Salisbury Press

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Six-game streak puts LV in the playoffs

Monday, September 11, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Girls tennis team replaces graduates

Monday, September 11, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.”

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Friday, September 8, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.

Bethlehem Catholic-Emmaus

The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.

Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Saturday, September 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.

Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.

In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.

Emmaus-Whitehall

The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.

Falcons travel to New Tripoli in Week 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Head coach Andy Cerco doesn’t want his football team to get caught up in the score from last week’s game when it beat Catasauqua by 18 points. He doesn’t want them to look at scores from around the league either, in particular a four-touchdown defeat Northwestern suffered against Palmerton in Week 1.

Salisbury is well aware of the type of team that Northwestern is, and its rich tradition of successful football. With the slate cleaned from last Friday night, Cerco and his team will head to New Tripoli this week with a clear head.

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.

Buda, Glenn lead run game

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Timmy Buda and Alex Glenn didn’t have many opportunities out of the backfield last year. When the duo got its chance in Friday’s season opener, it didn’t waste any time.

Buda and Glenn combined for 305 yards on the ground and five of Salisbury’s six touchdowns in a 47-29 victory over Catasauqua. The Falcons led 33-6 in the third quarter before the Rough Riders threatened late, but a 75-yard touchdown from Glenn sealed the victory.

“It feels great,” Buda said. “We’ve been working so hard and the boys have been busting their butts in the weight room and on the practice field.”

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.