It’s a special thing when sports and charity come together to form a memorable experience. We saw the latest instance of that in Fountain Hill over the weekend.
The 8th Annual Fountain Hill Stickball Classic was held on Saturday and Sunday, and a group of former Falcons (and one Bethlehem Catholic graduate) won the tournament.
Through a month of summer soccer, the Salisbury boys soccer team got a little glimpse of what it would look like in the fall season that kicks off in a matter of just weeks. Head coach Mark Allinson and the Falcons weren’t able to get a full gauge on the team with some players missing games due to vacations and other obligations, but there was certainly optimism as June turned into July.
Salisbury, known as Gore FC in this year’s Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League at Lehigh University, finished the regular season at 7-3-1 in the league’s A Group.
The Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League came and went, and the Salisbury girls didn’t experience the feeling of losing often. The Lady Falcons lost just once in 14 games over the months of June and July.
After completing the regular season at 10-1 and earning the top seed in Group B for the postseason, the momentum didn’t stop in the playoffs. Salisbury won all three of its playoff games to earn the championship, including a dominant 5-2 victory over Emmaus in the title game.
She’s a six-time state track and field medalist. She holds six different Salisbury records across a variety of events. Her name is cemented with two Colonial League Meet records. And she has 48 medals credited to her name over her four-year career.
So, what is Lindsay Bauer going to miss the most from her high school days?
The answer might surprise you.
“I miss playing summer basketball a lot, especially with Stellar coming up and everything,” Bauer said in early July. “That’s probably what I’m going to miss the most about high school, being able to play basketball.
Tevon Weber and his grade school buddies probably couldn’t see into the future, but they had a decent gauge on what they could do on the football field back in their Salisbury Youth Association days.
That group envisioned what it could be like once their senior seasons rolled around. They may have even trumped any expectations they set for themselves back before they were teenagers and stepped on a high school field.
It was set in stone that no matter the outcome of Saturday’s game against St. Peters (NJ) in the SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” basketball tournament, Salisbury wouldn’t be advancing to the fourth and final day of the event.
But head coach Jason Weaver wanted the Falcons to put their 0-2 start behind them and regroup for the finale. And that’s what they did.
Salisbury entered the Connie Mack playoffs riding a tidal wave of 12 consecutive victories. The Falcons entered as the league’s hottest team last week when the tournament got underway.
By the time the weekend hit, the Falcons added three more wins and cemented a Lehigh Valley Connie Mack championship to their resume. Following victories over Northampton (10-0) and Emmaus (8-5) on back-to-back days, Salisbury downed Hellertown, 5-1, for the championship last Friday.
Salisbury was dealt a tough stack of cards in the Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase.
The Falcons opened up the four-day tournament on Thursday against Pocono Mountain West, a team from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference that would go on to win the championship game against Whitehall. Two days later, Salisbury’s run came to an end against Dieruff, another tough matchup from the EPC that forced an unfamiliar 0-2 exit unlike prior years.
Bryan Hamscher, President of the Western Lehigh United Soccer Club, had a vision for the Emmaus-based club that he thought would elevate it to the next level. In mid-April, he made a few moves to push the club in that direction.
Three members were named as part-time administrators to the club that continues to expand with players across the area and from as far away as Scranton. George Crampton has been named the club’s technical director, while Eric DiFulvio and David Weitzman are the club’s new directors of coaching.
For the first time in a number of years, the Salisbury girls’ basketball team didn’t take part in the Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase at Cedar Beach.
The Lady Falcons will also be absent from this week’s SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” tournament.
Many of the Colonial League’s teams may have been missing from play this past weekend, but two other conference squads made a name for themselves in the 16-team Stellar girls tournament last weekend.