One thing you can't question about the Salisbury girls' basketball team is its resiliency.
During the team's PIAA second round game against District 4's champ Mt. Carmel last week, the Falcons erased a 16-point deficit late in the third quarter to make it a one-point game with 2:25 to play.
However, the Lady Tornadoes of Mt. Carmel did just enough down the stretch, outlasting the Lady Falcons by a final of 60-56 on Tuesday night at Hamburg Area High School.
The Salisbury powerlifting team put together an impressive outing at the Pennsylvania Teenage State Championships on February 23 at Palmerton High School.
Eight of the nine participants placed in the top five of their respective weight classes in helping the Falcons to a first-place finish in the small school division. The small school division is broken down into teams from Class A and AA schools, while the large school division represents Class AAA and AAAA teams.
The Salisbury senior class has put together a remarkable four-year stretch on the boys' swimming team.
Saturday's third-place finish at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships was the team's third straight finish in the top four at the Class AA level. To go along with its first ever state title in 2013, the Falcons placed fourth in 2012 as well.
Despite losing two of its top players from a year ago and possessing just one senior on this year's roster, Salisbury boys' tennis head coach Rob Benson believes this team is capable of improving on last season.
In 2013, the Falcons put together a 5-9 mark in the Colonial League. They have been on a steady decline since boasting a 10-4 mark in league play back in 2010. In 2011, the Falcons were .500 in the league (7-7), and a year later, they fell to 6-8.
It seemed a like déjà vu for the Salisbury boys' swimming team.
Like last season's PIAA swimming meet in which the 400-yard freestyle relay team captured first place in the final event to secure the team's first state title in school history, there were heavy implications on that race once again.
The defining moment of Kelly Garrigan's high school basketball career came in one of the biggest games in Salisbury girls' history.
During Friday's PIAA Class AA first-round game against Imhotep Charter, Salisbury had its eyes set on retaking the lead after the Panthers tied it at 54 with 35 seconds to play. It was at that point Garrigan came up with the game's most crucial bucket.
As the Salisbury boys' swimming team focuses on a second consecutive state title, head coach Jason Mohring and the Falcons understand just how much of an importance the relay teams play on the final score.
During the Falcons' first state title in 2013, it was the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event that captured gold, along with 40 team points, to secure the championship. Their 200-yard freestyle relay team came in fifth that year and tallied 28 points.
There's no question about who is the leader of the Salisbury girls' basketball team.
Meagan Eripret, who entered last week's District 11 Class AA semifinals against Pine Grove averaging 22.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, raised the bar even higher with her outing against the Cardinals. She tallied 25 points and 18 rebounds, both team-highs for the Falcons.
But it was a number of other Falcons who had a hand in directing a critical stretch in the final quarter that helped propel Salisbury into the district championship and their first state playoff appearance since 1994.
Second-year head coach Joe Mladosich and the Salisbury girls' basketball team looked to make history on Friday night at Martz Hall in Pottsville.
The Falcons made the 50-plus-mile drive to Pottsville looking for their first district title in school history. Their only district championship game appearance came 20 years ago, but a defeat to Pottsville in that title game has kept the Falcons searching for that illustrious win ever since.
Q. What grade are you currently in?
A. I am currently in 12th grade at Salisbury High School.
Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?
A. At the moment my favorite subject is English. Mostly because I've always loved reading, writing and expressing creativity through literature.
Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?
A. I was recognized as a member of National Honor Society and in 10th grade I was chosen to be a founding member of Salisbury's No Place for Hate organization.