The Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet was held Tuesday-Wednesday, May 9-10 at East Stroudsburg South High School.
The following results include the top four finishers in each as well as all Salisbury athletes.
Wednesday, May 9
The big stage did not seem to affect the play of Emily Silberman. The freshman pitcher, playing in her first high school playoff game, threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on three hits and struck out six, while not walking a batter in seven innings in a 3-2 victory over Northern Lehigh last Friday afternoon in the Colonial League quarterfinals played at Pates Park.
“She’s very confident and plays with a lot of poise,” said head coach Jeff Appleman. “You have to talk her through things considering she’s young, but I think she’s awesome.”
After coming so close last year, John Reichenbach was not going to be denied at this year’s Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet.
The Salisbury junior was edged last year by a fraction of an inch when he took second place in long jump to Pen Argyl’s Logan Sterner.
Last week he made up for last year’s near miss. Reichenbach jumped 22 feet, 8 1/2 inches to earn this year’s gold medal. He beat Notre Dame’s Greg Lauray (21-6) for the gold medal. Sterner finished 12th this year and failed to clear 20 feet.
Chad Cooperman, like his two brothers before him, has a powerful arm and knows how to get batters out when he’s on the mound. That was what was primarily expected of him when he stepped onto campus at Bloomsburg University last fall as a recruit for the Husky baseball team.
But his versatility and team-player attitude has led him to see the field early on in a different position. The 2016 Salisbury High School graduate has made 26 starts so far this season at third base, and has appeared in nine games on the mound, starting four of them.
The Salisbury softball team controlled its own destiny with two games remaining. It wasn’t be an easy road to qualify for the Colonial League tournament as the Falcons had to face the West Division’s top two teams in Northern Lehigh (13-4) and Southern Lehigh (13-4), but their fate was still in their own hands.
Even two losses could have positioned the Lady Falcons in the league tournament as one of the six qualifying teams, likely the sixth and final seed.
The Colonial League released it’s seedings for the May 9-10 league meet.
Below are the top-five in each event.
100 - 1. Diggs, Talitha (SV) 12.00, 2. Badman, Aimee (Wil) 12.20, 3. Bottelier, Lydia (Palis) 12.30, 4. Hollie, Imani (SL) 12.50, 5. Brown, Tyra ((Cat)) 12.60.
200 - 1. Diggs, Talitha (SV) 25.20, 2. Bottelier, Lydia (Palis) 25.90, 3. Schroy, Allison (SL) 26.50, 4. Badman, Aimee (Wil) 26.93, 5. Terry, Juliann (Palis) 27.10.
The Salisbury tennis team participated in Friday’s Colonial League Tournament.
The Falcons’ John Yurconic won the No. 1 singles bracket, while teammate Mason Groff took first place at No. 2 singles. Ethan Heydt took second place at No. 3 singles, while the doubles pairing of Ryan Slutsky and Daniel Bonge finished third.
Yurconic, the top seed in his bracket, went through the No. 1 singles bracket with a pair of 8-0 wins in the first two rounds. He beat Moravian Academy’s Abbhi Sekar 8-2 in the title match.
The season’s fourth installment of the Colonial League track and field top performers was released last week and several Salisbury athletes are among the best in their disciplines.
With two weeks left in the regular season, competitors will try to solidify their seedings for teh May 9-10 league championship meet.
The follwing is a list of the top performances in each event this season along with top Salisbury performance in each event.
Of the set of six softball games at Pates Park on Saturday, the fourth game between Salisbury and Wilson figured to be one of the most competitive at the Colonial League’s Play Day event.
The Lady Falcons must have missed that memo.
Much like the rest of the five games that were decided by at least 10 runs, Salisbury, too, followed suit with the blowout victories. The Lady Falcons (7-3 overall; 6-4 Colonial League) used a nine-run sixth inning to separate themselves from Wilson (6-4) and defeat the Warriors in six innings, 15-1.
The Falcons competed in Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Salisbury’s Jack Reichenbach earned a pair of gold medals with first-place finished in the long jump and high jump.
In long jump, Reichenbach sailed 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches to beat Keiden Marajeen (22-2.5) of East Stroudsburg North. In high jump, Reichenbach cleared 6 feet, 7 inched to take first over Lehighton’s Shane Blasiak (6-2). Falcon teammate Robert Kulp was fourth in high jump at 6-0. Kulp finished 14th in long jump (19-2).