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Via Basketball Game

 By Holly Bruns and Daniel Bonge

Four elite Salisbury students were chosen to showcase their talents in the Lehigh Valley’s 41st Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic game. There is a Via All-Star banquet which is where all the student-athletes that were chosen enjoy formal dinner. Players are recognized and awarded Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, scholarships, and even some are inducted in the Lehigh Valley High School Hall of Fame. The game, however, is a separate event that allow these players from different teams to come together and play once more for their high school career.

Lindsay Bauer and Kristen Bucchin were the ladies of Salisbury invited to play and attend the Via All-Star Classic. Dylan Belletiere and Tevon Weber were the boys invited. All four players have been playing since their freshman year and even in their younger days. They all are dedicated athletes who had an outstanding season and final end to their career. The Via All-Star game was played on the morning of March 26th at Northampton Community College.

Bauer and Bucchin were on the South team, which was divided by the region in which their team was located in. The South team consisted of Allen, Dieruff, Southern Lehigh, Liberty, Becca, and Salisbury girls. “It was fun to be able to play with people I have been playing against for four years,” says Bauer, “It was different because when you put all these girls who usually score a lot for their own team and combine them, the scoring in the game is more balanced.” Bauer ended the game with a total of eleven individual points.

Kristen Bucchin, felt that it was really great to be chosen as a VIA Allstar. “Since I have been playing basketball for so long, it’s feels good to have everything I’ve worked for be acknowledged and I’m honored to be apart of it. This was my last basketball banquet I will ever go to so it made me think of all the ones I’ve gone to in the past. It felt good that I was able to end my basketball career with my friend Lindsay who I’ve been playing with since middle school.”

Dylan Belletiere had an unusual turnout on his end. After playing the whole game Belletiere had to leave the court and continue to the emergency room. With a few minutes to spare, Belletiere collided with his opponent which resulted in a bloody eye and five stitches. Our Salisbury players made our community proud by representing the High School’s athletic and academic program. It was a great experience for all the individuals participating and also a great way to end their final high school career in the sport they love.

Boys Basketball Wrap-Up

By Ian Carson

For a team to get into states in district 1, a team must place third or better in districts. The Falcons suffered an upset loss to Blue Mountain in overtime of the semi-final district game. If they would’ve won, they would’ve clinched a spot in states. Because of this loss, the boys basketball team had to play Bethlehem Catholic for third place to get into state playoffs. The Falcons beat Bethlehem Catholic by four points which earned them a spot in states. The Falcons then played Bishop McDevitt on Friday, March 4th. The Crusaders placed first in district three. The Falcons placing third in district eleven, were the underdogs in this matchup. The teams played at West York High School. Both teams started out sloppy with multiple turnovers. The Crusaders were the first to strike. Throughout the first half, Bishop McDevitt played aggressively ending the half with a 38-22 lead over the Falcons. In the locker room, Falcon coach, Jason Weaver tried to fire up the Falcons. He compared the deficit at halftime to the Allen game.

At halftime of the Allen game earlier in the season, the Falcons were down by 17, but came back and only lost by four. Unfortunately, this was not enough to spark the Falcons in the second half. The Crusaders kept the intensity up, ending the season for the Falcons with a final score of 75-48. Bishop McDevitt’s center, James Williams, put up 30 points for the Crusaders. The Falcons were led by sophomore, Jack Reichenbach, who had 13 points. This loss was so upsetting for the team because it was the last game for the four seniors on the team. Seniors Dylan Belletiere, Ian Carson, Tevon Weber, and Chad Cooperman have been in the program throughout their four years of high school. They have been part of an excellent basketball program at Salisbury who had 42 wins in the last two seasons. The Falcons will need the younger players to step up for next season. Hopefully the younger players have the same work ethic as the four seniors did and can continue to keep Salisbury basketball a successful program.

