Summer going well for CHS
In spite of having an overall experienced group back this season, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder has liked what he has seen from his prospective club in their summer league program.
Snyder is optimistic his club can shake the remnants left from an uncharacteristic 4-18 season last year that saw four starters and a key reserve graduate.
"I have been very pleased with what we have been able to do so far," said the veteran coach, who will begin his 23rd season at the helm. "We have been very competitive and we have been aggressive.
"We're a different team than last year, and we seem to have a chemistry here already. When we have everyone here for games, we can have a nice club on the floor.
"We know we can be a better club than last year. This will be a team that I refer to as an S and S bunch. We're basically seniors and sophomores."
Incoming senior Kevin Bond, who missed the majority of the season last year because of a rash of injuries, will be back in the middle.
"Kevin has been looking good, and he should be a force in the middle for us," said Snyder. "He has the uncanny ability to block shots. If he can stay healthy, he will have a strong year for us. He has been working hard this summer."
Along with Bond, Snyder will also look to seniors Nate Pontician and Shaquon Mason, and Cory Hicks to lead the pace. Hicks has a wrist injury, but he will return sooner than expected.
"Nate (Pontician) has looked good and we expect him to be a leader for us this season," said Snyder. "Cory (Hicks) is coming back sooner than we thought and we should have him for our tournaments.
"Shaquon (Mason) has been improving and he can take charge for us."
Snyder also will look to senior Josh Fogel, who returns to the program after he transferred after his freshman year. Senior Cristian Burker will be out for his first year and will provide some depth.
"Fogel was a kid who looked like he could help us before he left," said Snyder. "He'll be up front for us along with Burker, who is a raw but he is physical."
Isaiah Graves, who will likely start at the point, heads a core of underclassmen who should be in the mix. Joining him will be Andrew Brett and Miguel Hernandez among others.
"Isaiah (Graves) is getting better and better every game," added Snyder. "We have a number of other players who will get playing time. Right now, we expect Hernandez and Brett to be key contributors for us."
In the upcoming weeks, the Roughies will play in the prestigious Stellar and SportsFest tournaments, as both will be another gauge toward the future.
"We'll see how we do," said Snyder. "If we can keep progressing like we have, we should be in good shape."