Seidick, girls look to get to next level
After seeing some progress during his first year at the helm, Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick is anxious to take his team to the next level.
Their initial step will be in the Catasauqua summer basketball league to help improve their 3-19 record last season.
"Things are going well," said Seidick. "We are playing much better than we did during the regular season. The kids are playing well together. With them having some other commitments, we are getting seven or eight girls and sometimes more.
"But we are getting some girls who didn't get much time last year, more time during the summer. It has been working well for everyone."
Aside from improvements on defense, Seidick has been pleased with his club's play on the opposite side of the ball. He credited assistant coach Emily Biechy, who has done the majority of the coaching this summer.
"We're playing excellent defense," he stated. "We have been focusing on more help defense. We also have been working on some zone defense. On the opposite side, we are not making as many shots as we would like."
Kelly Sobrinski will be the team's lone, incoming senior this winter. She'll be joined by returnees Jackie Garner, Jade Biviano, Selena Safadi and Kenzie Bradley, who made a splash at point guard last season and looms as the starter this season.
"She (Bradley) has been handling the ball a lot for us this summer," said Seidick. "She has definitely benefitted from playing last year. Now, she can recognize more situations and can see the floor better. She is a better floor leader and she isn't getting as frustrated as she was last year.
"She had the benefit of having more varsity time at a small school and could have been on the junior varsity at a bigger school. She'll be counted on for her contributions this winter."
As a result, Seidick expects his club to jell despite the loss of Shiloh Sziy and Amarys Moten, both of whom were mainstays in the program the past three years.
He also is optimistic interest in the program can continue to build. The Roughies will end their summer program in the annual SportsFest tournament next week.
"I wish I had both Shiloh (Sziy) and Amarys (Moten) with us this year," said Seidick. "They both brought a lot to the program over the years.
"Right now, we have a good young nucleus. We also will have a number of incoming freshmen and we'll have a good bunch at the middle school. When students see a program that has been losing, they tend not to come out. But we know there are girls in the school who may be coming out in the winter.
"We hope to keep a positive outlook about the program."