The Salisbury wrestling team is less than a week away from opening its season when it hosts Northern Lehigh on Tuesday night. The Falcons will have a new look when the 2020 season rolls around, and it begins at the top.
Head coach Eric Snyder rejoins the program for his second stint after three years away from the blue and white. There are also some graduates that must be replaced from last season, but Snyder is hoping to change the culture at Salisbury to something similar to his first stint with the team.
There’s no question that last season was a tough one for the Salisbury girls basketball team. The Lady Falcons won just three games last winter.
With a core group of experience returning in 2020, head coach Dan Reichenbach isn’t shying away from high goals as the Lady Falcons enter year No. 2 under his tutelage.
Salisbury boys basketball head coach Jason Weaver is hoping for a return trip to the postseason after the Falcons failed to qualify in each of the past two seasons. And with a strong returning cast this winter, those odds are looking fairly good.
While two players graduated from last year’s team that went 8-14 overall and 5-12 in the Colonial League, three others return with plenty of varsity experience looking to reverse unfortunate past.
Rylee Donaldson has endured her fair share of injuries over her soccer career. Just a little over a year ago during her final season at Salisbury, Donaldson played with a knee injury that required a procedure to repair her patellar tendon after the season. She also missed half of her sophomore campaign with a broken wrist.
Despite the injury-riddled past, Donaldson had her healthiest season in quite some time in 2019 for Bucknell. And the freshman forward had a successful inaugural collegiate season, playing in every one of the Bison’s 18 games and tallying a goal and an assist.
Several former Salisbury High School athletes are competing on college athletic teams during the winter 2019-20 season. Here’s a look at some of them.
Harvard junior freestyle swimmer Mahlon Reihman returns to the pool this winter for his third collegiate season. Reihman placed third in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races in the Crimson’s season opener against Texas A&M and Duke.
The Salisbury football team hadn’t gotten off to many fast starts this season. The Falcons had been a second-half team for much of the fall campaign.
But on Friday night in their first playoff game in two seasons, the Falcons raced out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Jim Thopre, however, was able to respond.
The Olympians scored 21 unanswered points and never trailed the rest of the way. They held off Salisbury in the fourth quarter for a 41-26 win in the Class 3A Eastern Conference championship game.
The cross country career of Salisbury’s Shane Artis ended with a solid performance at the 2019 PIAA Class 2A Cross Country Championships last Saturday in Hershey.
Artis finished 75th overall out of 227 runners in 17:35.8. His performance this year was a 29-second improvement over his 2018 performance when he finished in 18:04.
“I think I had a decent race overall,” said Artis. “It definitely helps to be here before. It’s much different than going to a normal meet.”
The fall turkey hunting season gets underway this Saturday (Nov. 2) in some parts of the state, some of which have split seasons (consult the Hunting/Trapping Digest for dates). The exceptions are in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 5C and 5D and that’s due to low turkey population numbers.
In some areas, the dates were adjusted because of low numbers due to several cold, wet springs that limited turkey reproduction.
The last time the Salisbury girls’ soccer team found itself in penalty kicks was the 2016 Colonial League tournament semifinals. The Lady Falcons were fortunate enough to edge Saucon Valley, 5-3 in penalty kicks, for the victory.
Over three years later, Salisbury found itself one again in a similar situation. But the results weren’t as favorable.
The last time Salisbury won an Eastern Conference football championship was back in 2006. Current special teams coordinator and offensive/defensive line coach Chris Kretzman was a senior lineman on that Falcons team.
Now, 13 years later, the Falcons are returning to the Eastern Conference stage in hopes of bringing home more hardware to Salisbury High School. Salisbury (6-4) will take on Jim Thorpe (7-3) on the Olympians’ home field Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.