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.
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.