Several Salisbury athletes competed on college teams in the fall 2015 season.
In helping the Ursinus College women’s soccer team finish 12-6-1 and advance to Centennial Conference semifinals round, freshman Mackenzie Groff scored five goals (third on team) and added four assists (first on team) in 15 games (10 starts). She also recorded a 73.7 shot-on-goal percentage and hit three game-winning goals in her first season on the pitch.
The past year has had some interesting outdoor notables. Here are a few of those stories.
We most recently wrote that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has once again installed an improved live Eagle Cam at a bald eagle nest site in Hanover, York County.
It is nature watching at its best. It’s a live video feed that can be enjoyed on your computer while sipping a coffee in the comforts of your home.
As if his three Colonial League First-Team selections in all three areas of the game weren’t enough, Salisbury’s Mason Donaldson garnered even more recognition once the Falcons’ football season concluded.
Salisbury girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich refused to make any excuses for his team’s performance. But it’s hard to think that 10 days away from formal practices didn’t at least play a part in the Falcons’ 39-33 loss to Oley in the first round of the Falcon Holiday Tournament.
“We haven’t had practice for 10 days but some of the things like effort and boxing out, we should still be doing that,” said Mladosich. “That’s what hurt was our effort. It’s probably our worst performance of the year. Nothing against Oley Valley at all, but our performance lackluster at best.”
Starting next year, athletic teams all across Pennsylvania will begin to feel the effect on the new six-classification system the PIAA recently instituted. Salisbury is one of those schools that falls in the middle of the pack of that new system across its various sports teams.
Patrick O’Connor is no newbie when it comes to the sport of swimming.
He picked up the sport at age seven. By the time O’Connor was competing in high school, he became a district champion and an all-state member in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay team. During his collegiate years at King’s College, he became the owner of a school record and was named an all-conference swimmer.
Due to low roster numbers, it’ll be virtually impossible for Salisbury to end up on the winning end of most of its matches this wrestling season.
The Falcons, who finished 0-8 in the Colonial League last year, graduated just one senior in Nico Scarcia, a regional qualifier last winter. But the bigger issue comes as eight other starters from last year aren’t returning in 2015-16 for a number of different reasons. That results is a lineup of just five wrestlers on this year’s varsity team, including one newcomer in senior Christian Major (138 or 145 pounds).
Dylan Belletiere took an awkward fall as the first half whistle sounded. Salisbury’s senior guard had rolled his ankle on the Falcons’ last-second possession.
After coming out to start the second half, the injury forced Belletiere to the sideline to get that ankle taped. When he returned to the court, he played a pivotal role in helping Salisbury avoid a scare from Blue Mountain early in the fourth quarter.
With the recent success Salisbury has had against Dieruff, there was optimism for the Lady Falcons as they tipped off their season on Friday night.
But those hopes were quickly dismissed on the Huskies’ home court.
After falling into a 10-7 hole early in the second quarter, Dieruff closed the half on a 17-3 spurt to hold a commanding 24-13 advantage at intermission. Salisbury (0-1) got to within seven points early in the third, but the Huskies’ scoring avalanche couldn’t be stopped in their 50-40 victory at Dieruff High School.
Salisbury got a little bit of a surprise right before the season got underway. And it may be the missing piece the Falcons were looking for.