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.
Southern Lehigh’s offense came into Salisbury on fire last week. The Spartans, which entered the regular season finale with five consecutive 40-plus point games, eclipsed the 50-point mark in each of their prior two contests.
The Spartans did that once again on Friday night.
Quarterback Logan Edmond accounted for five total touchdowns, and Southern Lehigh (7-3) erupted for a 50-0 victory over the Falcons at Salisbury High School.
The chemistry between seniors Rylee Donaldson and Erica Holben is easy to spot on the soccer field. It’s won Salisbury plenty of games over their four-year careers.
Last Thursday night, the pair helped the Falcons pull out their biggest victory this season.
Donaldson set up Holben for the game’s only goal that sent No. 3 Salisbury into the District 11 Class 2A semifinals with a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Tamaqua last week. The win sets up a semifinal matchup with No. 2 Palisades on Tuesday. Semifinal results were not available at time of press.
Salisbury field hockey head coach Jane Brennan knew last week’s district playoff game against Southern Lehigh could go either way.
The teams split their two regular season contests against Southern Lehigh. The latest meeting in the regular season finale saw Salisbury pull away with a 4-3 victory. But the Falcons knew the third meeting would be tough, especially after the Spartans advanced to the Colonial League championship game against Bangor.
The District 11 Cross Country Championship brings out the best in many runners. That was the case for Salisbury’s Shane Artis.
The Falcon junior finished third overall in the Class 2A boys competition with a time of 16:54 during the Oct. 24 meet held at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. Following the race, Artis conveyed his strategy.
After qualifying for the district tournament in two of the past three seasons, there won’t be another postseason trip for the Salisbury football team in 2018. R
egardless of what happens on Friday night in the Falcons’ season finale against Southern Lehigh, a berth in the competitive Class 3A playoffs has been out of reach for weeks.
Shane Artis and Michael Sosnowski have been working hard in the offseason. They’ve put in 35-40 miles, including some tough hill work on South Mountain, in an effort to be among the top runners in the Colonial League and District 11.
They achieved part of their goal last week when the Salisbury juniors both finished in the top 10 and earned medals at the Colonial League Championships, held annually at DeSales University.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
After clinging to a two-point lead at halftime, Palmerton dominated the second half against Salisbury en route to a 35-14 Colonial League victory last Friday night in Palmerton.
It was a tale of two halves for the Falcons, who opened up the game with a 13-play, 55-yard scoring drive. But the Bombers answered right back with a four-play drive. On Palmerton’s first offensive play of the contest, Tanner Burnett took a 37-yard handoff. Stasko eventually capped the drive with a 16-yard scamper.
Salisbury and Southern Lehigh both finished the Colonial League portion of their schedules 8-2-2 and tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the league tournament.
But only one of those teams could earn the No. 4 seed and a date with top-seeded and unbeaten Saucon Valley when the tournament opened on Tuesday. Due to a tiebreaker, the Falcons ended up on the outside looking in.