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So, who will the boys play?

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

In all likelihood, Catasauqua's boys' basketball team will be seeing a mirror image of itself when they begin PIAA District 11 Class 2A district play in two weeks.

The Roughies, who finished with an overall 16-6 and rode a nine-game winning streak, loom as the likely team to meet Williams Valley (17-5) in the semifinal round of district play that begins Feb. 27. Since only four teams qualified, Catty currently holds the number one seed in Class 2A.

But that also will likely change by Saturday morning. In order, Catty, Notre Dame, Williams Valley and North Schuylkill are the four teams in the 2A bracket.

Williams Valley met favorite Pottsville in a Schuylkill League semifinal game Wednesday night, after Press deadlines, while Notre Dame met Bangor in the Colonial League playoffs also Tuesday night.

Should both teams win their respective league playoffs, Notre Dame would take the top spot followed by Williams Valley, Catty and North Schuylkill.

When the smoke finally does clear, most scenarios will likely have the Roughies meeting Williams Valley in the semifinal round.

"We're putting all of our eggs in one basket with Williams Valley," said Roughies' head coach Eric Snyder. "The way things will likely work out, we'll be facing them. But one team can get hot and you never know.

"They (Williams Valley) are very similar to us in the fact that they don't really have one dominant player, they are not that big of a team, and they play a seven-man rotation, similar to us."

Snyder noted the Roughies' coaching staff has already scouted Williams Valley, and they threw one possibly unexpected wrinkle.

"You expect the Schuylkill League teams to play an aggressive man-to-man defense and apply the in-your-face and full-court pressure," added Snyder. "They (Williams Valley) have been playing a 3-2 zone.

"We have seen a number of those zones (3-2) this year and we should be ready for that. But we'll see one of their games before they play us."

Catty will be returning to district play for the first time since the 2010 season when they lost an opening–round game to Tri-Valley. In his 21 years at the helm of the program, Snyder's teams have made 15 appearances in the big show.

Since 1985-86, Catty has claimed three district titles – the 1986-87, 1996-97, and 2005-06 seasons. Their furthest advance in the state tournament form those titles was in 1996-97 when they advanced to the third round of the state tournament losing to Trinity at Reading's Geigel Complex.

In the meantime, Catty will have a scrimmage with Whitehall this weekend and then have plenty of practice time before they hit the court again for another district title Feb. 27.

NOTES: Senior forward Tony Brinkley and junior guard Brandon Purrone were named to the second team selections on the Colonial League Boys Basketball All-League team. Senior center Jarrid Strong was an honorable mention choice.