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.
Salisbury dropped both sides of a dual meet against Whitehall.
The Zephyr boys edged the Falcons 82-71, while the Lady Zephs won 117-46.
Salisbury’s Mahlon Reihman won both his individual events and helped a pair of relay teams to first-place finished. Reihman’s 48.22 to open the boys 400 freestyle relay broke Whitehall’s 100-yard freestyle pool record.
Joining Reihman on the winning relay teams were Ben Wiener, Timothy Sechler-Stone and Danny Bonge.
Bonge also earned a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle.
It’s a spectacle that brings in not just some of the top players and teams from the state, but also some of the best in the nation, together to compete on one stage. The 2016 Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has lived up to its expectation once again, as an eventful day of basketball is scheduled for Sunday at Parkland High School. The event once again features some of the area’s and nation’s top talent.
It started with five. But it didn’t take long for those numbers to dwindle for the Salisbury wrestling team.
Between an injury to one wrestler and two others quitting the sport early on, the Falcons have been suiting up just two wrestlers most of the season: Zach Adams and Alex Nicholas. Both are seniors and wanted to finish out their careers with a sport they picked up years ago.
And while those departures have certainly made life harder in the wrestling room and on the mat, both Adams and Nicholas are gearing up for one last push.
Heading into the locker at halftime, the Salisbury boys basketball team looked distraught. The Falcons scored just six points in the second quarter while shooting 1-for-13 and trailed Allen 37-23.
But then Salisbury followed its game plan set by head coach Jason Weaver, and battled all the way back to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
A missed free-throw with three seconds left ended the comeback hopes and gave the Canaries a 61-57 nonconference win last Monday night at Salisbury High School.