When Salisbury and Notre Dame (Green Pond) met in a mid-season matchup last season, no one gave the Falcons any chance against the heavily favored Crusaders. But head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons were optimistic.
While Salisbury eventually did come up short of pulling off the upset, it showed that the Falcons were capable of winning on any given night. Many of this season’s players were part of that team and are eager for another shot at the Crusaders as the Falcons (2-2) travel to Green Pond on Friday night.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Head coach Andy Cero and Salisbury’s coaching staff prepared for a particular defensive front for Friday’s home opener against Wilson. So when they saw a different scheme, the Falcons were a bit confused to open the game.
After tying the game at 7-7, Salisbury could not get anything going offensively. Wilson (2-1) scored the next 21 points to hand the Falcons (2-1) a 28-7 loss, their first defeat of the season.
In recent years, the Salisbury field hockey team has struggled finding the back of the net.
But under first-year head coach Jane Brennan, Salisbury is finding more opportunities offensively. And it has resulted to a quicker start to the season than in recent years.
Salisbury is currently 1-3 in the early going of the fall season, but improvement has already been seen.
“The team is learning to work together as a unit and to trust each other,” Brennan said. “They are playing clean, strong hockey. Their positive attitude, drive and desire are commendable.
During last week’s loss to Wilson, Salisbury struggled to get off blocks from the Warriors offensive line. The end result was a near 100-yard rushing day for Job Goodman, and over 240 total yards from the junior running back.
With another team that features a strong running game set to visit Salisbury High School on Friday night, that was the focal point during film session early in the week. Head coach Andy Cerco hopes it translates onto the field Friday night as the Falcons (2-1) host Bangor (1-2) at 7 p.m.
In the middle of two dominant races from two non-local runners at the 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational over the weekend, a number of Salisbury runners took their shot at the difficult course in Center Valley.
While none may have been able to stage a finish such as Marian Catholic’s Tina Capparell or Owen J. Roberts’ Liam Conway, a number of Falcons had respectable finishes on Saturday afternoon. It was a pleasant change of pace after a seven-team Colonial League meet last Wednesday to open the regular season.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters sent a large contingent of anglers to the recent four-state quad competition in Elk Neck State Park in Maryland.
The event features 48 two-man teams of anglers with over 35 of them from Pennsylvania, which traditionally features some of the most succefull fishermen in the field at this annual event, which also includes Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware anglers.
Several members of the Lehigh Junior Bassmasters had success at the annual event, which was held in early July.
In the season opener, the Salisbury football team put up 47 points against Catasauqua. Week two saw the Falcon offense become much more subdued, but the defense stepped up to halt Northwestern and the Falcons left New Tripoli with a 7-3 win and a 2-0 record to start the season.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.
The IronPigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games remaining, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season.
While most people might have expected a bit of a struggle for the Salisbury girls’ tennis team as it graduated its top two singles players, Falcon head coach Rob Benson wasn’t one of them.
Despite graduating Leandra Roelker and Claudia Crouthamel, Benson knew he still had plenty of talent throughout his lineup. And now he’s seeing the results of that talent in its new positions.
“I think we are surprising some people,” Benson said. “Everyone is playing well. They are giving me more than 150 percent effort.”