Rob Benson thought last year was going to be a rebuilding season after losing a number of key pieces from Salisbury’s historic 2017 team. And it was.
But 2019 might be even more a rebuild for the long-term Falcon boys tennis head coach.
After finishing 4-9 last year in the Colonial League, Salisbury returns some of its key pieces from that season. But a number of them are switching positions as the upcoming spring season gets underway.
Head coach Mike Pochron is entering his 19th season leading the Salisbury baseball team.
The 2019 season might be his biggest challenge in nearly two decades.
Salisbury (11-10 overall; 9-9 in Colonial League) returned to the district tournament last spring after missing out on the playoffs for the first time in eight years in 2017. But much of last year’s team has graduated—including 10 regular rotation players— and that has left Pochron with a largely unproved bunch.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s fleet of white stocking trucks are on the roll, stocking trout for the March 23 Youth Fishing Day and regional trout opener on March 30 in 18 southeast region waters.
For anyone who would like to introduce a youngster to the sport of fishing, the Youth Fishing Day is an opportune time for them to experience catching their first trout. It’s also an opportune time since there’s no fishing pressure from adults, and there will be loads of freshly stocked trout to be caught.
In what may be the wildest game of the season, Lehigh Valley pulled off a stunning 4-3 win over the defending AHL champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at the PPL Center.
The win gave Lehigh Valley a season sweep of its two games with Toronto and three wins in their last four games against the Marlies. Going back five years, the Phantoms have played Toronto well, going 6-2-1-1.
While there wasn’t a championship brought back to Salisbury’s trophy case last season, the Lady Falcons’ softball team took another step forward. The team’s 18 wins was the most in head coach Jeff Appleman’s tenure at Salisbury.
With the start of the 2019 season just days away, Salisbury is hoping to produce another successful campaign. And maybe even bring home some hardware this time.
After winning two individual gold, one relay gold and one relay silver at districts, Sarah Bobeck made her final trip to states to compete in three events. Through the two days of competition, Bobeck finished 17th in the 200-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard freestyle. She also teamed with fellow seniors Madison Jewell and Cathryn Fitzsimmons and sophomore Julia Graver in the 200-yard freestyle relay to finish in 27th place.
Salisbury’s Jonah Niesenbaum competed in the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships last weekend at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Niesenbaum, who finished in third place in District 11 and took third at the PIAA Southeast Regional, opened the state tournament with a loss by fall to Eisenhower’s Joseph Bauer, the second-place finisher out of the Northwest Region.
The Duke University-bound Falcon senior won his first consolation match, a 3-0 decision over Joey King of Maplewood, the fourth-place finisher from the Northwest Region.
Jonah Niesenbaum is a student of the game when it comes to wrestling.
The Salisbury senior has proved time and again he is a quick learner.
After punching his ticket to states for the second straight year, Niesenbaum showed that he’s still just scratching the surface.
A third-place finish Saturday at the Southeast Regional Tournament helped Niesenbaum secure his spot in Hershey for the second year in a row. The result was an improvement on his fifth-place finish at regionals a season ago.
After winning District 11 gold medals in the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events a year ago, Sarah Bobeck looked at where she was and where she wanted to be as she prepared for her senior season of high school swimming. She knew her times in the two events were good, but she also knew that she wanted to swim competitively in college and to do so, she needed to make a couple of changes.
First, she needed to challenge herself. While she enjoyed the varying styles of the 50 and 500, she knew she had to focus on something different to make herself even more versatile in the pool.
Jonah Niesenbaum stood outside Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, peering through the doorway to get a glimpse of the action inside.
As the crowd noise swelled, so did the Salisbury senior’s interest.
Clearly, it wasn’t where Niesenbaum envisioned himself on the second night of District 11 Wrestling Tournament.
Niesenbaum pictured himself alongside his peers, competing for a title. As the No. 2 seed at 220 pounds, a third-place finish in the Class 2A bracket wasn’t the outcome he had hoped for.
But it might have been the one he needed.