Salisbury Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Artis exceeds his own expectations

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Salisbury sophomore Shane Artis exceeded his expectations even before taking the course during Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey. Earning a trip to the state cross country meet was more than he could have anticipated at the start of the season.

Once he got on that stage, he proved he belonged with some of the top Class 2A runners in the state.

Artis, the only Falcon participant at Saturday’s meet, placed 60th out of 233 participants in the Class 2A field. He finished the race in 17:28.

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 top 10, thereby allowing more runners from further down the results to make states.

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 at Southern Lehigh High School. The Falcons managed just 114 yards of total offense.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Field hockey qualifies for districts

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

To say the Salisbury field hockey team endured a rough past few seasons would be an understatement. The Lady Falcons never won more than three league games in any of the previous five seasons.

Not only did this year’s squad eclipse that mark with an 8-7-1 record in the Colonial League, but Salisbury tied its league win total over the past four years combined. The Lady Falcons also finished just a half game behind Saucon Valley (9-7) for the fourth and final playoff spot.