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Press photo by Linda Rothrock Amarys Moten was a key contributor this season for the girls. Press photo by Linda Rothrock Amarys Moten was a key contributor this season for the girls.
The CHS Athletic Department celebrated Catasauqua Youth Sports Night for girls basketball during the girls varsity basketball game against Northwestern on Thursday evening, Feb. 5, in the high school gymnasium. Players and coaches were introduced and honored on the court during halftime. press photos by Linda rothrock The CHS Athletic Department celebrated Catasauqua Youth Sports Night for girls basketball during the girls varsity basketball game against Northwestern on Thursday evening, Feb. 5, in the high school gymnasium. Players and coaches were introduced and honored on the court during halftime. press photos by Linda rothrock
Seniors Shiloh Sziy escorted by her mom Alexis Sziy and Amarys Moten escorted by her mom Jessica Jenny and her step-father Bryan Jenny. Both Shiloh and Amarys have been playing basketball for 12 years. Seniors Shiloh Sziy escorted by her mom Alexis Sziy and Amarys Moten escorted by her mom Jessica Jenny and her step-father Bryan Jenny. Both Shiloh and Amarys have been playing basketball for 12 years.

Amarys Moten rededicated her game

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Last season, Amarys Moten decided to take a different approach to her basketball game. She also was exposed to a new phase on and off the court in her junior year.

"During my first two years, I probably didn't take the game as serious as I should have," recalled Moten. "Softball always has been my real passion. I liked playing basketball, but I didn't have the same passion for it.

"Last year, I really wanted to work on my skills. I wanted the year to be a better one for me. It was more of a serious year for me, and I really wanted to play well all the time."

Fortunately, Moten did just that.

She became more of a contributor to the program and began to establish her presence.

When she came back for her senior season this winter, Moten served as a team captain and made her final year in a Roughie uniform a memorable one.

"Last year, we had a new coach (Dave Troxell) and we all adjusted to him," noted Moten. "When he (Troxell) became the athletic director, we were all nervous about having a new coach. But we gained confidence in (head coach Ed Seidick) and we all took on our roles."

Moten stepped into a leadership role on the team, and it was a new transition. She also was an offensive force for the Roughies.

"I was a little nervous at first and I didn't know what to expect," said Moten. "My family and others told me to do my best and not to be afraid to be a leader. The underclassmen knew what I was trying to do and they responded well.

"We all had a good sense of respect for one another."

Seidick welcomed the new approach from his senior.

"Amarys was a good leader for us this season," said Seidick. "She adjusted to her new role and she also was a consistent scorer and rebounder for us. Her whole game came together for us this season."

Moten will miss basketball, but she knows softball is on the horizon. She will attend Northampton Community College next fall, and has been in contact with the basketball coaches there. Moten plans to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology.

"There were times where I didn't think I would last with basketball," said Moten. "But now I am glad to be here for four years. It will be sad to leave and it was worthwhile."