Head coach Jason Weaver understands what his Salisbury boys basketball team is capable of when at full strength.
Because of vacations, other sport obligations and other circumstances, the Falcons have rarely been in the complete form that they'll put on the court on a weekly basis come the winter high school season.
By the time August rolls around, most high school baseball players are ready for a break. After long high school and legion seasons, no one would blame them if they wanted a week or two off before starting the school year.
A group of Salisbury players had other ideas. For the third straight season, the Falcons entered a team in the Midnight Madness baseball tournament held at Easton's Hackett Park.
At first, it was not definite that Salisbury would be able to put two girls teams in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League.
Not only did the Lady Falcons come up with enough players for two squads, but both teams put together solid showings that has head coach Rick Babyak excited for the upcoming high school season.
According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.
Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.
"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."
The Salisbury football team is just a few weeks away from the start of the regular season, and is entering year number two under head coach Andy Cerco's guidance.
The Falcons have been busy at work in the offseason in preparation for the upcoming season that will begin on August 30 against Bangor. Their offseason workout, which started in November of last year, includes a four-day schedule in which the Falcons mostly focus on lifting and conditioning. There's also a little bit of skill workouts and 7-on-7 drills mixed in along the way.
One way or another, all athletic careers must come to an end at some point.
Before Megan Hrebik called it quits, there were a few things she sought to accomplish in her final season on the girls basketball team: a winning record, an appearance in the district tournament, and to eclipse a rare milestone.
Dan Reichenbach grew up hearing stories from his dad about track and field.
His father was a jumper on the Salisbury track and field team during his high school years and held many Falcon records. Like his father, Reichenbach also is in the record books at Salisbury, and specializes as a jumper too, in the triple jump and long jump.
During SportsFest's recent A-town Throwdown boys basketball tournament, not many teams could say they advanced out of pool play with a perfect mark.
Salisbury, however, was able to do just that.
The Falcons went 3-0 in their pool, capturing victories over Governor Mifflin (71-47), Burlington Township (43-17), and Easton (54-52) before coming up just short against eventual tourney runner-up Constitution early Sunday morning.
For Salisbury, the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Region 2 Tournament got ugly even before it started.
Three days before the opening game, Salisbury was informed that it would not play its first game on Saturday night, but rather Saturday afternoon. That may not seem like a major issue, but many of the Salisbury players had asked for time off from summer jobs or otherwise rearranged schedules so they would be available for the game. The late change sent players and coaches scrambling.
The Salisbury soccer summer team, CSG Falcons, literally fought an uphill battle against Pennridge in its playoff loss last Wednesday.
The Falcons fell to the Rams 3-2 on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus, and were given the disadvantage of playing on the end of the field that required running uphill slightly in the second half.
Pennridge controlled possession for most of the first half, but the Falcons played well and were able to negate the ball control with solid defense in the box and good goalkeeping by Jack Bonge.