The chemistry between seniors Rylee Donaldson and Erica Holben is easy to spot on the soccer field. It’s won Salisbury plenty of games over their four-year careers.
Last Thursday night, the pair helped the Falcons pull out their biggest victory this season.
Donaldson set up Holben for the game’s only goal that sent No. 3 Salisbury into the District 11 Class 2A semifinals with a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Tamaqua last week. The win sets up a semifinal matchup with No. 2 Palisades on Tuesday. Semifinal results were not available at time of press.
Salisbury field hockey head coach Jane Brennan knew last week’s district playoff game against Southern Lehigh could go either way.
The teams split their two regular season contests against Southern Lehigh. The latest meeting in the regular season finale saw Salisbury pull away with a 4-3 victory. But the Falcons knew the third meeting would be tough, especially after the Spartans advanced to the Colonial League championship game against Bangor.
The District 11 Cross Country Championship brings out the best in many runners. That was the case for Salisbury’s Shane Artis.
The Falcon junior finished third overall in the Class 2A boys competition with a time of 16:54 during the Oct. 24 meet held at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. Following the race, Artis conveyed his strategy.
After qualifying for the district tournament in two of the past three seasons, there won’t be another postseason trip for the Salisbury football team in 2018. R
egardless of what happens on Friday night in the Falcons’ season finale against Southern Lehigh, a berth in the competitive Class 3A playoffs has been out of reach for weeks.
Shane Artis and Michael Sosnowski have been working hard in the offseason. They’ve put in 35-40 miles, including some tough hill work on South Mountain, in an effort to be among the top runners in the Colonial League and District 11.
They achieved part of their goal last week when the Salisbury juniors both finished in the top 10 and earned medals at the Colonial League Championships, held annually at DeSales University.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
After clinging to a two-point lead at halftime, Palmerton dominated the second half against Salisbury en route to a 35-14 Colonial League victory last Friday night in Palmerton.
It was a tale of two halves for the Falcons, who opened up the game with a 13-play, 55-yard scoring drive. But the Bombers answered right back with a four-play drive. On Palmerton’s first offensive play of the contest, Tanner Burnett took a 37-yard handoff. Stasko eventually capped the drive with a 16-yard scamper.
Salisbury and Southern Lehigh both finished the Colonial League portion of their schedules 8-2-2 and tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the league tournament.
But only one of those teams could earn the No. 4 seed and a date with top-seeded and unbeaten Saucon Valley when the tournament opened on Tuesday. Due to a tiebreaker, the Falcons ended up on the outside looking in.
Salisbury knew Bangor’s rushing attack would be tough to deal with entering last week’s game. But when the Falcons were without a number of starters entering that contest, and then added a couple more to the injury list, things got even tougher.
Bangor ran for 242 yards on the ground and took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. The Falcons could never get within striking distance as the Slaters enforced the mercy rule in the second half and picked up the 45-10 victory last Friday at Salisbury High School.
Judging by some of the film Salisbury football head coach Andy Cerco was able to watch on Palmerton, it seems as if the Blue Bombers are also dealing with key injuries to their playmakers.
When the two teams kick off on Friday night in Palmerton, both will look to get back on the winning side of the seesaw after a rough past couple of weeks. Salisbury and Palmerton are both sitting at 2-6 in the Colonial League’s West Division after losses in Week 8.
With a relatively young team once again, Salisbury boys soccer head coach Mark Allinson expected another transition season in 2018.
And while the Falcons finished 4-12-1 overall and 4-8 in the Colonial League and missing out on a postseason berth for the second straight season, there were some positives to take away.