Wanting to open up their home pool on the right note against Central Catholic, Salisbury swimming head coach Jason Mohring pushed his team throughout the week of practice heading into last Friday morning's meet.
And it sure looked as if the Falcons benefited from those practice sessions.
The boys added another win to their slate after securing the 110-74 win over the Vikings at KidsPeace to open their home schedule. The girls battled in every event, however, the Vikings captured the 102-57 victory.
Heading into Friday's Salisbury Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament, the Falcons had trouble finishing out their last two contests against Southern Lehigh and Blue Mountain. Both resulted in close losses down the stretch.
After a 52-34 win over Hatboro-Horsham on Friday in the Falcons' tournament, Salisbury once again had a bit of trouble closing out Fleetwood in the championship game on Saturday afternoon.
Throughout the first two weeks of the season, the Salisbury girls' basketball team jumped out to a 4-0 record (3-0 in Colonial League), and looked to be among the conference's top teams.
But since that point, the Falcons (5-5 overall, 3-3 in Colonial League) have endured an unpleasant run that has seen them drop five of their last six games.
More recently, the Falcons have lost their last three games, including conference matchups against Bangor last Saturday and Notre Dame (Green Pond) on December 30.
Eddie Sanchez has had a number of big games scoring-wise for the Salisbury boys' basketball team this season.
During the first half of play during Saturday afternoon's nonconference game against Emmaus, Sanchez was well on his way to another one of those games, scoring 15 points and helping the Falcons to a 30-25 halftime lead
But a defensive switch for the Hornets in the final 16 minutes put a damper on Sanchez and the Falcons' scoring going forward.
Both Salisbury and Southern Lehigh entered last week's Colonial League girls' basketball matchup at 3-0 in conference play.
While one team would be dealt their first loss of the season, the other would remain the only unbeaten team in the South Division.
And despite coming up on the short end of a 48-43 loss in overtime to the Spartans (5-2 overall; 4-0 in Colonial League) at Southern Lehigh High School, the Falcons (4-1 overall; 3-1 in Colonial League) gave the league champions of the past three seasons all they could handle.
Saturday's Bucknell Invitational was scheduled to be Salisbury's fourth swimming meet of the 2014 season.
However, due to a number of weather postponements early in the season, the Falcons have only been in one regular season meet thus farthe opener against Moravian Academy.
While the team has had limited time in the pool, head coach Jason Mohring has been pleased with a number of facets on both the boys and girls sides.
Salisbury guard Eddie Sanchez had arguably the best game of his career in the Falcons' toughest game to date on the young season.
But it wasn't the game-high 25 points, or his overall shooting performance from the field (10-of-14) that he was quick to point out regarding his offensive game. In fact, Sanchez, who's always looking to improve, was a bit disappointed in his last shotthe second free throw of a one-and-one opportunity that was just off target.
It's always important to start the season off on a high note, particularly playing in your own division.
It looks as if the Salisbury girls' basketball certainly got that memo.
Under the guidance of Meagan Eripret, a Colonial League First Team All-Star in 2013, the Falcons have raced out to a perfect mark in league play with victories over Palisades and Saucon Valley last week.
After wrestling during his freshman year for Salisbury, Teddy Denver suffered an injury during his sophomore year that forced him to miss the entire season.
Denver, who is now a junior, tore his labrum during the football season as a sophomore that kept him in search of his first wrestling victory as he prepared for the 2014 season.
And despite going 0-5 in the Jim Thorpe Duals on the season's opening weekend, it didn't take long for Denver to get his first career win once the Colonial League season got underway.
Salisbury guard Eddie Sanchez wasn't satisfied with the way he played in the team's season opener against Blue Mountain.
After watching the tape from that game, Sanchez noticed he wasn't as aggressive as he would've liked to be in his offensive game. He understood that had to change for the Falcons going forward.
During the Falcons' Colonial League opener against Saucon Valley, Sanchez made the necessary adjustments and it paid dividends.