.
Rylee Donaldson has endured her fair share of injuries over her soccer career. Just a little over a year ago during her final season at Salisbury, Donaldson played with a knee injury that required a procedure to repair her patellar tendon after the season. She also missed half of her sophomore campaign with a broken wrist.
Despite the injury-riddled past, Donaldson had her healthiest season in quite some time in 2019 for Bucknell. And the freshman forward had a successful inaugural collegiate season, playing in every one of the Bison’s 18 games and tallying a goal and an assist.
Several former Salisbury High School athletes are competing on college athletic teams during the winter 2019-20 season. Here’s a look at some of them.
Harvard junior freestyle swimmer Mahlon Reihman returns to the pool this winter for his third collegiate season. Reihman placed third in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races in the Crimson’s season opener against Texas A&M and Duke.