Adult league action heats up
Since the beginning of summer, Catasauqua summer basketball leagues have been in high gear.
As always, the Catasauqua Playground Summer League, the North Catasauqua Adult Summer League have been very competitive. In fact, there may be a large amount of parody floating in the air.
"Every year, we have around six or seven teams that are in contention," said Catasauqua boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder recently, who oversees both of the men's leagues. "This season, we have more teams in both the men's leagues that are really in the mix.
"It is going to be an exciting year down to the finish."
Snyder noted how Daku Auto Body in the Catty Playground League has a team comprised mainly of 2006 graduates Andrew Armellino, Brian Daku, Matt Morton, and Josh Yoo, while Friel Orthodontics has recent graduates Derek Bond, Anthony Brinkley, Alex Parker, and Jalen Nichols leading the pack.
Others in the 12-team Playground league are Imperial Auto, Muhlenberg, LVBR, Spurs, G&S Fastening Systems, Ohlson Landscaping, Munley and Saucon Valley.
"Marc's Auto Body and Daku have been good," said Snyder. "But G&S, Nites, Ohlson, and Imperial have been right there. We really have all good teams in this league. There will be no guarantees when it is all said and done.
"It should be a very good league."
In the North Catasauqua Adult League, Pammer Chiropractic, who won the league as well as the annual Tournament of Champions, have again been in the forefront.
Other teams in the 12-team field are B'town Chiefs, Mustangs, Keenan, Stellar Construction, Stew's Tires, Orange Julius, Mark Smith Realty, JFR Salvage, Brady's Blue Monkey, and Dan's Siding.
"It doesn't appear that North Catty League is as competitive this year," added Snyder. "But they should also have a good finish to the year."
The top six teams in both leagues will advance to the quarterfinal playoff round. Also, the top two teams in both leagues will receive opening-round playoff byes.
Quarterfinals in the Playground League will begin July 15 and July 20 in the North Catasauqua League. Championship games for both leagues will be July 22.
The annual and highly-touted Tournament of Champions will be held at the playground July 26-30.
"We know we'll have a good finish in both leagues," noted Snyder. "We also expect to have another good Tournament of Champions in July."