Lebanon Valley College freshman Garrett Collins wasn't even sure if he wanted to continue swimming at the collegiate level.
His main focus was finding a school that provided a solid Physical Therapy program that he could enroll in out of high school.
After Collins, a 2013 graduate of Salisbury High School, was accepted into the Physical Therapy program at Lebanon Valley, he shifted his focus back to the athletics aspect. He decided, after all, that he wasn't ready to give up the sport he's been playing much of his life.
You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom High School graduate grew up in Bethlehem and went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.
During her freshman season at Wheaton College, Katie Cialkowski quickly asserted herself as one of the team's best swimmers.
A year ago, Cialkowski was named the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin (CCIW) champion during the league meet in the 200-yard freestyle. To go along with her individual championship, Cialkowski also helped Wheaton to first-place finishes in the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays.
After tasting that success a year ago, teh sophomore is focused on another successful campaign in her second collegiate season.
Salisbury Youth Association football teams played well on the second week of the Colonial League Youth Football League's 2013 season.
The flag team, which does not keep scores, has outplayed both of its opponents this season, while the 90- and 110-pound teams both improved to 2-0 with wins over Saucon Valley on Labor Day Weekend.
Salisbury scored two touchdowns to Saucon Valley's one in last week's flag football game against the Panthers.
The Falcon flag team also beat Wilson in it's opener, four touchdowns to one.
Jason Mohring, a 2005 graduate of Salisbury High School and former Falcon swimmer, wanted to stay involved in the sport in some shape or form.
It just so happened to work out that Mohring, who held the District 11 breaststroke record for a number of years, would end up back at Salisbury in his first head coaching position.
"I always, I think, want to be involved within the sport somehow," said Mohring. "Whether it be club, high school or collegiate. I thoroughly enjoy the sport and have been around it since I was four."
Prior to serving as the assistant coach on the Salisbury field hockey team under Rachel Legath for a number of seasons, Liz Jordon was once the Falcons' head coach for 12 years.
Now, after taking over for Legath, who is on maternity leave, Jordon finds herself once again as head coach for the Falcons, a position she last held in 1999.
Jordon, a former Falcon field hockey player, isn't new to the whole coaching experience and she's looking forward to getting the season underway with a new approach on the sidelines.
After months of training, conditioning and preparation throughout the offseason, the Salisbury football team's kickoff of the 2013 season is just around the corner.
The Falcons are eager to take the field and are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. They travel to Bangor Memorial Stadium Friday night. The Slaters finished 7-3 in the Colonial League last year.
Trident swim club took second place at the recent ABE League Swimming and Diving Championships.
Event winners for Trident include Brendan Kern (100 IM, 50 breaststroke), Georgia Johnson (Diving), Colleen Daday (50 freestyle, 100 IM, 50 backstroke), Elizabeth Fahrney (50 breastroke) and Maura Brennan (100 IM).
Trident's 12 and under boys won the 200 medley relay. That team included Chad Apostolico, Kern, Michael Brennan and Aidan Carey.
Local cyclists from Sprinters Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for several events at the recent Junior National Track Championship at Trexlertown's Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
After qualifying in the top spot with a time of 11.089, James Mellen (above left), rising senior at Parkland High School, took gold in the match sprint. James followed the match sprint victory with a win in the team sprint on day two of the competition.
Mellen also secured a bronze medal in the keirin event.
One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last weekend, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.