SHS Boys Basketball State Playoff Ticket Info

By Agostino D’ancona

With the Salisbury Boys’ Basketball win over Bethlehem Catholic last Friday in a consolation game, it boosted the team to the PIAA 3A state playoffs. The boys kick off the first round this Friday at West York Area High School. You can buy tickets in advance for the game in the main office. They will be on sale Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. All adults are $6 and students are $3. There is no senior citizen discount for PIAA playoffs. All tickets purchased at the game will be $6. There will be no student rate. We encourage everyone to buy tickets through the school because for every adult ticket the school will be reimbursed $1 and for every student ticket the school is reimbursed $0.50.  

Other things to keep in mind for the game: you will be prohibited from removing your shirt and/or body painting, and spectators seated behind the free throw line are not allowed to distracting the player on the free throw line. Banners, balloons, laser pointers, noisemakers,  pom-poms, shakers, signs, sirens, strips of material, towels, whistles, and/or portable listening devices without earphones will not be permitted. We strongly encourage everyone to come out and support the boys, but to also keep in mind the rules that the PIAA have put in place.         

Salisbury Falcon Boys Basketball Playoff Wrap Up

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By Ian Carson & Luis Palacios

The Falcons were looking to have redemption against the defending champions Bangor Area High School after their loss to them the previous year. Unfortunately, the Falcons fell short again to the same team with a 56-46 loss; which is the same margin as last year. The players and coaches did not hang their heads because they have an upcoming championship opportunity in the district playoffs that started the following week.

The Falcons were set to play the winner of the North Schuylkill vs. Jim Thorpe game. Jim Thorpe came out on top of North Schuylkill; advancing them to the quarterfinal round against the Falcons. The game was held at Southern Lehigh High School on Friday, February 19th. Although Jim Thorpe was the underdog, Salisbury did not take them lightly. It seemed like Jim Thorpe could not miss a shot during the first quarter, ending the quarter leading 13-9. The second quarter was led by Salisbury’s Chad Cooperman with ten points and six of them coming from three point shots. The second half was a pretty even battle between the two teams, but the game ended with the Falcons on top, 60-55 over Jim Thorpe. This win advanced the Falcons into the semifinal game held at Whitehall High School Tuesday, February 23rd. Salisbury was set to face Blue Mountain in Tuesday night’s game.

The Salisbury boys basketball team took on the Blue Mountain Eagles Tuesday night, February 23rd. The winner of the game had the opportunity to play for the District 11 class AAA championship on Friday, February 26th. Salisbury played against Blue Mountain in the regular season opener and won 58-48.

The Falcons took an early lead ahead of the Eagles, leading 15-13 after the first quarter. Salisbury’s fast-paced offense was definitely a factor for the Falcons. Salisbury had control for most of the first half of the game, leading 34-28 at halftime. Not only was their offense effective, but their lock-down defense didn’t allow any easy points for Blue Mountain in the first half of the semi-final game.

The start of the second half was the turning point for Salisbury. Salisbury’s defense seemed to be nonexistent in the third quarter, allowing 22 points in the quarter alone. Their intense offense wasn’t working for them either, only scoring nine points in the third quarter. The score was 43-50, Blue Mountain leading.

The Falcons picked up the pace in the fourth quarter. They took the lead back and kept it for most of the quarter. With thirty seconds left in the game, the Falcons had a three point lead, and looked like they were going to come out victorious. The Eagles had the final possession in the fourth quarter, and miraculously hit a game-tying three pointer to send the game in overtime. In overtime, it was all Eagles. The Eagles jumped to an early lead sinking a couple buckets to put them ahead of the Falcons. The Falcons fought hard throughout the entire game, but the Eagles definitely made it difficult for them. With thirty seconds left in overtime, the Eagles had a 66-61 lead. The final score was 66-64, the Eagles coming out victorious. The Falcons put everything they had into this game, but it just wasn’t enough.

Senior Tevon Weber said, “It’s definitely a disappointing feeling losing this game, especially with everything that was on the line. We just have to have a short memory and focus on the game this Friday.” Senior Chad Cooperman stated, “We let it get away from us, it’s as simple as that. Our defense broke down when we needed it the most, and our offense couldn’t answer as well. But our season isn’t over yet. We just have to forget about this game and focus on Friday, and keep our season alive.”

The Falcons had a chance to get into state playoffs playing a consolation game Friday, February 26th. The Falcons played Bethlehem Catholic for the third place in districts and a spot in the state playoff bracket.

