Shane Artis wants to end his high school cross country career on a memorable note.
The fact is he’s already had many memorable notes in a memorable career at Salisbury High School. He produced another great memory during the District 11 Class 2A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University, as he finished fourth in 17:09.
The finish qualified him for the PIAA Cross Country Championships, his third straight appearance in Hershey.
Following the race, Artis said he was “pleased with how I ran” and said the DeSales course was challenging.
Salisbury walked into Southern Lehigh for its regular season finale and dominated time of possession in the first quarter. The Falcons, however, didn’t have any points to show for it.
And once Southern Lehigh’s offense got into a rhythm in the second quarter, it never looked back. It was highlighted by its star running back Asher Smith.
After qualifying for the District 11 tournament in each of the past two seasons, the Salisbury field hockey team found itself on the outside looking in at the Class 2A tournament this past fall.
The Falcons (5-13 overall; 4-12 in Colonial League) did win two of their final three games to close out the fall season.
After a shutout 4-0 win over Catasauqua on October 3, Salisbury closed the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Pen Argyl six days later.
When Salisbury and Northwestern met early in the regular season, the two teams battled with the Tigers coming away with a 2-1 win. At that time, both coaches talked about the game – even though it came very early in the season – having a playoff atmosphere and both predicted the two teams would meet again in a true playoff situation.
The predictions came true last week when Salisbury and Northwestern met in the Colonial League semifinals. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the outcome was exactly the same, with Northwestern advancing to the league championship with a 2-1 win.
The Salisbury football team has come up with many impressive offensive drives through the first nine weeks of the regular season. But its most notable may have come last Friday night.
Holding a one-touchdown lead over Palmerton midway through the fourth quarter, Salisbury used a 13-play drive that drained nearly the entire game clock and lifted the Falcons (6-3) to a 28-14 win on Senior Night. It was the team’s second straight win.
With only one more week left in the high school football regular season, Salisbury (6-3) won’t have to travel far for its final game of October. And the Falcons are very familiar with their Week 10 opponent.
Salisbury travels to rival Southern Lehigh (8-1) on Friday night for a matchup of teams separated by a few miles on Route 309.
The Spartans are one of two teams in the Colonial League with only one loss, and have already qualified for the District 11 tournament.
With a strong core of the 2018 team back this past fall for the Salisbury boys soccer team, head coach Mark Allinson had high hopes for the Falcons. But unfortunately, a large number of injuries derailed the team from achieving those goals.
At one point midway through the season, Salisbury was without eight regular starters. The result was a 2-15-1 record for a Falcon team that struggled to generate enough scoring opportunities on offense.
Unlike last season, Salisbury has been fortunate enough to avoid a bunch of injuries to key players. The starting offensive line the past few games has not only stayed free of injury, but it’s been a key piece to the Falcons’ success.
That unit was instrumental on Friday night in helping Salisbury rebound from its worse loss of the season. The Falcons ran for 198 yards and dominated in the trenches en route to a 46-14 win over Bangor last week at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park Stadium.
Salisbury’s girls tennis team competed in the District 11 Class 2A team tournament last week.
The Lady Falcons earned the No. 6 seed overall and faced No. 3 Central Catholic in the first round last Tuesday.
The Vikettes took the match 4-1. Salisbury ends the season with an 8-7 overall record, including the district playoff match.
Several Salisbury doubles team competed in Monday’s District 11 doubles tournament.
The scoreboard may have looked nearly identical to its regular season win over Saucon Valley, but Salisbury’s victory over the Panthers in the Colonial League girls soccer semifinals was anything but similar to that late-September win.
Kerry Seiler scored Salisbury’s first goal, and Quinn Wittman added the final two in a 3-0 victory for the No. 4 seeded Lady Falcons on Saturday at Northern Lehigh High School.
Salisbury scored three goals in the regular season meeting as it defeated Saucon Valley back on September 28, 3-1.