The Salisbury softball team felt the agony of defeat in the worst way last season.
With a five-run lead in the Colonial League championship game, the Lady Falcons needed just six outs to secure their first ever league title. Instead, Bangor fought all the way back for comeback victory. Two games later, Salisbury’s season came to an end in the district semifinals, capping their season with a 17-8 record (12-6 in Colonial League).
But the Lady Falcons are looking to put that heartbreak behind them with the 2018 season just days away.
Moments after Jonah Niesenbaum’s run in the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships ended, his mind was already moving forward.
“Next season starts today,” said the second-year wrestler. He just wishes 2018 hadn’t ended as quickly as it did.
Niesenbaum dropped his first two matches in Hershey over the weekend, and his memorable season came to a close. He closed out his junior season with an 18-14 record after earning medals at districts and regionals prior to his run in states.
Salisbury’s Sarah Bobeck burst onto the swimming scene as a sophomore, and was fortunate enough to earn a trip to states last winter.
But one thing was missing. She had to take that trip to Bucknell University alone last winter as the only Falcon female, with some of her teammates just missing the cut to compete at states.
Saint Joe’s pitcher Justin Aungst, a 2014 graduate of Salisbury High School, spent his first two college seasons on the mound in a variety of roles. While he earned four starts as a freshman, Aungst largely made his appearances out of the bullpen in his first two seasons.
But Aungst became one of the Hawks’ regular starters in 2017, and the former Falcon has thrived in that role. In this his final college season, he’s hoping to build on that momentum even more and put a stamp on an impressive career.
The Salisbury boys and girls swim teams are set to compete in this weekend’s District 11 Class 2A Swimming Championships. Competition is set to begin on Friday at Parkland High School, with events wrapping up on Saturday night.
Salisbury’s top seeded swimmer is on the girls’ side in junior captain Sarah Bobeck. She leads all 2A competitors in both the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events.
Bobeck’s seed time of 24.76 seconds is the only sub 25-second time in the 50-yard freestyle. It looks like the path to gold will go through her.
Lindsay Bauer described her freshman year at Rider University hitting “rock bottom” regarding her track and field career.
And there was nothing she could do about it.
Fast-forward to her sophomore track and field and Bauer is leaps and bounds ahead of her freshman year. It can all be credited to a switch in which foot she was jumping off of in the triple jump.
A number of local high schools recently finished another regular season in the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League. But one major change surfaced in 2018 that schools had to become accustomed to for the winter.
Salisbury, which finished 0-9 in the regular season, was one of 10 league teams that experienced a new shooting target this past season. The change resulted in a much more competitive NEPARL field from top to bottom.
Not many football players from Salisbury have the opportunity to play in college.
The first Falcon scholarship football player in at least a decade will take the field next fall.
Salisbury senior lineman Michael Killiri, a member of two district teams as a Falcon, recently singed a letter of intent to play football at Bucknell University. He’s not the first Falcon to play football at the Division I level, but the first to receive a scholarship to date.
This past winter season was an abnormal one for the Salisbury boys basketball team and head coach Jason Weaver.
During his first nine years at Salisbury, Weaver led his Falcons to eight district tournament appearances and five trips to the PIAA playoffs. In this his 10th season at the helm, a rare occurrence resurfaced for the postseason-friendly Falcons.
Despite finishing with a below-.500 record, the Salisbury girls’ basketball team has qualified for the District 11 Class 3A tournament.
The Falcons (8-14 overall, 7-11 in Colonial League) earned the eighth and final seed in the tournament after Palmerton defeated Northern Lehigh last Thursday night. Salisbury, however, isn’t entering the postseason on particularly a high note.