Catasauqua Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Attendees representing Northampton Area School District included, from left, Athletic Director Shaun Murray, Principal Robert Steckel, Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and football coach Mark Scisly. Representing Catasauqua, from right, are Athletic Director Thomas Moll, Principal Dave Ascani, Superintendent Robert Spengler and football coach Phil Dorn.PRESS PHOTO BY JAMES BUNTING Attendees representing Northampton Area School District included, from left, Athletic Director Shaun Murray, Principal Robert Steckel, Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and football coach Mark Scisly. Representing Catasauqua, from right, are Athletic Director Thomas Moll, Principal Dave Ascani, Superintendent Robert Spengler and football coach Phil Dorn.PRESS PHOTO BY JAMES BUNTING

Burying the hatchet before Turkey Day

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Roughies, K-Kids predict outcome of annual football game

When representatives from Catasauqua and Northampton get together for their annual Bury the Hatchet event, no one is immune from the jokes, including the Nazareth Blue Eagles.

Sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club and Catasauqua Community Club, the 70th Bury the Hatchet dinner was held Nov. 21 at the Catasauqua American Legion.

Administrators from each side took turns sharing jabs and predictions about the Turkey Day game rivalry. Catasauqua was aiming to end its three-year losing strike, while Northampton was looking to earn the four-year sweep for its senior class.

Northampton’s featured guests included Athletic Director Shaun Murray, Principal Robert Steckel, Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and head coach Mark Scisly.

Catasauqua was represented by Athletic Director Thomas Moll, Principal Dave Ascani, Superintendent Robert Spengler and head coach Phil Dorn.

When the event kicked off, both sides joked about the invading Nazareth contingent sitting in the back of the room, led by former Catasauqua head coach and current Blue Eagles coach Tom Falzone.

The suit-and-tie affair also featured a raffle with a variety of prizes.

For the third year in a row, the Turkey Day football game produced a brawl on the field. Next year, these two sides may need to bury a hatchet … literally.