Salisbury’s girls basketball team finished below .500 in the Colonial League last season for the first time in quite some time. And its seven conference wins were its lowest since the Lady Falcons went 9-7 back in 2013.
Head coach Joe Mladosich stepped down after spending six years with Salisbury. His team’s went 81-66 since he took over in 2013. But the Lady Falcons’ didn’t have to look far for their next coach.
Head coach Patrick O’Conor took over to lead the Salisbury swimming team in 2015. This winter might be the season in which his most talented girls’ unit comes to fruition.
Leading that group is senior Sarah Bobeck, a 10th-place finisher at states in the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.36). Bobeck was also a two-time gold medalist in her individual events at districts last winter, winning both the 500- and 50-yard freestyles.
BJordan Kamp’s redshirt sophomore season got off to a solid start in goal for the St. John’s women’s soccer team. She saw time between the pipes in each of the Red Storm’s two preseason games and started against nationally-ranked Tennessee in the season opener.
But two games later, Kamp suffered a thumb injury in pregame workouts against Syracuse in late August. She played in just four games (two starts) the rest of the way before her season was shut down in late September.
Kelly Gardus has only been on the campus of Ursinus College for a few months. She is preparing for her first winter break and plans to spend time back home in the Lehigh Valley in a couple of weeks.
Despite only being a member of the Bears’ women’s soccer team for a short time, Gardus has been impressive on the pitch. The freshman played in 14 of Ursinus’ 17 games—including two starts—and scored five goals as the Bears finished the fall season at 8-7-1.
During the summer of 2017, Salisbury’s Rylee Donaldson gave her verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at Bucknell University. She was just heading into her junior year of high school at that time. The Falcons’ all-time leading scorer made it official last week.
Donaldson, now a senior, inked her letter of intent at a ceremony last Monday at Salisbury High School to continue her soccer career as a member of the Bison. She’ll join a Bucknell team that went 5-4 in the Patriot League and qualified for the league tournament quarterfinals.
Two Salisbury cross country runners earned a place on this year’s All-Colonial League team.
Junior Shane Artis was named to the All-League First Team after placing fifth at the Colonial League Championship meet and taking third in District 11 Class 2A.
Artis made his second straight trip to the state championship this season.
Junior Michael Sosnowski placed 10th in the Colonial League and was in good position to earn his first trip to states before a fall during the district championship race ended those hopes.
The Colonial League released it’s football all-star team last week.
Salisbury’s Tim Buda was the only Falcon named to this year’s list. The junior running back and defensive back earned honorable mention recognition on both sides of the ball.
On offense, Buda carried the ball 65 times for 374 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also caught 13 passes for 154 yards and three more scores. On defense, Buda made 19 tackles, including 14 solo tackles and four tackles for loss.
Several Salisbury High School graduates have had exceptional athletic seasons at the college level. Here is a look at some of them.
West Chester sophomore Leandra Roelker recently capped the fall portion of her second tennis season as a member of the Golden Rams. She went 5-2 in singles play (1-1 in the PSAC) and picked up three more wins on the doubles circuit. The team will resume play on March 9 at Webber University.
Salisbury junior Shane Artis capped an impressive 2018 season with a workmanlike showing during the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.
On a course battered by a hard rain and fierce winds gusts during the competition, Artis, the only Falcon participant at the Nov. 3 meet, finished 59th out of 228 runners in the Class 2A field. He completed in 18 minutes and four seconds.
Due to some injuries, Salisbury head coach Rick Babyak had to make a few last-minute adjustments prior to last week’s district semifinal game.
It took some time for those changes to smooth out on the field. Palisades capitalized early and then separated itself late.
The No. 2 seed Pirates (18-3-2 overall) scored in the 8th minute and added two more goals to defeat No. 3 Salisbury, 3-0, in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal game last Tuesday at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
Palisades went on to defeat Central Catholic in the championship game two days later.