Last year's Salisbury baseball team finished with the third-best record in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League with a 13-5 campaign before falling to North Parkland in the playoffs.
However, as the Falcons began legion play on Sunday, things look completely different from last year's squad in a number of facets.
The FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic faces a tough task when it opens play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup next Wednesday. Sonic will travel to Portland (ME) to take on GPS Portland Phoenix of the PDL next week in a task that head coach Dave Weitzman understands will be a difficult prospect.
"We really are at a disadvantage because they're starting this tournament earlier than usual because they've allowed more teams in the tournament," Weitzman said. "We won't have most of our guys because they're still in college. Playing on the road makes it that much more difficult."
Thanks to a few days of warmer weather, this year's trout opener that kicks off March 29 in 18 southeastern counties, should not have snow covered banks if they get direct sunlight. The remainder of the state has an April 12 opening.
This year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have stocked 3.2 million trout in 731 streams and 124 lakes (like Leaser in Lehigh County). Of that total, 2.01 million are rainbow trout, 647,000 are brownies and 527,000 are brookies.
Northampton Community College point guard Brent Maron was a key member in helping guide the Spartans to their first ever Eastern Pennsylvania Atheltic Confernce championship as a freshman.
Now, in his second season with the Spartans, Maron would like to reach that level of success once again.
Maron, a 2012 graduate of Salisbury High School, has taken on an even bigger role this season. Through 15 games, he is averaging 8.3 points, 6 assists (first on team), 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals (tied for first on team) per game.
Emily DeOliveira's journey back to the soccer field hasn't been like most players.
DeOliveira, a 2011 graduate of Salisbury High School, tore her right ACL in the first game of her senior high school season, forcing her to miss the entire campaign.
But after months of rehabilitation and recovery, DeOliveira, a junior defender on the DeSales University women's soccer team that just completed the 2013 season, is back on the field making an impact.
Lebanon Valley College freshman Garrett Collins wasn't even sure if he wanted to continue swimming at the collegiate level.
His main focus was finding a school that provided a solid Physical Therapy program that he could enroll in out of high school.
After Collins, a 2013 graduate of Salisbury High School, was accepted into the Physical Therapy program at Lebanon Valley, he shifted his focus back to the athletics aspect. He decided, after all, that he wasn't ready to give up the sport he's been playing much of his life.
You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom High School graduate grew up in Bethlehem and went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.
During her freshman season at Wheaton College, Katie Cialkowski quickly asserted herself as one of the team's best swimmers.
A year ago, Cialkowski was named the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin (CCIW) champion during the league meet in the 200-yard freestyle. To go along with her individual championship, Cialkowski also helped Wheaton to first-place finishes in the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays.
After tasting that success a year ago, teh sophomore is focused on another successful campaign in her second collegiate season.
Salisbury Youth Association football teams played well on the second week of the Colonial League Youth Football League's 2013 season.
The flag team, which does not keep scores, has outplayed both of its opponents this season, while the 90- and 110-pound teams both improved to 2-0 with wins over Saucon Valley on Labor Day Weekend.
Salisbury scored two touchdowns to Saucon Valley's one in last week's flag football game against the Panthers.
The Falcon flag team also beat Wilson in it's opener, four touchdowns to one.
Jason Mohring, a 2005 graduate of Salisbury High School and former Falcon swimmer, wanted to stay involved in the sport in some shape or form.
It just so happened to work out that Mohring, who held the District 11 breaststroke record for a number of years, would end up back at Salisbury in his first head coaching position.
"I always, I think, want to be involved within the sport somehow," said Mohring. "Whether it be club, high school or collegiate. I thoroughly enjoy the sport and have been around it since I was four."