The storylines heading into last week’s Colonial League boys championship were well known.
Salisbury had an opportunity to gain some revenge against Bangor after the Slaters ripped away a league title from the Falcons’ grip a season ago. Salisbury, meanwhile, was responsible for the Slaters’ only loss this year, so revenge was certainly on Bangor’s agenda as well.
The ending was a finish Salisbury was all too familiar with.
Besides playing soccer for Salisbury at the high school level, senior Jordan Kamp also plays club soccer for Continental FC Delco. That team possesses over a dozen of recent Division I commits that will continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level.
The Division I recruits include schools such as Saint Joseph’s, Loyola, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Holy Cross, LaSalle and Hartford. One of her teammates went the Division III route in choosing Gettysburg, a premier squad at that level of competition.
The three-and-a-half hour drive home from Storrs, Connecticut ,was the same amount of time it took to get there from Salisbury Township. But for the Donaldson family, it probably seemed a whole lot quicker of a ride back.
That’s because senior Mason Donaldson made a decision just hours earlier that would change his life forever.
When Salisbury faced Northwestern a little over a week ago at the end of the regular season, Falcon girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich noted that one of the big reasons the Falcons gave up a five-point halftime lead and eventually fell in overtime was their turnover numbers.
The way Saturday’s Colonial League quarterfinals played out gave Mladosich a feeling of déjà vu.
It’s been a year since it happened, but the Salisbury boys’ basketball team still remembers the pain it suffered last February. Well, at least some of the Falcons remember.
After completing a 16-1 regular season in the Colonial League last year, with its only loss coming in the finale against Southern Lehigh, Salisbury edged Wilson in the league tournament semifinals. But two days later, the Falcons came up a game short of capturing a championship with a devastating 59-49 loss to Bangor.
Heading into last week, Salisbury was right in the thick of the Colonial League girls’ basketball playoff race. However, the Lady Falcons had a rough road ahead, facing fellow top teams in Palisades and Notre Dame Green Pond last week and Northwestern on Monday night.
Joe Mladosich’s group was 0-2 in the first two tests against that top tier and suffered its third setback as Salisbury fell 51-46 to the Tigers on Monday Night in a Colonial League girls’ basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli.
Believe it or not, a 20-point loss in which a team is held to under 30 points can actually have a positive effect.
That’s the situation Salisbury found itself in following Friday’s 47-27 loss to unbeaten Pottsville, the No. 1 ranked team in the District 11 Class 3A rankings. The Falcons, sitting right behind the Crimson Tide as the No. 2 ranked team in 3A, struggled to get into any offensive rhythm and were outmatched by a much tougher Pottsville squad. The 27 points was by far their lowest total of the season.
Salisbury guard Lindsay Bauer has had the luxury to play alongside two 1,000-point scorers on the hardwood. As a freshman, Bauer watched Megan Hrebik eclipse the mark in her final season. Then Meagan Eripret joined the 1,000-point club as a junior and became the Lady Falcons’ all-time leading scorer the following year.
There was a point, however, when all three took the court at one time together without 1,000 credited to their names.
It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And folks in the Lehigh Valley have for years called it the Harrisburg show.
But after NRA’s takeover, it’s now called The Great American Outdoor Show and it kicks off its nine day run beginning Feb. 6 until Feb. 14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Most people probably didn’t expect the Salisbury girls basketball team to be where it is now. And who could blame them after losing a talented senior class led by all-state honoree Meagan Eripret?
But not everyone had diminished the Lady Falcons’ hopes when this team stepped on the court for the first time together. Although senior Lindsay Bauer may have not envisioned quite the start Salisbury has strung together in the Colonial League, she knew that their was promise surrounding this group.