CHS hoops looks to set the stage this summer season
Over the past few weeks, Catasauqua’s boys basketball program has begun laying a foundation for its future.
The Roughies have been participating in the Catty League, mainly fueled by 17 freshman who gained valuable experience on this past year’s squad.
“It’s amazing,” said head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder. “Some nights we have had as many as 20 kids out. We have had a solid turnout of the younger players. I try to get them all in the games.”
Catty will return six seniors to its lineup this winter led by Andrew Martinez, D’Angelo Martinez, Devon Troxell, Jason Schneck, Dante Kaintz, and Cody Velez from a 15-10 squad last season. Jacob Smith is the lone junior.
However, the Roughies did suffer two huge losses when second-leading scorer and forward Jaylen Green recently transferred to Allentown Central Catholic, and spot starter and reserve forward Robert Oppidasano left the school district.
Catty also will enter this winter’s play without Isaiah Graves, the school’s second all-time leading scorer as well as a core of seven seniors who were steady contributors over the past few years.
“We’ll have a different look,” said Snyder. “It was very difficult losing Green and Oppidasano. They both were a big part of our program.
“But our younger guys have been playing well and we have some height as well.”
Snyder has been impressed with underclassmen Cole Schiffer, Derek Troxell, Mason Hess, Derek George, Ty Reitz, and Donovan Walakovits. Hess is 6-foot, while George and Reitz are 6-3, and Walakovits is 6-2.
Adonis Paulino and Damian DiPaolo have looked good in the back court.
“Some of these young guys have some height and that will help,” said Snyder. “Both Paulino and DiPaolo have played hard. They just need to get some more playing time.”
Snyder will be looking forward to the upcoming Cedar Beach tournament in late June and the A-Town Throwdown — formerly SportsFest — the following week as barometers for the maturing club.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We have had a good turnout and we just have to keep developing.”