In addition to playing for Salisbury during the high school soccer season, Katelyn Bucchin participates in club soccer for Lehigh Valley United, so she is accustomed to playing with a variety of different players.
This past weekend, Bucchin had the opportunity to play with a number of her club teammates once again, but in a slightly different setting.
There is a lot to be said about the season the Salisbury softball team had in 2014.
The Lady Falcons turned around a three-win season from last year into a 13-8 mark under first-year head coach Ken Choquette. The team secured its first winning season since 2006 and qualified for a spot in the district tournament after a seven-year hiatus.
Head coach Mike Pochron stated that the way his team played during last week's District 11 Class AA quarterfinals matchup against North Schuylkill was indicative of its play the last couple weeks of the season.
Plagued by inconsistent defense to close out the regular season, Salisbury saw those issues creep up once again as postseason play got underway.
Unfortunately, the Falcons weren't able to recover from those miscues and mistakes.
The talent and youth of Salisbury's track and field athletes was ever-present last weekend at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
The Falcons left Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium with a total of six medals, highlighted by sophomore Lindsay Bauer, who stood on the podium twice.
"I am just so proud of everyone," said Bauer, who placed fourth in the Class AA triple jump (37-0.25) and fifth in the long jump (17-7.5). "We all support each other and we're a really close team, too. So it's great to see everyone's hard work pay off.
Tevon Weber entered the District 11 track and field meet last week with a hope.
He left with a wish becoming a reality.
The sophomore finished second in javelin at last week's meet, held at East Stroudsburg South High School, with a new personal best of 164-02 that qualified him for the PIAA meet.
"I was just trying to place and do my best," Weber said. "Maybe even get a personal record. I was hoping that I could go to states and I think I accomplished everything I wanted."
Kaitlyn Toman was a high seed in pole vault at the Colonial League meet two weeks ago, but the sophomore didn't even register a height due misjudging the wind and her pole selection.
She admitted she was over it by day two of the meet two weeks ago, as she had to compete in the triple jump. That memory crept back into her mind heading into last week's at the District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
Salisbury baseball team will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the District 11 Class AA tournament when they host No. 5 North Schuylkill on Wednesday.
But this year, the Falcons won't be considered favorites like the last two years.
The Falcons, who missed the Colonial League playoffs for the first time since 2010, went 10-6 in the league and a had a .500 mark in the South Division. Like the Falcons, North Schuylkill (13-7 overall; 6-6 in Schuylkill League) missed its league playoffs and head coach Mike Pochron sees a number of similarities in the two squads.
It will be nearly three weeks between games for the Salisbury softball team.
But when the Lady Falcons finally get back out on the field, it'll be well worth the wait.
For the first time since the 2006 season, the Lady Falcons will be competing for a district crown when they open up Class AA competition next week against Catasauqua. The No. 3 seed Lady Falcons (13-7 overall; 10-6 in Colonial League) will travel to Parkland High School on Tuesday for their matchup against No. 2 Catty (15-6 overall; 12-4 in Colonial League) at 5 p.m.
Many track and field athletes train and compete all season long for the postseason. Some give it their all just to place in one event and be able to take home a single medal.
Lindsay Bauer had four different opportunities to place in different events at last week's Colonial League track and field meet at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School. The sophomore capitalized by taking home three gold medals, one bronze and the right to call herself a school record holder.
Salisbury's baseball and softball teams came up just short of making this week's four-team Colonial League playoffs.
The Falcon baseball team dropped it's final game of the season, losing 11-2 at Southern Lehigh last week to finish the season at 13-7 overall and 10-6 in the Colonial League.
Notre Dame (Green Pond) won the South Division with a 13-3 league record. Salisbury finished a game behind Saucon Valley (11-5), which earned the first wild card spot.
Catasauqua and Northwestern also went 10-6 and the Roughies earned a spot in the playoffs via tiebreaker.