When the Salisbury girls basketball team tips off its season on Friday night in the first of back-to-back nonleague contests, the Lady Falcons will look completely different from last winter.
The Falcons graduated four senior starters from last year’s squad, including leading scorer and Lehigh University recruit Meagan Eripret, who finished as the program’s leader in career points and averaged 18.5 points in 2015. Kelly Gonoude (8.1 points), Holly Szita (5.2) and Jenna Keet (3.8) also graduated after the Falcons qualified for both leagues and districts a year ago.
After Salisbury’s most successful football season in a few years, several Falcon players were recognized for thier efforts this season when the 2015 all-leage teams were released last week.
Led by wide receiver/defensive back/kicker/punter Mason Donaldson, who earned first-team selection at three positions, six Salisbury players were recognized by the leagues coaches.
Four other Salisbury players were also named to the second team or as honoarable mention selections.
Players from Colonial League champion Southern Lehigh earned four out of a possible five first-team selections.
Representing Salisbury is Leandra Roelker, a junior who was named an honorable mentnion selection at No. 1 singles.
1st – Nina DeLuna (Southern Lehigh)
1st – Tyra Ott (Wilson)*
2nd – Madeline Newsome (Palisades)
HM – Sarah Inglis (Saucon Valley), Leandra Roelker (Salisbury)*, Skyler Hammond (Moravian Academy)*
1st – Katie Cole (Southern Lehigh)
2nd – Logan Lencheski (Notre Dame GP)
This year’s All-Colonial League cross country teams were announced recently.
The boys first team saw seven runners from seven different schools selected, while the girls team was dominated by Northwestern (3) and Wilson (3) runners.
Salisbury’s Joe Fainor represented the Falcons with a selection to the honorable mention team.
Gavin Kemery (Northern Lehigh) - MVP
Zach Svetik (Palmerton)
Joe Espinal (Wilson)
John Koons (Notre Dame GP)
Ethan Bernsteain (Saucon Valley)
Thomas Matsumura (Southern Lehigh)
Players from Colonial League finalists Southern Lehigh and Moravian Academy made up the majority of this year’s all-leage first team in field hockey.
Four Lions players and three Spartans were on the first team.
Salisbury senior Mackenzie Harper was the only Falcon on this year’s teams. She earned a place on the honorable mention team as a defender.
F – Meghan Reese (So., Southern Lehigh), Mayv Clune (Jr., Moravian Academy), Quinn Bachman (Sr., Catasauqua), Abbi Chesney (Sr., Bangor), Lacey Hempeler (Sr., Pen Argyl)
This football season featured a bevy of playmakers in District 11.
Many of those players eclipsed school records and some even took down district records on their way to memorable season.
The following is a list of those accomplishments compiled by statistician Duke Helm through the first week of the postseason.
Salisbury girls soccer goal keeper Jordan Kamp was named to the All Colonial League First Team for the 2015 season.
While Kamp was the only Falcon to earn a spot on the first team, three teammates earned places on the second team or honorable mention.
GK – Jordan Kamp (Sr., Salisbury)
D – Ally Badman (Sr., Palisades), Bridget Cerciello (Sr., Southern Lehigh), Taylor Slack (Sr., Northwestern), Kyle Paul (Sr., Saucon Valley)
Two Salisbury boys soccer players earned a spot on this year’s All Colonial League First Team.
Goal keeper Tyler Keller and midfielder Ethan Heydt were names to the first team, while three teammates earned places on the second team or honorable mention.
GK – Tyler Keller (Jr., Salisbury)
D – Tanner Shane (Sr., Moravian Academy), Jonathan Blaine (Jr., Northwestern), Jacob Cassel (Sr. Southern Lehigh)
Why hunt elk out West when you can stay in the Keystone State and bag an 894-pound, 7x6 racked bull elk? That’s what Rodney Hoover of Martinsburg did on Nov. 2 during Pennsylvania’s lottery draw elk hunt.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, more than 73 percent of hunters taking part in the 2015 elk hunt took home a trophy elk. Of that, 85 elk were taken during the regular, one-week elk season that ended Nov. 7. And those licensed to hunt antlered elk - or bulls - had a 95-percent success rate. That’s better than most high-priced elk hunts out West or New Mexico.
Head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons won’t place blame on the gusty winds for their offensive woes during last week’s game at Northwestern. Maybe it had more to do with the Tigers executing their game plan on both sides of the ball. But for a team that likes to throw it as much as any in the Colonial League, the swirling wind didn’t do Salisbury any favors.
Whatever it was, one of the league’s top offensive powerhouses had statistically its worst game of the season on Friday night. And it cost the Falcons mightily.