When Andy Cerco took over as Salisbury head coach, the challenges stared him in the face. The writing was on the wall for everyone to see.
Prior to his first season in 2012, Salisbury endured back-to-back letdown seasons that resulted in a 1-19 combined record in 2010 and 2011. The four seasons before Cerco’s arrival all saw the Falcons finish below .500, including another winless campaign in 2008.
The third annual Scheitrum Classic was held at Emmaus High School recently to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s tournament featured 18 teams – 13 varsity and five junior varsity – playing in games throughout the weekend in both the main gym and auxiliary gym at Emmaus. This year’s tournament raised $1,000 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Through its three years, the Scheitrum Classic has now raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
In case Phantoms fans forgot what minor league hockey is all about, the Flyers gave them a not-so-gentle reminder when they recalled two popular players to provide help for the parent club. Forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere were recalled, delivering a blow to the Phantom lineup.
There were congratulations being offered on the field. Hugs between coaches, players and others soon followed an emotion-filled atmosphere on Friday night at Southern Lehigh High School.
There was also the exchange of the historic Helmet from Southern Lehigh Athletic Director Kate Miller over to the Falcons, a prized possession that hasn’t been back to Salisbury’s confines since 2009.
Salisbury did all it could last week to bottle up Northwestern’s JD Haaf. But the Tigers’ top goal-scorer made the most of few opportunities to lead his to a 2-0 win in the District 11 Class AA boys soccer final.
“We try and deny him the ball but he’s a little more deceptive than he looks,” said Salisbury head coach Mark Allinson. “He’s the complete package.
Zack Stortini was one of the more popular members of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms inaugural team last season, but he wound up signing with the Binghamton Senators during the offseason. Sunday night was his first trip to Allentown as a visiting player and he chose the occasion to put one of the new members of the Phantoms to a test. Just as the opening puck was dropped, Stortini went after AHL rookie Tyrell Goulbourne, who is four-inches and 15-pounds smaller than the AHL veteran.
It proved to be a bad idea.
Even before Salisbury played a game, the writing was on the wall. The Falcons knew wanted to accomplish in 2015.
“We want to get to district finals,” said quarterback Tevon Weber prior to the season.
Whether or not people took that claim seriously in August or not is one thing. But now the Salisbury faithful can do nothing but believe.
When head coach Rick Babyak took over the girls’ soccer program, the current group of seniors was entering its first season on the high school varsity team. That journey officially came to an end last week for Babyak and that group of senior Falcons.
Just over the mountain and a few miles south on Route 309 resides one of Salisbury’s biggest rivals.
When Southern Lehigh (7-2) hosts the Falcons (6-3) on Friday night in their regular season finale, there’s more on the line than just another Colonial League win, although that’s how the Falcons will approach it.
There’s a chance to leapfrog those Spartans for the No. 2 spot in the West Division. And there’s an opportunity for Salisbury to regain possession of the prized trophy of the traditional helmet.
Bethlehem Steel conjures memories for many people throughout the Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia Union thought it was the perfect representation for their new USL franchise in Bethlehem.
At a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon at SteelStacks, the franchise was officially named Bethlehem Steel FC as they head into their inaugural season this spring.