All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending to plenty senior players’ careers.
Making his third straight appearance at the state championship meet, Tyler Keller wanted to put in his best state-meet performance in his final trip the meet.
He accomplished his goal, finishing in second place Saturday at Bucnkell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
A number of familiar faces that local track and field fans saw in Salisbury uniforms over the past four years won’t be back in 2017. It will be a new-look group leading the Falcons this year, while some familiar faces are back.
State-runner up in triple jump event and 13-time district medalist Lindsay Bauer is the most recognizable face that will me missing this spring. She has move to Rider College. But the Falcons also graduated a number of others, including Colonial League javelin champion Tevon Weber.
Salisbury’s biggest issue was clear as day last season. There was no running from the Falcons’ struggle to score runs.
In the Colonial League where Salisbury finished 8-9 and was on the outskirts of the league tournament, the Falcons scored three runs or less eight times. That trend haunted them in the district tournament as they scored just four runs in two games.
Monday, March 27
The Falcons beat the Warriors 5-0 to improve to 3-0 in Colonial League play and 3-1 overall this season.
John Yurconic, Mason Groff and Ethan Heydt won singles matches against Wilson, while the doubles team of Ryan Slutsky and Daniel Bonge, along with Aaron Kahn and AJ Oliver, picked up wins.
Salisbury 5, Wilson 0
John Yurconic (S) def. Michael Glovas (W) 8-0; Mason Groff (S) def. John Boerchers 8-0; Ethan Heydt (S) def. Anthony DeArmas 8-1.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
Two Salisbury swimmers were crowned state swimming champions last week at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. One was almost expected. The other was a bit of a surprise.
Both Mahlon Reihman and Daniel Bonge rode back to the Lehigh Valley with gold medals around their necks and helped their team to third place with one event left in this year’s PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
One step forward, one step backward. That seems to be the motto of the Salisbury softball team as of late.
After qualifying for the district tournament in 2014, Salisbury failed to return to that stage a year later and finished 7-10 in the Colonial League. Last year was a bounce-back season for the Lady Falcons, who made both postseason tournaments and earned 14 wins.
The Salisbury tennis team had plenty of individual success last season. This season, however, it is hoping to add some team hardware to go along with those personal feats.
Salisbury’s duo of seniors John Yurconic and Mason Groff captured state gold in the doubles circuit last year after both had lengthy runs in the District 11 Class 2A singles tournament. But the team finished just 7-9 overall and failed to qualify for both league and district team duals.
Three Salisbury boys basketball players were selected to this year’s All Colonial League basketball team. Senior Jaxon Costello was named to the First Team, junior Jack Reichenbach was a Second Team honoree and senior Ryan Slutsky was awarded an honorable mention selection.
2016-17 Colonial League Boys’ Basketball All-League Team
Dylan Benton (Sr., Bangor), Reece Jones (Sr., Bangor), Isaiah Graves (Jr., Catasauqua), Jaxon Costello (Sr., Salisbury), Josh Snead (Sr., Saucon Valley)