Salisbury Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Emmaus’ Reid, Easton’s Hall earn top honors

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by KATIE McDONALD in Sports

Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.

“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”

Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor...

Swimmers look forward to district meet

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Salisbury swim team has two regular season meets remaining on its schedule before the postseason gets underway. The District 11 Class 2A Swimming Championships are scheduled for March 1-2 at Parkland High School.

But for now, the Falcons are perfecting their strokes in hopes of making lengthy and rewarding postseason meets. As a team the records might not jump off the page—the boys are 0-8, while the girls are currently 2-6—but plenty of individuals have the opportunity to find...

Boys fall to Bombers

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Salisbury boys’ basketball team has pushed the Colonial League’s top team and another likely playoff squad late in games over the past two weeks. But much like Moravian Academy coming through at the end a week-and-a-half ago, Palmerton was able to separate itself in the final moments as well.

After erasing a 12-point lead early in the third quarter, the Falcons clawed back within one point with 3:10 to play, putting the Blue Bombers’ league playoff hopes in jeopardy. But Palmerton...

Koutch hits game-winner as time expires

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Head coach Dan Reichenbach had sophomore Melena Koutch, a regular starter, come off the bench last week against Saucon Valley after she missed school the day before when she was feeling under the weather.

But Koutch was on the court in the final seconds in a tie game. She came up with the biggest bucket when it mattered most.

Madison Bettuccio tipped Saucon Valley’s inbound pass with just seconds to play, and then it was two sophomores doing the rest. Sierra Rauch found Koutch...

Bonge excels at D-1 Rider

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Daniel Bonge is just two years removed from his final swimming season at Salisbury, one that included eight postseason medals, including gold in the 100-yard butterfly at states.

Now the former Falcon is making a name for himself at the Division I collegiate level.

Bonge’s second season at Rider University is picking up where his first one left off. The 2017 graduate of Salisbury recently set several personal bests, including a school record of 1:47.86 in the 100-yard butterfly...

District team wrestling brackets released

Monday, January 28, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.

Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.

For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.

For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.

Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI...

CL-SL embark on football co-op

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.

But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.

Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and...

Salisbury boys take unbeaten Lions to OT

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

It was there for the taking. And, if you ask most people who witnessed the end of the game, Salisbury probably should have defeated Moravian Academy and ended the Lions’ perfect season in the process.

Instead, a rebound and put back by Moravian in the final seconds of overtime hurt the chance of handing the Lions their first loss.

Moravian’s Jordan Holmqvist missed a go-ahead baseline floater in the final seconds of the extra period, but teammate Peter Chiaradia was there for...

Football leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.

The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.

“It’s not a...

Boys fall to So. Lehigh

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The scoreboard read 30-30 very early in the third quarter. Southern Lehigh, however, scored seven of the next nine points. The lead was just five for the Spartans, but it felt like much more for Salisbury.

That’s kind of how things have felt for much of the season for the Falcons. And that deficit only grew larger.

Southern Lehigh led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and Salisbury never threatened the host Spartans the rest of the way. Seven turnovers in that frame...