With only two wrestlers taking the mat on a nightly basis, the Salisbury wrestling team probably won’t see any team wins this winter.
But the focus around head coach Juan Garcia and the Falcon program remains on rebuilding this unit to a level at which it previously competed not many years ago. And Salisbury looks to be on the right path to that future success.
Last week was sort of like a roller coaster ride for the Salisbury boys’ basketball team.
After suffering two losses in its annual holiday tournament, Salisbury closed 2017 by finally securing its first win of the season. The Falcons (1-8) defeated Palmerton on Saturday night, 56-53, to pick up its first Colonial League win and end an eight-game skid.
The Falcons fell to Northampton (50-38) last Wednesday, and then came up short against Quakertown (41-27) on Thursday in the consolation game at Salisbury High School.
Everything seemed to be going right for the Salisbury girls basketball team coming out of halftime.
The Lady Falcons sprinted out with a 15-4 run in the third quarter and brought Salisbury’s lead to 17 points, seemingly putting Moravian Academy out of reach.
So far, this season has been one of the most challenging for Salisbury boys basketball head coach Jason Weaver. Friday night was another bump in the rocky road.
Moravian Academy (6-2 overall; 5-2 in Colonial League) used a strong second half to defeat Salisbury on the Lions’ home court last week. The Falcons (0-6, 0-4) have yet to win a game this season; their last victory as a program came last season in the District 11 Class 4A consolation game.
The season may feel like it has just started for the Salisbury swimming team, but head coach Patrick O’Connor has been impressed with the Falcons’ start in 2017.
The team most recently competed against Dieruff, with girls capturing a victory while the boys fell to 0-4 with the loss. A number of Falcons also recently participated in the Bucknell Invitational in early December.
One of the biggest surprises to O’Connor has been the depth on the girls team, which is 2-2 this season.
For much of the team’s first three games, Salisbury girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich was pleased at the performance he saw on the court. And the result was a perfect 3-0 record to open the winter season.
But on Monday night, he saw a different team take the hardwood.
Salisbury boys basketball head coach Jason Weaver has coached a member of the Reichenbach family in nine straight seasons.
This season will be his last. But 2017 began in a memorable way for both Weaver and the youngest of the Reichenbach family.
Falcon senior Jack Reichenbach, during his 20-point effort in Friday’s season opener against Blue Mountain, went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Reichenbach pushed his total to 1,009 points for his career and is the eighth Falcon boys basketball player to reach the coveted milestone.
Not many athletes get to continue their athletic careers at the Division I collegiate level.
Salisbury’s Lil Crouthamel will get that opportunity next year.
Crouthamel, a senior softball player at Salisbury, recently committed to continue her career at Penn State University as a walk-on recruit. She’ll join former Lady Falcon Meghan Williams when she arrives with the team in Happy Valley.
The saying goes something like this: you live by the three, you do by the three.
With a new style in full force, one of Salisbury’s biggest strengths on the court figures to be the way it shoots the basketball. It started off solid and ended on fire, but the Falcons struggled to remain consistent in their season opener.
Nearly every high school team heads into each season needing to replace graduates who were important to the team a year earlier. The challenge will be no different for the Salisbury girls basketball team this upcoming winter.
After going 13-12 last season and qualifying for both the Colonial League and District 11 tournaments, the Lady Falcons will have a new look this season.
Leading scorer from last season Caylin Meikrantz (13.5 points per game) is one of six seniors that graduated.