The Falcons took on Becahi on Friday, February 26th for one final chance to make it to the state playoffs. Both teams were looking for redemption for the loss they both suffered the game before. It was a closely contested game from the start with a score of 27-26, with Becahi leading. Becahi had a 52-45 lead with a little over three minutes left in the game, but the Falcons didn’t give up. The Falcons came back and went on an 11-0 game-ending run. Junior Blake Jones hit a game-tying layup while getting fouled to tie the game with 58 seconds remaining. Senior Tevon Weber hit two free throws to break the tie with 43 seconds remaining. Finally, senior Dylan Belletiere finished the game with a layup at the buzzer, defeating Bethlehem Catholic 56-52 and sealing a spot in the state playoffs.

Lindsay Bauer Reaches a Thousand

 

By Holly Bruns

Lindsay Bauer, senior at Salisbury High School, accomplished yet another milestone in her athletic career. In the basketball game against Palisades Thursday night, Bauer scored her thousandth point while on the foul line. Going into the game with nine points until her goal, she draws a foul in the box that gave her the two point opportunity to score the last points she needed. “Foul shots aren’t my specialty, so I was really nervous,” says Lindsay.  After sinking both her shots, the crowd went wild. “I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy. I was just taking in the moment.” Lindsay Bauer received flowers, the game ball, and eventually her name on the Thousand-Point banner.

Holiday Basketball Tournament

By Holly Bruns

Over winter break, Salisbury hosted a holiday basketball tournament. Both the boys and girls team played. These games did not count towards their league record, but it did contribute to their overall record. For the girls, the visiting teams were Oley Valley, Hatboro-Horsham, and Freedom. The first game the girls lost 39-33 against Oley Valley. The following day was their second game which they lost again 43-37 against Hatboro-Horsham. After the tournament, the girls record stood with five losses and only two wins. Hopefully, the tournament was a wakeup call for the girls in what they need to work on if they want to succeed their expectations for the season. Standout player, Lindsay Bauer, was not able to win the MVP award because Salisbury was not in the final game. She did, however, win the All-Tournament-Team award. Bauer also was the leading scorer for the girls throughout the tournament.

On the other hand, the boys are having a phenomenal season thus far. The boys went into the tournament undefeated and also came out undefeated. The participating teams in the tournament were Northhampton, Quakertown, and Lincoln Leadership. The game against Northampton ended 49-35, which was the first win for the boys. The next game the following day led the boys to another win, 63-53, against Quakertown. The boys are having a great run this season being undefeated. Dylan Belletiere won the All-Tournament-Team award and Tevon Weber won MVP of the tournament. They are proving to everyone in their division that they deserve to be there and are there to win.

Girls Basketball Weekly Wrap-Up

By Ian Carson

On Friday, December 4th, the girls basketball team played their season opener against Dieruff at Dieruff’s home court. Both Junior Varsity and Varsity started the season with a tough loss. Varsity battled with Dieruff the whole game but unfortunately ended up with a 50-40 loss. JV also lost, 37-27. Varsity’s leading scorer was Lindsay Bauer with 24 points. The following day the girls traveled to Blue Mountain where both teams ended up with another loss. The Varsity score ended up as 41-22, yet again, Bauer being the leading scorer with 13 points. JV lost 39-21. The girls need to bring the intensity up a few notches if they wish to pursue a successful season.

After two rough losses to begin the season, the ladies played their first home game on December 8th against Pen Argyl. JV got their first win, 36-23, as well as the varsity team. The Varsity pummeled through Pen Argyl with a 55-22 win. Lindsay scored a total of 25 points in the first quarter alone. Bauer finished the night with a total of 34 points, including four three pointers. Two days later, December 10th, the ladies headed to Catasauqua. The varsity team ended up with a 38-20 win over the Rough Riders and JV won 49-17. Once again, the girl’s were led by Lindsay Bauer who scored 11, accompanied by Caylin Meikrantz and Caitlin Scialla’s nine points.

The ladies ended the week with a record of 2-2. They hope to continue to be a possible candidate for a league or district title. In order to do so they will need to increase the intensity and keep winning.

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