Boys loaded with speed and skill
After reaching the District 11 Class 2A final with a solid overall team, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder realizes what his squad's strength likely will be this winter - speed and skills.
"We don't have a lot of height," said Snyder, who will begin his 23rd year at the helm of the Roughies program. "We will have a lot of medium-sized kids with good ball-handling skills. This will be a little bit of a different makeup of a team.
"But they had a good summer and there is a good chemistry here already. We're looking forward to another good year."
The retuning strength of the Roughies will be in the backcourt of shooting guard Dakota Schiffer and point guard Dave Wetherhold. Both of them have played pivotal roles in the team's rotation over the past few seasons, and they both apparently have meshed well.
"They both really feed off each other," noted Snyder of his backcourt. "They have really developed a sense of where each other is on the court. They have been able to set each other up, and they are moving the ball well among themselves."
Up front, the Roughies will be looking to Kevin Bond, Ricky Houser, and Sean Klobosits, all of whom could find themselves in undersized situations on some nights, as each of them hover around the 6-2 mark.
"Klobosits saw more time for us this summer," said Snyder. "He can be a scorer, and had been developing. Houser has the potential to be a key factor for us, especially if he can stay healthy. Bond just has an incredible natural instinct for blocking and changing shots. He (Bond) jumps well and he is working to be a presence down low."
Jake Kober can play both in the back and front court, and he is expected to spend most of his time playing a forward spot. Brandon Keks and Shaquon Mason should also see time at a forward spot this winter. Isaiah Graves has been impressive in the early going and will see time in the backcourt.
"Kober will likely be playing some forward for us and he is one of our toughest kids out there," said Snyder. "Brandon Keks is another player who gives everything he has. Shaquon (Mason) had a really food summer and he will help us."
Overall, Snyder has been pleased with his team's preseason, as they looked steady in a recent scrimmage against Moravian Academy.
The Roughies will open the season against Nazareth Friday with a rotation of eight or nine players.
"We looked good in the scrimmage," stated Snyder. "We played six quarters and we looked very good in four of them. We wore down in the last two. But I'm happy with our rotation. We have a good mix right now."
Snyder's squad will be in a new divisional alignment in the Colonial League, and the Roughies also will not face longtime nemesis Notre Dame in the postseason this winter as the Crusaders are moving to the Triple-A bracket.
"Things will be very competitive for us in the new divisions," said Snyder. "There won't be a night off. But we'll be ready."