A bit of a rivalry is brewing between the Salisbury and Northern Lehigh softball teams.
Dating back to the 2017 season, the teams have met five times. Northern Lehigh holds the edge with three wins compared to Salisbury’s two. Both have won on the biggest stages. Salisbury earned a 3-2 upset win in the Colonial League playoffs last year; Northern Lehigh grabbed a 6-5 victory in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
Patrick Adams was forced to make a couple of difficult decisions recently.
The biggest one came last May. Would Adams decide to continue his soccer career at the Division I level after seeing numerous programs show interest in the coveted midfielder? Or would he follow in the footsteps of his older brother Sean, who had a successful career on the Division III stage at The Catholic University of America?
When Bangor scored four runs in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s regular season opener against Salisbury, there was a sense of déjà vu for the Lady Falcons.
Less than a year ago, the Slaters rallied to score five runs in the sixth inning of last year’s Colonial League championship game to down Salisbury. Four runs once again in the sixth inning last week cut the Lady Falcons’ lead to just two runs after Salisbury looked to be comfortable through five.
Andrew Sukanick was without a doubt Salisbury’s top pitcher over the summer when he led the Falcon legion team to a regular season title and regional berth.
The Lehigh Valley endured yet another winter storm on the second day of April, but Sukanick is still pitching like he did last summer.
Sukanick, a senior, was dominant in Salisbury’s regular season opener last week against Northern Lehigh. In a 3-0 victory last Wednesday, Sukanick allowed just two hits and struck out 16 Bulldog batters.
An early spring snowstorm last week delayed the start of the spring sports season. Salisbury’s track and field season opener on Tuesday was left in jeopardy as the Lehigh Valley was trounced with eight inches of snow, but it looks as if the Falcons’ opener was on as scheduled as of Press deadline.
The Falcons were scheduled to host Pen Argyl and Palmerton Tuesday, in a meet held after Press deadlines.
Salisbury’s string of seven straight postseason appearances came to an unexpected end last season. Under head coach Mike Pochron, who enters his 18th season leading the program, Salisbury came up short in qualifying for either the Colonial League or District 11 tournaments.
All good things must come to an end, right? Well that’s how the saying goes, and it can be applied to the Salisbury boys’ tennis team.
Other than one doubles team from last season, Falcon head coach Rob Benson watched the rest of his regular starters depart due to graduation. That team, led by District 11 Class 2A singles champion John Yurconic and runner-up Mason Groff, went 11-2 in the Colonial League and fell to eventual champion Moravian Academy in the district semifinals.
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.