There’s no question that Mahlon Reihman has drawn plenty of attention from Division I college swimming teams across the nation. It isn’t hard to see why schools would salivate over the senior’s 6-foot-6 frame and state championship resume.
With a number of options, Reihman’s choice wasn’t necessarily clear-cut at the beginning of the recruiting process. But his decision became more and more clear with the passing weeks.
The decision wasn’t an easy one, but Salisbury senior diver Tyler Keller knows he made the right choice.
After three standout seasons on the diving board, and one more to come in the upcoming months, Keller now knows where he’ll be diving at the college level. The Falcon senior recently committed to Lehigh University to continue his diving career at the Division I level.
Several Salisbury graduates played on college athletic teams during the fall season.
Senior goalie Emily Hoats started 11 of DeSales’ 19 games for the women’s soccer team. She helped the Bulldogs win five of those games, recorded 4 shutouts on the season, and came up with 32 saves in net. Hoats finished her final college season with a .640 save percentage. DeSales went 9-10 in 2016 and advanced to the MAC Freedom Conference championship game.
When high school students are looking at potential colleges, some like to visit schools close to home. Salisbury senior Caylin Meikrantz is not one of those students. She’s always dreamed about attending college in the south.
At this time next year, Meikrantz will have achieved two long-time goals.
Meikrantz, who recently committed to Elon University in North Carolina, will also continue her soccer career at the Division I level. Her decision came back in April, just months before a historic senior season at Salisbury got underway.
The Salisbury boys’ soccer senior class patiently waited for the elusive district championship that it had been chasing for years.
The Falcons’ historic season took another step forward last week, led by those seniors. A win against District 2 champion Scranton Prep in the PIAA Class 2A tournament advanced Salisbury to the quarterfinal round and just three wins away from a state title.
There was certainly a feeling of heartbreak following last week’s PIAA Class 2A playoff game for the Salisbury girls soccer team, particularly in the way the Lady Falcons’ last game had to end. No team wants a game to be decided on a penalty kick in overtime.
And when that game comes with a chance at advancing to the state quarterfinals on the line, it makes the loss much more difficult to swallow.
Despite falling to Montoursville last Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA tournament, there will be plenty of smiles in regards to what the Falcons accomplished in 2016.
Ethan Heydt took to social media last Tuesday night to post a picture of some hardware with the caption, “Wasn’t leaving high school without one of these.”
John Yurconic’s tweet read: “I was sick and tired of silver.”
Mason Groff may have been the most humble and modest: “I love soccer.” The Salisbury senior came up with the program’s biggest play in this group’s four-year career.
Like all coaches, Salisbury girls soccer head coach Rick Babyak doesn’t like giving his team the end-of-the-season speech. He’ll be able to put that speech off a bit longer this year than previous years.
Despite falling in last week’s District 11 Class 2A championship against unbeaten Pine Grove 1-0, Salisbury had at least one more game on its schedule. And the Falcons earned one more after qualifying for the state tournament via a 3-1 win over Dunmore, District 2’s second-place team, on Saturday.
For about a month, Salisbury sophomore midfielder Rylee Donaldson was relegated to the sidelines with a broker right wrist. The injury caused her to miss a good chunk of the regular season, and she was still not cleared for contact in the Lady Falcons’ Colonial League semifinals match a couple weeks ago.
After playing in two playoff games since then, including the Colonial League championship and first round of districts, Donaldson’s impact was felt most when Salisbury was in dire need.
Regardless of whether it was by default or not, the Salisbury field hockey team was playing in its first district playoff game last week since the team’s current head coach did it roughly a decade ago.
Despite playing one of the best teams in the Colonial League in that district semifinal game, Salisbury showed it was up for the challenge early on. A 2-1 Bangor lead at halftime certainly impressed Falcon head coach Meredith Makhoul in her first time back on the district stage, but the Slaters used a strong second half to secure the 9-1 victory.