Why hunt elk out West when you can stay in the Keystone State and bag an 894-pound, 7x6 racked bull elk? That’s what Rodney Hoover of Martinsburg did on Nov. 2 during Pennsylvania’s lottery draw elk hunt.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, more than 73 percent of hunters taking part in the 2015 elk hunt took home a trophy elk. Of that, 85 elk were taken during the regular, one-week elk season that ended Nov. 7. And those licensed to hunt antlered elk - or bulls - had a 95-percent success rate. That’s better than most high-priced elk hunts out West or New Mexico.
Head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons won’t place blame on the gusty winds for their offensive woes during last week’s game at Northwestern. Maybe it had more to do with the Tigers executing their game plan on both sides of the ball. But for a team that likes to throw it as much as any in the Colonial League, the swirling wind didn’t do Salisbury any favors.
Whatever it was, one of the league’s top offensive powerhouses had statistically its worst game of the season on Friday night. And it cost the Falcons mightily.
When Andy Cerco took over as Salisbury head coach, the challenges stared him in the face. The writing was on the wall for everyone to see.
Prior to his first season in 2012, Salisbury endured back-to-back letdown seasons that resulted in a 1-19 combined record in 2010 and 2011. The four seasons before Cerco’s arrival all saw the Falcons finish below .500, including another winless campaign in 2008.
The third annual Scheitrum Classic was held at Emmaus High School recently to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s tournament featured 18 teams – 13 varsity and five junior varsity – playing in games throughout the weekend in both the main gym and auxiliary gym at Emmaus. This year’s tournament raised $1,000 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Through its three years, the Scheitrum Classic has now raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
In case Phantoms fans forgot what minor league hockey is all about, the Flyers gave them a not-so-gentle reminder when they recalled two popular players to provide help for the parent club. Forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere were recalled, delivering a blow to the Phantom lineup.
There were congratulations being offered on the field. Hugs between coaches, players and others soon followed an emotion-filled atmosphere on Friday night at Southern Lehigh High School.
There was also the exchange of the historic Helmet from Southern Lehigh Athletic Director Kate Miller over to the Falcons, a prized possession that hasn’t been back to Salisbury’s confines since 2009.
Salisbury did all it could last week to bottle up Northwestern’s JD Haaf. But the Tigers’ top goal-scorer made the most of few opportunities to lead his to a 2-0 win in the District 11 Class AA boys soccer final.
“We try and deny him the ball but he’s a little more deceptive than he looks,” said Salisbury head coach Mark Allinson. “He’s the complete package.
Zack Stortini was one of the more popular members of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms inaugural team last season, but he wound up signing with the Binghamton Senators during the offseason. Sunday night was his first trip to Allentown as a visiting player and he chose the occasion to put one of the new members of the Phantoms to a test. Just as the opening puck was dropped, Stortini went after AHL rookie Tyrell Goulbourne, who is four-inches and 15-pounds smaller than the AHL veteran.
It proved to be a bad idea.
Even before Salisbury played a game, the writing was on the wall. The Falcons knew wanted to accomplish in 2015.
“We want to get to district finals,” said quarterback Tevon Weber prior to the season.
Whether or not people took that claim seriously in August or not is one thing. But now the Salisbury faithful can do nothing but believe.
When head coach Rick Babyak took over the girls’ soccer program, the current group of seniors was entering its first season on the high school varsity team. That journey officially came to an end last week for Babyak and that group of senior Falcons.