The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.
Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.
The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer beater to send the CHS Gymnasium into a frenzy.
Then the halftime whistle blew.
The Catasauqua boys basketball team has put up some flashy games on offense this season, scoring 84 points against Notre Dame-Green Pond, 73 at Northwestern, and 69 against Palmerton.
But in order to hold off Moravian Academy on Jan. 6, coach Eric Snyder knew the game needed to be won on defense.
The Rough Riders defeated the Lions 59-52, less than 20 hours after beating Salisbury the night before. Catty improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial League.
Through the first half of the Catasauqua girls basketball season, coach Ed Seidick searched for a backcourt running mate to pair with senior Makenzie Bradley.
After two strong weeks since the holiday break, freshman Alexis Rushatz has latched on to the role thanks to tenacious defense and an improving 3-point shot.
The Rough Riders dropped an overtime contest to Salisbury on Friday, Jan. 5, but Seidick is pleased with the way his younger players are developing.
North Catasauqua Borough Council elected to maintain status quo for most of its positions at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.
Peter Paone will continue to serve as president. John Joseph Yanek will remain vice president, and Michele Hazzard will serve as president pro tempore.
Council welcomed its newest member, Joseph T. Keglovits, who assumed the seat that was previously held by William Nothstein.
Steve Goudsouzian will remain the borough’s solicitor, and David Kutzor will continue to serve as the borough’s zoning officer.
After opening the season with arguably the area’s toughest schedule, the Catasauqua girls basketball team found the win column against Saucon Valley on Monday, Dec. 18.
The Rough Riders defeated the Panthers 29-27 behind 12 points from senior guard Kenzie Bradley and a strong defensive effort.
Saucon Valley led 8-3 after the first quarter, 13-8 at halftime, and 20-15 after the third quarter, but Catty ended the game on a 14-7 run to pick up its second win of the season.
North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the 2018 budget at its meeting Dec. 12.
Treasurer Annette Englert announced $587,075 would be available in the borough’s sewer fund, and $1,628,150 would be designated to the general fund. Both were unanimously approved.
With a few lingering bills and invoices still in flux, a surplus of funds from the 2017 budget is expected to carry into next year, but the amount is unknown.
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.
At the Nov. 14 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, President Peter Paone announced that Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Northampton will participate in joint discussions with UGI about the gas company’s upcoming work in the area.
“I’ve been in contact with UGI, and they would like to share with us, Northampton and Catty their long-term infrastructure and improvement plans,” Paone said. “They’d like to provide us with a map of what their plan is for tearing up streets over the next several years in order to do gas line improvements.”
First there were touchdowns.
Then there were takedowns.
For the third straight year, the annual Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving football game featured a brawl. Officials ended the contest with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter after a routine K-Kids run erupted into a scrum.
When the dust settled, Northampton left Al Erdosy Stadium with a 46-19 victory. It was the K-Kids’ fourth-straight win in the series, giving the Northampton senior class a sweep over their rival.
As North Catasauqua Borough’s departments prepare their spending for next year, one big variable remains: Will the proposed Willowbrook development stay on schedule?
The borough finance committee presented its proposed 2018 budget to borough council members at their Oct. 24 meeting.