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Press photo by Linda RothrockCam Ritter is enjoying his senior season on the high-flying Roughs. Press photo by Linda RothrockCam Ritter is enjoying his senior season on the high-flying Roughs.

Ritter, Roughs have the right chemistry

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.

Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.

With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.

“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played down to our competition at times, we really have lived up to our expectations.

“We have shot the ball well and played together. We beat Notre Dame early, and now we are one of the big guns in our league.”

It is especially pleasing to Ritter, who is enjoying his final year in the Roughies’ program.

“Being a senior makes it special,” he added. “I don’t want to go out there for any game and play with any regrets.

“I know there are only so many games left, and I have to do the best I can out there every game.”

Ritter also has noticed a tighter bond among his teammates.

“We are all very close,” he said. “This has been my best year. We all push each other to get better.

“All of us have a role on the team and we have great depth this year. Each of us know that we could lose some time to someone else if we are not working as hard as we can. It’s a great competition that motivates all of us.”

Head coach Eric Snyder appreciates Ritter adapting to the team’s philosophy.

“He is a senior co-captain who doesn’t start, but he knows his role,” said Snyder about Ritter. “He gives us great energy and spark off the bench. He knows, accepts, and embraces his role.”

Ritter has relished his leadership role on the team.

“I don’t mind be a co-captain and I am comfortable with it,” he said. “Being around different sports, I am used to being in that role. I want to do whatever I can to help us move along.”

Along with basketball, Ritter has run cross country and played soccer and baseball. It always is a bust fall for him with both cross country and soccer. However, this fall was a bit of a letdown.

“Overall, the fall was disappointing,” he said. “In soccer, we should have had a better season and we missed districts by one game.

“In cross country, we got bumped up to AA in the postseason and it made it difficult. When I went to states as a sophomore, we were in the A bracket. We had to run against the bigger schools.”

Ritter, whose real name is Steven, credits his father, Steven, for his direction and inspiration in sports.

“My dad has coached me in every sport,” said Ritter. “After every game or meet, he critiques me and helps me get better. He not only has helped me in sports, but in every aspect of my life.”

Ritter plans to attend Wilkes University next fall to pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist. He was inspired to attain the goal by his eighth grade teacher, Mr. Bond, who influenced his choice. Ritter also participated in the St. Luke’s Shadow program, getting a hands-on feel to the career.

In the meantime, Ritter will be helping to keep the right combination for the Roughies.