Salisbury Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Falcons travel to New Tripoli in Week 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Head coach Andy Cerco doesn’t want his football team to get caught up in the score from last week’s game when it beat Catasauqua by 18 points. He doesn’t want them to look at scores from around the league either, in particular a four-touchdown defeat Northwestern suffered against Palmerton in Week 1.

Salisbury is well aware of the type of team that Northwestern is, and its rich tradition of successful football. With the slate cleaned from last Friday night, Cerco and his team will head to New Tripoli this week with a clear head.

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.

Buda, Glenn lead run game

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Timmy Buda and Alex Glenn didn’t have many opportunities out of the backfield last year. When the duo got its chance in Friday’s season opener, it didn’t waste any time.

Buda and Glenn combined for 305 yards on the ground and five of Salisbury’s six touchdowns in a 47-29 victory over Catasauqua. The Falcons led 33-6 in the third quarter before the Rough Riders threatened late, but a 75-yard touchdown from Glenn sealed the victory.

“It feels great,” Buda said. “We’ve been working so hard and the boys have been busting their butts in the weight room and on the practice field.”

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.

Stickball tournament is a success

Friday, August 11, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Salisbury sought its fourth consecutive championship in the annual Fountain Hill Stickball Classic this past weekend. The Falcons came up short on that coveted four-peat, but the 9th Annual Stickball Classic was once again a success.

MFS defeated Hillers in the championship game, 7-4, but the most important part of the tournament went beyond the Fountain Hill Park and Holy Child Parking Lot macadam.

Salisbury girls complete successful summer season

Friday, August 4, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Salisbury’s historic girls soccer season last fall began with a successful summer in 2016 when the Lady Falcons won the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League. Fast-forward a year and the Lady Falcons found themselves in that very same title game.

And while Salisbury came up a goal short of repeating as champions, the future looks just as bright as a year ago.

Falcons make playoffs at Cedar Beach

Friday, August 4, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

When Salisbury faced Lincoln Leadership in the regular season, the Falcons fell into an early double-digit deficit. They were able to climb out of that hole before coming up a couple points shy.

The two teams faced off once again in the summer league playoffs last week and the game had a start that looked eerily similar. Salisbury however, couldn’t climb out this time as No. 6 seed Lincoln Leadership downed the third-seeded Falcons, 47-25, last Wednesday at Cedar Beach. Justin Ayala scored a game-high 18 points for Lincoln Leadership in the victory.

Meikrantz makes the most of her senior season in both sports

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Even at a young age, people could tell Caylin Meikrantz was destined for special things on the soccer field. It wasn’t only her parents, relatives and friends who noticed it first.

“I would watch my brother play on his travel team, so I would always be like, ‘When is it my turn,’” Meikrantz said. “I just remember I would play a year up when I was young. It’s funny because one time this woman said to my mom, ‘Your daughter is going to be a Division I player.’ My mom and dad didn’t know much about soccer. They just let me play.”

Keller excelled in four different sports

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Tyler Keller almost left one of the biggest decisions he ever had to make up to chance.

“It was the night before [and] I had to make my decision the next day,” Keller said of his college choice. “I had no idea what to do. I was torn between both of them because they both had the same pros and cons and same cost. It wasn’t my brightest move, but I flipped a coin—heads was George Washington and tails was Lehigh. And it landed on George Washington.”

But that’s not how Keller does business.