Juan Garcia’s first season as the Salisbury wrestling head coach wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. But with a very limited number of wrestlers, it’s hard to compete with the opponents on your schedule.
The result in 2017 was a winless record for the Falcons. Despite once again having a low turnout, Garcia is hoping this group takes a step forward.
“Although we have low numbers, the wrestlers are starting to work together as a family,” Garcia said. “They are starting to buy into the program.
Teddy Denver’s high school football career ended in one of the worst ways possible. A broken leg in Salisbury’s season finale left his football career in doubt.
But Denver wasn’t ready to give up his passion on the gridiron. The former Falcon, who committed to play football at Lebanon Valley College, finally cracked the field during his junior season with the Dutchmen.
It started as just a friendly game of pickup football. Little did one Salisbury resident know he would start a tradition that would last for over half a century.
Nick Ampietro and his friends began playing football as young kids decades ago in Fountain Hill. The tradition carried on from one field to the next, all the way to Laubach Park in Salisbury Township years ago where the game is still every Thanksgiving.
Salisbury High School senior Jack Reichenbach has followed in the footsteps of family members before him.
Older brothers Dan and Brendan had successful high school athletic careers at Salisbury, with Dan competing in basketball and track and field and Brendan basketball and golf. Jack was always around for their games and events, and over the past two years made his own mark as a Falcon athlete.
Last Thursday afternoon at the Salisbury High School library, Jack signed his letter of intent to the University of Rhode Island for track and field.
Kyle Gonoude wasn’t at 100 percent when the DeSales men’s cross country team competed in the NCAA Division II Mideast Regional Championships, yet he still played a key role in the Bulldogs’ strong finish to 2017.
Gonoude has been a steady piece to DeSales’ success this past fall season. He’s been a consistent top-five scorer for a Bulldogs team that cracked the top five at the MAC Championships in late October.
After a historic career at Salisbury High School in which he set numerous records and collected many accolades, it’s no secret the effect he’s had at DeSales.
It’s late in a high school basketball game and the score is close. Time is running out, so the coach of the team trailing on the scoreboard instructs his players to start fouling in an effort to stop the clock and hope that the opposing team misses their foul shots. The strategy turns the final minute of a game into a 10-minute affair.
The Salisbury field hockey team pulled off an upset over Bangor during the regular season. The Falcons got an opportunity to do it again in the postseason against the No. 2 seed Slaters.
Bangor, however, was able to gain a bit of revenge with the stakes a bit higher in the district tournament. The Slaters downed No. 3 Salisbury 4-1 in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Nazareth High School.
It was the second straight season that Salisbury had qualified for the district tournament.
It probably would have taken the Falcons best effort and maybe some help from Lehighton last Saturday for Salisbury to advance in the District 11 Class 3A football playoffs.
While the Falcons gave their best effort, the Indians didn’t give them much help, especially in the second half. Salisbury put a scare in unbeaten Lehighton when it took an early lead and held a 10-8 halftime edge. But the hosts responded with 30 unanswered second-half points for a 38-10 win. Lehighton (11-0) advances to host No. 3 seed Jim Thorpe (10-1) next Saturday in a semifinal.
Salisbury sophomore Shane Artis exceeded his expectations even before taking the course during Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey. Earning a trip to the state cross country meet was more than he could have anticipated at the start of the season.
Once he got on that stage, he proved he belonged with some of the top Class 2A runners in the state.
Artis, the only Falcon participant at Saturday’s meet, placed 60th out of 233 participants in the Class 2A field. He finished the race in 17:28.
Heading into the District 11 Class 2A Cross Country Championship race, neither Salisbury’s Shane Artis or any of his competitors knew exactly what place they needed to finish to secure a place in this weekend’s state meet.
The top 10 runners who are not part of state-qualifying teams make it Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A Championships in Hershey. But until the race is over no one knows how many runners from the top two teams, which earn automatic berths to states, will finish within the top 10, thereby allowing more runners from further down the results to make states.