Judging by the way the Salisbury boys' basketball team made its way through last week's Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase, you wouldn't think it had graduated all five starters from last year's team.
But while replacing senior starters at every position is certainly a heavy task for head coach Jason Weaver, the Falcons' run in Stellar raised a few eyebrows in the crowd.
Even without its top player, the Salisbury girls' basketball team put together an impressive run in last week's Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase at Cedar Beach.
The Lady Falcons, who were without leading scorer and rebounder Meagan Eripret, earned two victories and advanced to play late on Saturday before their run ended in a close loss to Nazareth, 39-33.
"Obviously the goal is always to get to Sunday," head coach Joe Mladosich said. "As long as we come out and compete. Hopefully we get three or four games in, maybe more."
When the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL) playoffs resume on Wednesday, the Salisbury boys and girls will look to take another step forward in their chase for a league championship.
For the Salisbury girls, who have two teams that have already advanced through one round of postseason play, it's a guarantee one of them will advance to the semifinals.
That's because the two will square off in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Following one of Salisbury's best offensive innings of the season, the Falcons held a 5-2 lead through four innings against Emmaus. All five of those runs came in the third frame.
But as quickly as the Falcons responded from an early 2-0 deficit, an explosion from the Hornets' bats in the final three innings resulted in Salisbury's 10th loss in 11 games. Emmaus (6-8) scored six runs in the fifth and a combined five more in the sixth and seventh to drop Salisbury, 13-6, on Monday evening at Salisbury High School.
The Salisbury boys basketball team had a lead for most of the first half last Thursday night at Cedar Beach, but then the defense had a bit of a lapse.
Trailing in the second half, the Falcons began playing inspired basketball on both ends of the floor. Dasheen Reid and Brendan Reichenbach each had layups that gave Salisbury leads during a back-and-forth ending that saw the Falcons defeat Pleasant Valley, 55-51.
But it was from the charity stripe where the Falcons put themselves in a position to put the game out of reach.
Just last week, Salisbury's hopes at earning the eighth and final spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion baseball playoffs looked bleak.
But two quality regular season wins over the past week set up a one-game playoff against West Allentown for the last spot in this week's double-elimination LVL Tournament.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, their two-game win streak and playoff aspirations came to an end on Monday night, 5-3, against West Allentown.
The CSG Falcon White soccer team, which is the Salisbury High School girls summer teams in Group A of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL), wrapped up its regular season on Monday night and heads into the playoffs as the group's top team.
Despite coming up short against Tribe United Gold (Upper Perk) on Monday, 3-2 in overtime at Lehigh University Fields and Goodman Campus, the Lady Falcons (5-2-2) face Group B's No. 8 seed when the playoffs begin on Wednesday.
The high school soccer season is a little more than two months away, but the Salisbury girls' team continues to prepare throughout the summer months.
In addition to workouts twice a week, the Lady Falcons have two teams playing in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL), where they compete twice a week as well.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up one bit.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third, and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural game four years ago.
Out of the handful of spectators watching the first game of Sunday's home-and-home double-header between Salisbury and Fullerton, nobody could have anticipated how the game would end.
Trailing 7-0 after four innings, the first pitch from CJ Tocci in the top of the fifth didn't come without some drama.