Golf has been a big part of Josh Gray’s family for generations. His grandfather and father are both big fans of the sport, as is his older brother Matt.
Josh has just as much passion for the sport as the rest of his family, but an unfortunate roadblock at an early age could have derailed his hopes of playing golf. But he wasn’t going to let that stop him from playing the sport he loves.
Shortly after he was born, Gray suffered a stroke that resulted in his left arm being amputated.
Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons know that a similar start to last week’s victory over Pen Argyl isn’t a recipe for success.
The Falcons were able to respond from an early 14-0 deficit against the Knights over the weekend to win 35-14. But as Salisbury (3-2) travels to Northwestern (3-2) to take on one of the top teams in the Colonial League on Friday night, the Falcons have to get off to a faster start if they hope to have success on the road.
When Salisbury took the field last week to face Northwestern for the two teams’ second boys soccer meeting in nine days, the 4-0 loss from September 22 was still fresh on the Falcons’ minds.
It was by far the most goals they allowed and the largest deficit of any Colonial League games they played this season.
Salisbury got its revenge last Thursday when the teams met for a nonleague match and, because of weather conditions, the game was back at Salisbury.
The Colonial League golf season came to a close Monday with the league championship tournament at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Two Salisbury players competed in the tournament. Junior Ryan Slutsky shot 94 to tie for 29th place while junior Eric Pennella carded a 106.
Slutsky came into the tournament with a scoring average of 81.5 for the season and was hoping to shoot a mid-80s round.
The Salisbury-Northwestern soccer rivalry has gained plenty of steam over the last couple of seasons. Another chapter in that book was written last Tuesday night, as both teams entered the match up as two of the final three unbeaten squads in the Colonial League.
That chapter turned out to be a one-sided tale.
It only took two minutes for Northwestern’s offense to start rolling, and once that train started turning its wheels, it didn’t slow down one bit.
For about 30 minutes, the playing field looked relatively even between the two squads. But that changed drastically in a matter of less than two minutes.
Northwestern and Salisbury played a scoreless contest into the 29th minute of action. However, the Tigers scored two goals in a matter of 1:50 that helped break open the game. That momentum carried into the second half as the Tigers (5-1 in Colonial League) added another score to down the Falcons (5-2), 3-1 Tuesday evening at Northwestern Middle School.
It wasn’t a scoring drive, but you could argue it was one of the most important series of Friday night’s game against Bangor.
While Salisbury already held a sizable lead at 29-0 early in the second quarter, the Slaters drove down the field 81 yards to set up a first-and-goal at Salisbury’s 4-yard line. But instead of folding, something that seemed too much of a commonality in recent years, the Falcons halted Bangor on four straight plays, including the last two from the 1-yard line.
Friday night’s drubbing of Bangor was Salisbury’s most complete game of the season on both sides of the ball. The Falcons are hoping that trend continues as the official midway mark of the Colonial League season hits on Friday night.
Salisbury (2-2), however, won’t be on the field until Saturday afternoon when it travels to Pen Argyl (0-4) in search of the team’s first back-to-back wins since Weeks 2 and 3 last year. It’s also an opportunity for the Falcons to get over the .500 plateau for the first time since Week 4 of 2014.
It didn’t take long for freshman Mackenzie Groff to raise the eyebrows of the Ursinus womens soccer team’s coaching staff.
In a preseason scrimmage against DeSales, Groff scored her first collegiate goal for the Bears after pouring in 43 as a Salisbury High School senior.
Groff didn’t start that preseason matchup, but she made an immediate impact after being subbed in 20 minutes into the first of three 30-minute periods. That moment not only gave the coaching staff trust in the freshman, but Groff gained plenty of confidence.
With Salisbury tennis players having district team duals on their minds, head coach Rob Benson knows that collecting wins at this point in the season is crucial. It’s even more important with his team currently the final seed in the eight-team tournament scheduled for October 20.