Juan Garcia’s first season as the Salisbury wrestling head coach wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. But with a very limited number of wrestlers, it’s hard to compete with the opponents on your schedule.
The result in 2017 was a winless record for the Falcons. Despite once again having a low turnout, Garcia is hoping this group takes a step forward.
“Although we have low numbers, the wrestlers are starting to work together as a family,” Garcia said. “They are starting to buy into the program.
Teddy Denver’s high school football career ended in one of the worst ways possible. A broken leg in Salisbury’s season finale left his football career in doubt.
But Denver wasn’t ready to give up his passion on the gridiron. The former Falcon, who committed to play football at Lebanon Valley College, finally cracked the field during his junior season with the Dutchmen.
It started as just a friendly game of pickup football. Little did one Salisbury resident know he would start a tradition that would last for over half a century.
Nick Ampietro and his friends began playing football as young kids decades ago in Fountain Hill. The tradition carried on from one field to the next, all the way to Laubach Park in Salisbury Township years ago where the game is still every Thanksgiving.
Kyle Gonoude wasn’t at 100 percent when the DeSales men’s cross country team competed in the NCAA Division II Mideast Regional Championships, yet he still played a key role in the Bulldogs’ strong finish to 2017.
Gonoude has been a steady piece to DeSales’ success this past fall season. He’s been a consistent top-five scorer for a Bulldogs team that cracked the top five at the MAC Championships in late October.
After a historic career at Salisbury High School in which he set numerous records and collected many accolades, it’s no secret the effect he’s had at DeSales.
The Salisbury field hockey team pulled off an upset over Bangor during the regular season. The Falcons got an opportunity to do it again in the postseason against the No. 2 seed Slaters.
Bangor, however, was able to gain a bit of revenge with the stakes a bit higher in the district tournament. The Slaters downed No. 3 Salisbury 4-1 in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Nazareth High School.
It was the second straight season that Salisbury had qualified for the district tournament.
Salisbury sophomore Shane Artis exceeded his expectations even before taking the course during Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey. Earning a trip to the state cross country meet was more than he could have anticipated at the start of the season.
Once he got on that stage, he proved he belonged with some of the top Class 2A runners in the state.
Artis, the only Falcon participant at Saturday’s meet, placed 60th out of 233 participants in the Class 2A field. He finished the race in 17:28.
A spot in the District 11 Class 2A girls’ soccer championship game was once again on the line for Salisbury. A year after its best season in program history, the Falcons had the opportunity to avenge last year’s district championship loss and earn a second straight PIAA playoff appearance.
Palisades wasn’t on board with that script.
The chips were stacked against Salisbury even before Friday’s kickoff against Southern Lehigh in the regular season finale. The Falcons were without a number of their play makers due to injury and other factors.
The path to victory got even more difficult when junior quarterback Jacob Kamp went down with an injury early in the second quarter.
Southern Lehigh scored on its first four drives and never looked back, putting an on offensive clinic in its 51-7 victory over Salisbury at Southern Lehigh High School. The Falcons managed just 114 yards of total offense.
Whether it finished as the No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the District 11 Class 3A rankings, the opponent that awaited Salisbury in the playoffs was going to be a very strong team.
The bright spot for Salisbury, however, is the fact that it has qualified for the district playoffs. It’s what head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons hope is a turning point in the right direction toward becoming a regular visitor to postseason football in future years.
A 21-0 deficit isn’t what Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco had in mind when his team hosted Palmerton on Friday night. Many teams would have rolled over facing such a large early deficit, but his Falcons quickly righted the ship.
Those 21 points, however, proved to be just a little too much to overcome. Salisbury (4-5) rallied to tie the game at 42-42 in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Bombers (6-3) closed the game with two touchdowns to secure the 56-42 win on Friday night.