Surrounded by many of his teammates from the Salisbury High School football team, Kyle Killiri officially announced his choice to attend Slippery Rock University where he will continue his football career.
Killiri spent the past four seasons playing football at Salisbury and was a varsity letter recipient in three of those four seasons. He also was a part of the track and field team and joined the wrestling team for his senior season.
When Devon Alder dropped his last consolation match Saturday at the District 11 wrestling championships, he knew his chances to go states had vanished. The Falcon senior knew he had to regroup if he wanted to end his career with a victory.
He did just that, beating Pen Argyl’s Lorenzo Reto in the fifth-place match and earning Alder his first district medal.
“I wanted to end this on a win and that’s exactly what I needed - to close all of it out with a win,” said Alder. “I couldn’t ask for anything better at this point. I had a great season and it was a great time.
Shane Artis likes to be challenged. An injury limited how much he could train for track and cross country early in his high school career, so he took on swimming as a way of getting the added work that he needed.
As it turned out, Artis became pretty good at the sport and has done well in the pool and in his track and cross country endeavors. In announcing his decision to attend The Citadel after high school to participate in track and field and cross country, Artis explained that his choice was made in part because he was looking to be challenged.
With only five wrestlers, sometimes less, taking the mat on a nightly basis, the Salisbury wrestling team was all but counted out on the team scoreboard this season. It resulted in a winless Colonial League record.
But head coach Eric Snyder always insisted that those Falcon grapplers are talented and capable on an individual basis. Now it’s the time for those individuals to showcase their talent.
The District 11 Class 2A tournament starts at Freedom High School on Friday and finishes with championship finals Saturday evening at Liberty High School.
Salisbury head coach Jason Weaver was pretty confident for the past two weeks that he knew who the Falcons’ district opponent would be. And recently it became official when the District 11 Class 4A field was set.
The No. 5 seeded Falcons will travel to Northern Lehigh on Friday night to take on No. 4 seed Wilson, a team Salisbury is certainly familiar with. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m. as the second game of a doubleheader.
The Colonial League boys’ basketball championship is set for Friday night at Freedom High School, culminating the six-team tournament that began last Saturday.
Unfortunately for Salisbury (9-8), the Falcons were the top team left out of the league playoffs. A win against Southern Lehigh in its regular season finale would have given Salisbury the sixth and final seed, but a tough four-point loss left the Falcons on the outside looking in.
Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
Basketball playoffs continued in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference Tuesday evening.
In the Colonial League were boys semifinals, while the EPC held girls semifinals.
Top-seeded Southern Lehigh beat No. 4 Notre Dame (Green Pond) 82-60. Friday night’s final will pit the Spartans against No. 6 Bangor, a 54-41 winner over No. 2 Moravian Academy Tuesday.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League held quarterfinal basketball playoff games over the weekend.
Both leagues have semifinals and finals set for this week.
In EPC boys action, top-seeded Allen beat Bethlehem Catholic 67-58 on Friday and will take on Parkland in the semifinals. The No. 5 seed Trojans topped No. 6 East Stroudsburg South, 57-52, on Saturday afternoon.
The other half of the boys bracket has No. 2 seed Liberty squaring off against No. 3 Central Catholic. The Hurricanes beat Freedom in the first round, while the Vikings beat Easton Friday.