While there have been bumps along the road for the Salisbury field hockey team this season, the Falcons certainly ended 2013 on a positive note.
In a nonconference matchup against Central Catholic, Amanda Rowlands tallied two goals and an assist in the Falcons' (4-14 overall; 2-14 in Colonial League) 3-1 win over the Vikings (0-16 overall; 0-14) on Saturday morning at Salisbury Middle School.
Despite being a bit nervous heading into last week's District 11 Golf Championships at Blue Ridge Country Club's par 72 course, Salisbury's Kody Long still had high expectations of himself.
Unfortunately, severe weather conditions during play on Monday had postponed the remainder of the tournament until Tuesday. And perhaps it was the effects of the heavy rain and gusty winds that put Long in a situation on Monday that ultimately hurt his goal of advancing to regionals.
Heading into the season, Salisbury girls soccer head coach Rick Babyak wasn't sure how the team's new defensive scheme would work out.
As the regular season has reached its conclusion, Babyak couldn't be happier with the decision to change.
Switching from a sweeper-stopper defense last season, Babyak implemented the flat back four defense over the offseason. After losing a number of solid defenders from last season's team, it remained to be seen how the change would pan out.
While Friday night's scoreboard showed a 35-7 loss to Palisades, Salisbury football head coach Andy Cerco noted a number positives that displayed the team's character and continuity.
Battling a number of injuries along the offensive line, as well as an ejection from one of those linemen during the first half, a number of Falcons stepped up for the greater good of the team.
Q. What grade are you in?
A. I am in 12th grade at Salisbury High School.
Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?
A. AP US History is my favorite because I enjoy analyzing why events happen in the past and how they affect us today.
Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?
A. National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, the Eisenhower Memorial Leadership Award and the Widener University Leadership Award.
Q. What extracurricular activities have you been involved in, both in and out of school?