Shane Simononis had a bit of a scare over the weekend as he secured a spot in the upcoming Southeast Regional Tournament.
The Salisbury senior was sent to the hospital with a leg injury following his third-place match. The extent of the injury was not known when he left the mat, nor was his upcoming future at regionals.
Head coach Kevin Johnson and the Salisbury rifle team recently wrapped up the 2016-17 season. The winter may have ended with the Falcons going 0-9 in the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League, but the positives went well beyond the record.
Johnson witnessed all of his team members, 15 participants in total, improve on their shooting averages over the course of the year. He also watched as his senior class closed out successful careers and paved the way for the younger participants.
Last week’s third meeting between Salisbury and Southern Lehigh was the game that determined which would have the last word in this year’s rivalry.
Salisbury ended the regular season with a 10-point victory over Southern Lehigh. However, it was that same Spartan team who gave the Falcons arguably their worst loss of the season back in mid-January—a 67-53 Southern Lehigh win.
Salisbury was the final team to qualify for the Colonial League girls’ basketball tournament. But the No. 6 seeded Lady Falcons nearly pulled off the unforeseen upset over the weekend.
With only minutes remaining in the game, Salisbury took a four-point lead on No. 3 Bangor when Sarah McGee hit two of three free throws. The Lady Slaters, however, had an answer to avoid the upset. Bangor quickly evened the game at 33-33 and hit its free throws down the stretch to advance to the Colonial League semifinals with a 39-38 victory on Saturday afternoon
The District 11 swimming and diving championships are only a few of weeks away. And while that meet is quickly approaching, there is still some regular season swimming left for the Salisbury boys and girls.
February kicked off with the Falcons’ most recent meet against Stroudsburg, one in which the boys (48-45) and girls (57-37) both came up short. But Salisbury will have one more regular season meet—Wednesday against Southern Lehigh—and a trip to Emmaus’ Last Chance Meet on February 18, just over a week to qualify for districts.
One of the most demoralizing things is to know what is about to happen while feeling unable to stop it.
After witnessing Catasauqua’s Isaiah Graves erupt for 27 points in their first meeting, Salisbury knew the Rough Rider junior would have the ball in his hands often in their second meeting, which took place last week. They knew that was especially true late in the game with the two teams trading leads in the fourth quarter.
A win last Wednesday against Moravian Academy would have put the Salisbury girls basketball team in prime position for a Colonial League playoff spot. Instead, however, a loss put the Lady Falcons behind the eight ball a little bit more than they had been at the start of the day.
Numbers certainly weren’t in Salisbury’s favor at the start of the wrestling season. And now, unfortunately, things have become a little more difficult with a decrease in wrestlers due to injuries, some participants stepping leaving the team and other issues.
But that hasn’t deterred some of the Falcon grapplers from having noteworthy seasons despite the team’s 0-12 record.
Things certainly didn’t look optimistic for Salisbury early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s league game against Palmerton.
The Blue Bombers opened the final frame with a 7-0 spurt to take a 52-39 lead. Salisbury had struggled to score after putting up 31 points in the first half, but more importantly had no answers for Palmerton defensively.
A number of area teams have already qualified for the district playoffs even though that tournament is still a month down the road. The Allen and Emmaus boys basketball teams, both who are ranked in the state Class 6A rankings, have already cemented a spot.
But when those district tournaments tip off on Feb. 21, the scene will look slightly different than in years past. The biggest change fans will notice is the increase from four PIAA classifications to six based on student enrollment numbers.