One of the goals for manager Scott Heppenheimer and the Salisbury legion baseball team at the beginning of the season was to earn a spot in the playoffs.
With that feat well in hand, the Falcons have their eyes set on a much higher goal a trip to Boyertown to participate in regionals.
That journey will begin on Wednesday when the Falcons host Lower Macungie, a team they beat twice in the regular season, in the first game of the eight-team double-elimination Lehigh Valley Legion playoff tournament. Heppenheimer and the Falcons are ready for the opportunity.
With the two biggest summer tournaments up next, the Salisbury boys basketball team looked to ready itself for the stiff competition that awaits in the Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments beginning this week.
Austin Uhl, Eddie Sanchez, and Bryce Fairclough combined to lead the Falcons to a 42-31 win over Pleasant Valley last Tuesday night at Muhlenberg College.
In a back-and-forth first half, the three Falcons traded baskets to give Salisbury a slim 22-19 lead at halftime.
After a 14-0 defeat to North Parkland Sunday afternoon, the Salisbury legion baseball team took the field just hours later looking to put that loss behind them.
And the result was just as night and day as the game time weather of the two outings.
While dark skies and periods of a light rain occurred during the North Parkland defeat, sunny skies highlighted the Falcons' 10-2 victory over Lower Mac.
Behind a complete game by Tyler Cooperman that included eight strikeouts, and a steady dose of offense from the early going, Salisbury improved to 10-5 on the season.
Salisbury High School graduate Brian Ernst recorded his second straight win for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks last Tuesday, June 25.
Ernst pitched seven innings in an 11-4 win over the Newark Bears.
Ernst allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out one and walked one after earning his first career victory in his previous start against the New Jersey Jackals last Thursday.
East Stroudsburg University senior Brian Ernst has been named the PSAC East Pitcher of the Week after setting an ESU record with 15 strikeouts, the most by a PSAC pitcher this season, in a three-hit shutout at Millersville last Friday.
Ernst, a Salisbury High School graduate, struck out at least two batters in every inning, struck out the side in the third, and didn't allow a hit until a two-out double in the fourth inning in the Warriors' 2-0 win in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
After holding down the starting cornerback spot on the Ursinus College football team last year and playing in eight games, senior Scott Gardus is looking to continue his solid play in 2012.
Gardus recorded 24 total tackles last season, with 21 of those being solo, as well as two interceptions for the Bears.
He's hoping an offseason dedicated to improving on the field results in achieving one of his big personal goals for the upcoming season the opportunity at being named a member of the All-Centennial team.
Tyler Nolan wasn't planning on attending DeSales University after he graduated from Salisbury high school in 2009. The rising senior was set to move in to Millersville and participate in the Marauders preseason soccer camp. But it just wasn't for him. He wanted something more comfortable and familiar.
DeSales is a place Nolan knows well. His brother Ryan played for the Bulldogs under head coach George Crampton, and Nolan remembers going to games and getting the chance to see DeSales and interact with Crampton.
Sean Baker has had to deal with expectations placed on him for years now. Whether they are by him or by other people, they seem to always be met. Baker seems to always outdo himself each and every year.
A four-year starter under Mark Allinson at Salisbury, he came in to the program not well known as a freshman. That soon changed after a productive first season. He was named a second team All-Colonial League that year and one-upped himself by being selected to the first team as a junior.