For much of his high school career, John Yurconic spent his time on the tennis court at No. 1 singles. He was routinely matched up against opposing teams’ best players.
Yurconic, now a freshman at Lafayette, has found his way back to that No. 1 singles position. But he’s also been occupying consistent court time at No. 2 doubles this spring, a change that he’s still getting accustomed to.
Even before the season, Salisbury head coach Mike Pochron was aware that solid defensive play would be key to the Falcons’ success. Thus far it’s been an up-and-down spring in that regard.
During Saturday’s game against Saucon Valley, Salisbury felt the effect of being on the wrong side of that pendulum. Four errors played a big part in helping the Panthers (9-3 in Colonial League) take an early lead and hold off the Falcons for a 6-4 win at Saucon Valley High School.
Like most of the top athletes at last Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet, Salisbury’s Erica Holben used the event as a gauge of how things stand with just over two weeks left before the postseason begins.
The Falcon junior entered the meet as the top seed in high jump at 5 feet, 3 inches and finished second last week at J. Birney Crum Stadium with a height of 5-1.
After three innings Monday the Salisbury baseball team seemed to be in complete control, leading Palmerton by six runs with the Blue Bombers struggling to find hits off starter Taylor Linn.
But the Bombers started chipping away, taking advantage of every Falcon miscue and scoring a run in each of the next two innings before adding two in the sixth to get within two runs.
They used three hits and an error to get three more runs in the top of the seventh before walking away with a come-from-behind 8-7 win.
The Colonial League Boys Tennis Championships were held last Friday at Saucon Valley High School, and a number of Salisbury players had impressive outings.
The duo of Tyler Sechler-Stone and Dylan Weber at No. 2 doubles had the best showing of the day. After a win over Bangor’s Grant Kaye and Dan Rubel (8-5) in the first round, the No. 3 seeded Salisbury duo downed Wilson’s Matt Glovas and Jon Fischer, the No. 7 seed, 8-5. The Falcons’ run came to an end in the championship match against Moravian Academy’s Matt Barnes and Jules Bemporad, 8-1.
The Salisbury softball team knows that every game it plays against Northwestern in New Tripoli is going to be a challenge. And last Thursday was no different.
With a tie game in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored five runs in the top-half of the inning and then held on to take down the Tigers 8-3 in a Colonial League softball game at Northwestern High School.
Head coach Rob Benson entered this season knowing it was a bit of a rebuilding year for the Salisbury boys’ tennis team. After graduating all three of his singles players and his top doubles team, not much experience returned this spring.
So, Benson isn’t as focused on wins as losses this year as much as he is with how his young players progress. And for the most part, the Falcons have improved greatly since stepping on the court for the first time in March.
Chad Cooperman was a versatile player during his career at Salisbury High School. Not only did the current Bloomsburg University sophomore pitch well, he was arguably the Falcons’ top infielder.
While most players at the college levels don’t play both ways, Cooperman wasn’t ready to give up either position when he stepped onto Bloomsburg’s campus. He set out to define himself as the rare two-way baseball player.
He has not only done it, but has been highly successful nonetheless.
The only blemish on the Salisbury baseball team’s record so far early on in the young season is a 1-0 defeat to Notre Dame (Green Pond) last week. In all three games, the common theme for the Falcons has been solid defense and shutdown pitching.
Both were on display against Moravian Academy over the weekend. Senior Taylor Linn and freshman Quinn Warmkessel pitched a five-inning 15-5 win for the Falcons, with the starter Linn picking up the victory.
A bit of a rivalry is brewing between the Salisbury and Northern Lehigh softball teams.
Dating back to the 2017 season, the teams have met five times. Northern Lehigh holds the edge with three wins compared to Salisbury’s two. Both have won on the biggest stages. Salisbury earned a 3-2 upset win in the Colonial League playoffs last year; Northern Lehigh grabbed a 6-5 victory in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.