Despite the difference in league records, the Salisbury girls' basketball team was aware last week's meeting with Northwestern would be a grind.
And it certainly was.
In a game in which neither team led by more than six points through the first three-and-a-half quarters, the contest figured to be decided down the stretch. Unfortunately for the Falcons, it was an 8-3 run over the final minutes that propelled the Tigers (7-4 overall; 4-3 in Colonial League) to a 43-36 victory at Northwestern High School.
It sure wasn't the way head coach Jason Weaver drew up the inbounds play after a timeout with 53 seconds left on the clock.
But as long as it ended in a positive for Salisbury, it didn't really matter.
Deadlocked in a 39-39 game against Bangor after Michael Martino sank two free throws, the Falcons had the ball with under a minute to play, looking to retake the lead.
It started with an important Colonial League divisional match against Southern Lehigh last week and ended with a trip to Great Valley High School for a tri-meet over the weekend.
Unfortunately for the Salisbury wrestling team, the results were mostly similar across the board.
After coming within a few points of their first win in a 42-36 defeat to the Spartans last Wednesday, the Falcons dropped their fourth league match the next day against Northwestern, 64-12. Salisbury also suffered losses against Great Valley (63-6) and Notre Dame-Green Pond (51-21).
Through the team's first nine games, the Salisbury girls' basketball team didn't know what losing felt like.
The biggest question following Friday's Colonial League contest against Notre Dame (Green Pond) is how will the Falcons respond after that first loss.
Thanks in large part to a quick start that saw the Crusaders lead 15-8 after the first quarter, as well as an injury to Salisbury's top ball-handler in Lindsay Bauer, Notre Dame handed the Falcons their first loss of the season with a 53-42 victory.
Since Christmas, the Salisbury boys' basketball team has been on a three-game winning streak, including four consecutive victories since December 22.
The Falcons' inaugural Holiday Classic saw the host team win both of its games en route to a championship.
The Falcons opened up the tournament with a 70-63 semifinals victory over Lincoln Leadership. Dasheen Reid's 14 points paced four Falcons in double-figure scoring.
Two days later, Bryce Fairclough's 15 points led Salisbury to a 51-40 victory in the championship game.
In the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Salisbury High School, Mason Donaldson spent countless hours with head coach Andy Cerco working on his punting form and technique.
From that point on, his goal has been to one day kick for a college team.
He recently completed his junior season, one that saw Donaldson average 39.7 yards per punt. He is doing everything he can to make his dream a reality. He has been to a number of kicking showcases and competitions dating back to last summer.
Whether it's conference play or nonleague action, the Salisbury boys' basketball team has gotten off to a great start this season.
Taking a break from action in the Colonial League, the Falcons hosted Lincoln Leadership Academy on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Salisbury Holiday Tournament.
Their night ended much like many of their previous contests-with another tally in the win column.
The Salisbury boys and girls swimming teams figured to endure some learning curves this season.
For one, the boys' side graduated six seniors from last year's team that finished third in the state, leaving just seven swimmers on this squad. That number was cut to just four for Saturday's meet against Central Catholic. The girls, who have no seniors and just two juniors, are continuing to progress each time in the pool.
To top it off, the swimmers are adjusting to life with a new head coach at the helm.
After competing in the Archbishop Wood Tournament on January 20, the Salisbury wrestling team had one league dual meet scheduled prior to Saturday's Selinsgrove Holiday Tournament.
Unfortunately, that meeting with Northwestern last Tuesday was postponed to a later date due to a number of skin issues on the team.
Without a wrestling meet scheduled in between two of the more difficult tournaments of the season, head coach Eric Snyder believes that postponement, along with a practice slate that included limited wrestling time on the mat, had a hand in his team's performance.
Salisbury's offensive output has been the same all season, a balanced attack that includes a variety of scoring options on the court.
Last week's Colonial League matchup against Northern Lehigh was no different. This time, it was the Falcons' guard play that led the way.
Dylan Belletiere and Dasheen Reid combined for 25 points to lead the Falcons to a 55-36 victory over Northern Lehigh last Tuesday at Salisbury High School. Two days later, the Falcons improved to 4-0 in the conference after Bryce Fairclough's 14 points led Salisbury to a 52-49 win against Wilson.