High school spring sports practices were scheduled to begin on March 2 in preparation for the upcoming season.
But like a number of years in the past, snowfall as the end of winter hits has put a damper on those practice plans in early March.
Two separate storms last week, including Thursday's winter blast that saw much of the Lehigh Valley receive over six inches of snow, covered playing surfaces across the region. That put to rest any idea of baseball, lacrosse, tennis or track and field teams from practicing outside.
A win against Tamaqua in Friday's district consolation game would have qualified Salisbury for the PIAA tournament for the second time in three years.
After the first quarter of play, things seemed to be going to plan for the Falcons. Three three-pointers from guard Chad Cooperman helped get the Falcons to a seven-point lead in the opening frame. The Raiders were forced to back out of their zone defense and play man-to-man the rest of the way, a scheme the Falcons saw plenty of success against throughout the season.
It was the start the Salisbury girls basketball team could have hoped for.
The Falcons' 2-3 zone defense limited top-seeded North Schuylkill to six points on 2-for-13 shooting in the first quarter, resulting in a 14-6 advantage for the No. 5 seeded Lady Falcons.
But shots eventually started to fall for the Lady Spartans.
By the time halftime hit, the Lady Spartans cut Salisbury's lead to two points. North Schuylkill took the lead midway through the third in large part with their full-court pressure, and that lead ballooned to double digits early in the fourth.
While there have been a number of Salisbury wrestlers to have reached regionals in the past, head coach Eric Snyder estimated that it's been roughly a decade since two Falcons achieved that feat in the same year.
That all changed this season when Alex Nicholas and Nico Scarcia qualified for the PIAA Southeast Regional Championships after finishing in the top five at districts.
With just one event left at last weekend's District 11 championships, Salisbury still had just one swimmer qualified for the state meet.
Thanks to a big finish in that last event, four Falcons will make the trip to Bucknell University next week instead of one.
Salisbury's Danny Bonge, Ben Wiener, Gavin Carey and Mahlon Reihman teamed up to win the 400-meter freestyle relay Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School. They dropped almost 15 seconds off their seed time to finish in 3:25.60.
It would have been easy for Salisbury to cut its losses and pack it in mentally.
But despite losing leading scorer Dasheen Reid for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, and facing a Wilson squad that gave Salisbury trouble in two previous meetings, the Falcons didn't feel sorry for themselves.
Even with the emotional rollercoaster ride coming in the days following Reid's injury in the Colonial League championship less than two weeks ago, the Falcons put together an effort not many could have anticipated.
With senior Meagan Eripret questionable for Friday's district game after suffering a sprained ankle in Salisbury's regular season finale, guards Lindsay Bauer and Kelly Gonoude knew they would be relied upon even more than most games.
Eripret, who practiced for the first time since her injury a day before the Falcons quarterfinal matchup against Palmerton, got clearance minutes before tipoff. But with her still at less than 100 percent, the Falcons' supporting cast needed to step up without Eripret in the starting lineup.
The Salisbury Falcons were certainly well represented at the District 11 Diving Championships held last weekend at Emmaus High School. Three Salisbury divers were among the eight participants and when all was said and done, the Falcons swept the top three spots in the meet, with Dennis Bonner not only capturing first place, but also setting both a pool and district record and capturing the Dennis McGinley Award as the best overall diver in the meet.
Nico Scarcia entered the fifth-place match at last weekend's District 11 Class AA wrestling champioships with everything on the line and the odds stacked against him.
The Salisbury senior was facing Notre Dame's Reese Cornish, a senior returning regional qualifier who went 27-4 in the regular season to earn the No. 3 seed in a tough 145-pound bracket. Scarcia went 10-12 and came in as the 11th seed.
Cornish had beaten Scarcia three times this season, including a first-period pin in the second round of districts.
Following Monday's dual meet against Schuylkill Haven that ended Salisbury's regular season, the Falcon wrestlers have one thing left to focus on: the upcoming individual district tournament.
When the District 11 Class AA event gets underway on Friday, the Falcons will send a number of wrestlers to compete for a spot in regionals. While seeding and opponents were not determined by time of press, a total of nine Falcons will take the mat as the weekend approaches.