From 2011 to 2013, the Salisbury baseball team captured two District 11 Class AA championships and two Colonial League crowns.
Last year, however, was a different story for the Falcons.
After winning at least one playoff game in each season of that three-year stretch from 2011–2013, the Falcons failed to secure a postseason win last season. They failed to qualify for the league tournament for the first time since 2010 and lost their opening-round game of districts a year ago.
In a lot of ways, the Colonial League is like a big family.
When one member of that family senses that another could use help, they don't have to ask. Like a full-court press, help comes from all sides and it's not always easy to see it coming. It's happened many times in the past and it will no-doubt happen again in the future.
This year several members of the Colonial League got together to do whatever they could do help one of the league's longtime coaches.
Following a season in which the Salisbury girls track and field team finished 6-5 in the Colonial League and the boys went 3-8, the Falcons return a good chunk of the puzzle from those teams.
The girls team, which returns three state medalists from last year, figures to be one of the top league representatives in 2015.
Salisbury split its first two tennis matches this season.
The Falcons beat Pen Argyl but lost to the Colonial League's most dominant team in recent years, Moravian Academy, 3-2.
Monday, March 23
Salisbury beat Pen Argyl, 4-1.
John Yurconic and Mason Groff won singles matches 6-0, 6-0, while the doubles teams of Eric Young and Aaron King along with Brendan Reichenbach and Jack Bonge scored also won their matches.
Salisbury 4, Pen Argyl 1
As the Salisbury boys' tennis team gets its season under way this week, the Falcons figure to be one of the top teams competing for Colonial League and District 11 Class AA crowns.
The Falcons, which finished 10-4 in conference in 2014, come off a season in which the they finished as runners-up in both the league and district tournaments. Add in six returning starters from a year ago, and the Falcons are one of the few teams who may be able to compete with six-time defending district champion Moravian Academy.
The 40th annual Via All-Star events will be held next week.
The annual Via All-Star banquet is set for Wednesday at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem. Doug Flutie will be the keynote speaker.
The Via All-Star banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held on March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Despite his performance at last season's state swimming meet, which included two top-15 finishes, Salisbury sophomore Mahlon Reihman thought his ceiling would be much higher a year later.
Reihman, one of six Falcons participating in states, cemented one of the top performances of any Lehigh Valley swimmer at last week's PIAA Swimming and Diving Class AA Championships at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
A year ago, the Salisbury softball team put together its best season in nearly a decade. The Lady Falcons (10-6 in Colonial League, 13-8 overall) clinched their first district appearance since the 2006 season.
When the 2015 season begins next week, the Lady Falcons figure to be in the running for back-to-back district appearances in Class AA with much of last year's talent returning.
Southern Lehigh's Travis Edmond and Whitehall's Jacob Buskirk were separated by one seat at Sunday's Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet.
By the end of the 55th annual awards ceremony at Northampton Community Center, the two shared the evening's prestigious award.
Of the 34 high school football scholar-athlete nominees, Edmond and Buskirk were recognized as the award winners. It was the first time since 2011, when Bangor's Scott LaValva and Nazareth's Chuck Dibilio won the award, that two athletes shared the honor.
Following last week's District 11 Class AA semifinals defeat to North Schuylkill, senior Meagan Eripret spent some time in the locker room with her fellow teammates and coaches.
Eripret also took the time to speak with members of the media.
Then, the Falcons' unquestioned leader spent a special moment with her mother, Bridget Eripret. While it was certainly a time of sadness, there was also plenty to celebrate following the senior's final high school game.