Justin Aungst's coaches saw something in him as a freshman on both the baseball field and basketball court that made him something special.
As a ninth grader, head coach Mike Pochron gave Aungst the start in the Falcons' District 11 Class AA championship game, a 5-2 victory over Pen Argyl. He also appeared in the team's PIAA championship game two weeks later.
An East Side Youth Center Elite Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team recently won a Sixth-Grade national tournament title.
The team was made up of players from several different parts of the Lehigh Valley as well as Pottsville and Pottstown. Its tournament season began back in March.
On Saturday, July 12, the team won the 2014 Sixth Grade Division III East Coast National Championship, which was played from July 9-12 at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton, Virginia. There were 48 teams competing for the Division III East Coast national championship.
When all was said and done, and the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL) officially came to an end last week, CSG Falcons Blue finished the season as runner-up in the girls playoffs.
Prior to coming up two goals short against Blue Crew (Warren Hills) in Friday's championship game, the Lady Falcons earned three postseason victories along the way in advancing to the final game of the season.
And while the Lady Falcons were a game short of their ultimate goal, head coach Rick Babyak has been pleased with both teams play all season.
Despite being in a bracket with the team that ended its season last winter, as well as a squad from New Jersey and a Constitution team that advanced to last year's title game, the Salisbury boys' basketball team stood above the rest in the SportsFest "A-Town Throwdown" Basketball Tournament at Cedar Beach.
The Falcons won all three of their games in pool play to earn a spot in the round of 16 that began on Sunday morning.
It seems as if every time Northwestern and Salisbury step on the same soccer field, a close game is surely to follow.
During the fall season, the Tigers came out victorious in a 1-0 decision over the Falcons in mid-September. When the District 11 Class AA playoffs got under way, the Falcons got a bit of revenge with their 3-2 victory in the semifinals.
Judging by the way the Salisbury boys' basketball team made its way through last week's Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase, you wouldn't think it had graduated all five starters from last year's team.
But while replacing senior starters at every position is certainly a heavy task for head coach Jason Weaver, the Falcons' run in Stellar raised a few eyebrows in the crowd.
Even without its top player, the Salisbury girls' basketball team put together an impressive run in last week's Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase at Cedar Beach.
The Lady Falcons, who were without leading scorer and rebounder Meagan Eripret, earned two victories and advanced to play late on Saturday before their run ended in a close loss to Nazareth, 39-33.
"Obviously the goal is always to get to Sunday," head coach Joe Mladosich said. "As long as we come out and compete. Hopefully we get three or four games in, maybe more."
When the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL) playoffs resume on Wednesday, the Salisbury boys and girls will look to take another step forward in their chase for a league championship.
For the Salisbury girls, who have two teams that have already advanced through one round of postseason play, it's a guarantee one of them will advance to the semifinals.
That's because the two will square off in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Following one of Salisbury's best offensive innings of the season, the Falcons held a 5-2 lead through four innings against Emmaus. All five of those runs came in the third frame.
But as quickly as the Falcons responded from an early 2-0 deficit, an explosion from the Hornets' bats in the final three innings resulted in Salisbury's 10th loss in 11 games. Emmaus (6-8) scored six runs in the fifth and a combined five more in the sixth and seventh to drop Salisbury, 13-6, on Monday evening at Salisbury High School.
The Salisbury boys basketball team had a lead for most of the first half last Thursday night at Cedar Beach, but then the defense had a bit of a lapse.
Trailing in the second half, the Falcons began playing inspired basketball on both ends of the floor. Dasheen Reid and Brendan Reichenbach each had layups that gave Salisbury leads during a back-and-forth ending that saw the Falcons defeat Pleasant Valley, 55-51.
But it was from the charity stripe where the Falcons put themselves in a position to put the game out of reach.