It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
It was there for the taking. And, if you ask most people who witnessed the end of the game, Salisbury probably should have defeated Moravian Academy and ended the Lions’ perfect season in the process.
Instead, a rebound and put back by Moravian in the final seconds of overtime hurt the chance of handing the Lions their first loss.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
Freshman point guard Quinn Wittman admits there were nerves early in the season stepping onto the varsity stage. Not only did she have to prove she belonged with the upperclassmen, she’s been handed the job of leading Salisbury’s offense.
She seems to be settling into her role as one of the Lady Falcons’ leaders on the court.
Wittman scored 13 points, including a late clutch free throw, that helped Salisbury secure its second Colonial League victory of the season with a 36-33 win over Catasauqua on Monday. The Falcons also defeated the Rough Riders back in mid-December.
Devon Alder made the jump from 126 pounds last year to the 145-pound weight class this winter. It’s always tough jumping two weight classes over the course of a year, but Alder feels as if he’s off to a good start at his new spot in the line up.
Despite coming up short in last week’s match against Northwestern, he faced one of his toughest opponents all season, which will only bode well for the future.
Northwestern won three of the four contested bouts last Wednesday to secure the 57-12 victory.
Friday, Jan. 11
Tamaqua gained a sweep of Salisbury, as both Blue Raider teams picked up narrow wins with the girls winning 51-49 and the boys 85-84.
The Falcons’ Shane Artis and Baxter Reihman each won a pair of individual events in the boys meet. Artis took first place in the 500 freestyle and backstroke. Reihman won the individual medley and 100 freestyle. The two were also part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team along with teammates Nicholas Jones and Nick Jewell.
The scoreboard read 30-30 very early in the third quarter. Southern Lehigh, however, scored seven of the next nine points. The lead was just five for the Spartans, but it felt like much more for Salisbury.
That’s kind of how things have felt for much of the season for the Falcons. And that deficit only grew larger.
Southern Lehigh led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and Salisbury never threatened the host Spartans the rest of the way. Seven turnovers in that frame helped the Spartans pull away for the 59-47 lead on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Salisbury at Jim Thorpe Tournament
The Salisbury wrestling team took ninth place at the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament on Dec. 29.
The Salisbury girls basketball team is going to give up some size in most of its games. That’s no surprise to head coach Dan Reichenbach and his team.
But the Falcons faced one of their most difficult tasks in that regard last Friday night against Northwestern.
Northwestern’s duo of senior Sage Christopher and sophomore Emily Sekerak gave Salisbury problems all night. The two combined for 22 points, including a game-high 15 from Christopher, as the Tigers defeated the Falcons 63-22.
The roller coaster ride that the Salisbury basketball team is on has gone into a downhill portion of the track since new calendars went up on the wall.
After snapping a three-game slide with a win over Saucon Valley, Salisbury has dropped its first two games of 2019 with losses to tough opponents in Notre Dame of Green Pond (8-3 overall, 5-2 Colonial) and Northwestern Lehigh (5-5, 4-3).
The Crusaders beat Salisbury 79-56 behind 26 points from Chris Omick and 17 from Brendan Boyle. Sean Snyder led the Falcons with 12 points, nailing three three-pointers in the game.