Salisbury Press

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Salisbury field hockey falls to Bangor in district playoff

Friday, November 10, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Salisbury field hockey team pulled off an upset over Bangor during the regular season. The Falcons got an opportunity to do it again in the postseason against the No. 2 seed Slaters.

Bangor, however, was able to gain a bit of revenge with the stakes a bit higher in the district tournament. The Slaters downed No. 3 Salisbury 4-1 in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Nazareth High School.

It was the second straight season that Salisbury had qualified...

Falcons focus on unbeaten Indians

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Whether it finished as the No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the District 11 Class 3A rankings, the opponent that awaited Salisbury in the playoffs was going to be a very strong team.

The bright spot for Salisbury, however, is the fact that it has qualified for the district playoffs. It’s what head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons hope is a turning point in the right direction toward becoming a regular visitor to postseason football in future years.

Kickoff for Saturday’s district...

Southern Lehigh rolls to win over Falcons in season finale

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The chips were stacked against Salisbury even before Friday’s kickoff against Southern Lehigh in the regular season finale. The Falcons were without a number of their play makers due to injury and other factors.

The path to victory got even more difficult when junior quarterback Jacob Kamp went down with an injury early in the second quarter.

Southern Lehigh scored on its first four drives and never looked back, putting an on offensive clinic in its 51-7 victory over Salisbury...

Girls fall in D-11 soccer semifinal

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

A spot in the District 11 Class 2A girls’ soccer championship game was once again on the line for Salisbury. A year after its best season in program history, the Falcons had the opportunity to avenge last year’s district championship loss and earn a second straight PIAA playoff appearance.

Palisades wasn’t on board with that script.

The No. 2 seeded Pirates (16-3) broke free from a tie game in the second half to down the No. 3 seeded Falcons, 3-2, last Thursday at Nazareth High...

Artis earns his place in Hershey

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Heading into the District 11 Class 2A Cross Country Championship race, neither Salisbury’s Shane Artis or any of his competitors knew exactly what place they needed to finish to secure a place in this weekend’s state meet.

The top 10 runners who are not part of state-qualifying teams make it Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A Championships in Hershey. But until the race is over no one knows how many runners from the top two teams, which earn automatic berths to states, will finish within the...

Bombers hang on to beat Salisbury

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

A 21-0 deficit isn’t what Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco had in mind when his team hosted Palmerton on Friday night. Many teams would have rolled over facing such a large early deficit, but his Falcons quickly righted the ship.

Those 21 points, however, proved to be just a little too much to overcome. Salisbury (4-5) rallied to tie the game at 42-42 in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Bombers (6-3) closed the game with two touchdowns to secure the 56-42 win on Friday night.

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Young Falcons miss soccer postseason

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Salisbury boys soccer team is one that can usually be penciled into the district playoff bracket before the season even begins.

The District 11 web site doesn’t even go back far enough to find a year when the Falcons weren’t in the postseason tournament.

Even the best programs suffer a down year once in a while, and this year was it for Salisbury. The Falcons missed out on districts for the first time since 2000 when they finished 7-10-2 overall and 5-8-2 in the league....

Rivals square off in season finale

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Southern Lehigh may be atop the Colonial League West Division, and Salisbury has hopes of making it to the .500 mark as the regular season nears a close.

But records will be thrown out the window when the two rivals square off on Friday night in a battle of school districts linked by Route 309.

The Spartans (8-1) look to keep the momentum of a five-game win streak going when they host the Falcons (4-5) at 7 p.m.

“For people in the community and everything, it’s a rivalry...

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.

Easton-Emmaus

The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...

Tiebreaker pushes SHS girls out of CL playoffs

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The fate of the Salisbury girls’ soccer team, at least regarding its Colonial League playoff hopes, rested on the final game of the regular season. A win against rival Southern Lehigh on senior night could have punched the Lady Falcons’ ticket to the league tournament.

A loss, however, would be heartbreaking as Southern Lehigh would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Lady Falcons felt just how heartbreaking it was to be so close to one of its...