Last week’s third meeting between Salisbury and Southern Lehigh was the game that determined which would have the last word in this year’s rivalry.
Salisbury ended the regular season with a 10-point victory over Southern Lehigh. However, it was that same Spartan team who gave the Falcons arguably their worst loss of the season back in mid-January—a 67-53 Southern Lehigh win.
One can tell the trout fishing season is near when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes the 2017 trout stocking schedule available. And it’s available online as well as on the PFBC’s Fish BoatPA free mobile app that’s available for smartphone users from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
To check the schedules, go to www.fishandboat.com and click on the link ‘Fish’ in the upper right corner, then select ‘Trout Stocking Schedules.’ Then choose the county of choice, enter start and end dates from the calendars then press ‘Go.’
Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
Defending Colonial League champs look to repeat
The Colonial League basketball semifinals are over and both of last year’s championship teams are still alive to defend their titles.
The top-seeded Bangor boys team looks for its third straight league title when it takes on No. 2 Southern Lehigh in Friday’s title game, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Easton Middle School. Southern Lehigh seeks its second straight girls crown. The top-seeded Lady Spartans will meet No. 2 Notre Dame (Green Pond) in Friday’s opener at 6 p.m.
Seniors Jaxon Costello and Ryan Slutsky have formed a formidable one-two punch for the Salisbury boys basketball team this season. The two forwards have wreaked havoc on opponents at on both ends of the court.
The two were at it again last Saturday night, combining for 40 points and 17 rebounds while helping to lead the third seeded Falcons (18-5 overall) to a 65-54 win over sixth seed Moravian Academy (11-12 overall) in the Colonial League quarterfinals. It was the 10th win in the last 11 games for Salisbury, and the third time this year they defeated the Lions.
Salisbury was the final team to qualify for the Colonial League girls’ basketball tournament. But the No. 6 seeded Lady Falcons nearly pulled off the unforeseen upset over the weekend.
With only minutes remaining in the game, Salisbury took a four-point lead on No. 3 Bangor when Sarah McGee hit two of three free throws. The Lady Slaters, however, had an answer to avoid the upset. Bangor quickly evened the game at 33-33 and hit its free throws down the stretch to advance to the Colonial League semifinals with a 39-38 victory on Saturday afternoon
The Salisbury swimming and diving team had its final dual meet of the 2016-17 season last Wednesday when it hosted Southern Lehigh at KidsPeace. Seven Falcons celebrated senior day at the meet, including boys swimmers Daniel Bonge, AJ Oliver, Mahlon Reihman and Ben Wiener, girls swimmer Brooke Rogers, boys diver Tyler Keller, and manager Alex Diamond.
The Falcons took several first-place finishes, but fell to the Spartans 111-61 in the girls meet and 114-61 in the boys meet.
East Stroudsburg North-Emmaus
The No. 8 seed Timberwolves knocked off top-seeded Emmaus 52-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal.
Arian Azemi led East Stroudsburg North with a game-high 21 points.
Emmaus’ David Kachelries scored 17 points, while teammate Zach Sabol added 10 points.
The Timberwolves will move on to face No. 4 seed Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Hawks defeated Whitehall in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
The Colonial League basketball playoffs got underway Saturday. While the top two seeds in boys and girls had byes into the semifinals, four quarterfinal games were contested Saturday.
For more about your local teams see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Colonial League Playoffs
The No. 3 seed Falcons beat No. 6 Moravian Academy 65-54 in their Colonial League quartefinal game.
The Salisbury High School wrestling team hosted a quad-meet Saturday with Dieruff, Kennett and Crestwood high schools.
The Falcons, with just five wrestlers competing, had a tough time winning the team matches, but they had experienced some individual success.
Shane Simononis went 3-0 at 182 points, pinning all three of his opponents in the match.
Devin Alder (126), Cory Brunner (132) and Xavier Ramos (152) all went 1-2 individually, while teammate Jonah Niesenbaum was 0-3 at 195.