Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Boys hope to be past rough patch

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Throughout the early part of the season, Catasauqua’s boys’ soccer team played with plenty of promise and optimism, getting out to a 2-2-1 start under first-year head coach Josh Inman.

Then, like most teams during a season, the Roughies hit the proverbial wall.

Catty dropped three consecutive games, suffering shutouts against Southern Lehigh (6-0), Moravian Academy (4-0), and Salisbury (3-1). However, they bounced back with a 6-0 thumping of Lehigh Valley Christian Tuesday afternoon.

After the win, the Roughies improved to 3-5-1.

Palisades up next for CHS football

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

On paper, it easily can look like a mismatch.

Catasauqua will enter their game against Palisades Friday night with an overall 2-2 record. After the Roughies dropped their opener to Salisbury, they rallied to post consecutive wins against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before they fell to Saucon Valley last weekend.

Conversely, Palisades hasn’t missed a beat.

Girls search for goals

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In their first three games of the season, Catasauqua’s girls’ soccer team was among the top team in the Colonial League and also recognized as one of the rising teams in the Lehigh Valley.

The Roughies had disposed of Northern Lehigh and Wilson and then battled league contender Saucon Valley to a draining, 0-0, double overtime tie. Catty apparently was riding high with a 2-0-1 record.

“Saucon Valley threw everything at us,” said head coach Randy Gillespie about the game.

“We played 100 minutes of soccer and left everything out on the field. That was huge for us.”

Rodriguez happy to be back on field

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After playing football since he was seven and wrestling in the eighth grade, Derrick Rodriguez decided not to play any sports in his freshman year at Catasauqua.

To this day, he doesn’t have the answer to that decision.

“I went out for wrestling in eighth grade and I really liked it,” said Rodriguez. “When I got to high school, I didn’t go out for any sports. I really don’t know why. It just happened.

“But I soon realized I wanted to go back.”

Harriers running well so far this year

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Literally speaking, Catasauqua’s cross country team continues to make strides.

With increasing depth and lowering times, the Roughies should be a force throughout the season and beyond.

“Our runners are running really well,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a good summer and the kids worked very hard. We are starting to see the results and it will look better as the year goes on.

“We have been improving in several ways.”

Catasauqua tops PA with Saucon Vy. looming

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Defense.

These days, it is the new mantra around the Catasauqua football program.

The Roughies’ recent stout defensive effort has produced two impressive wins over Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl. In the latter, Catty also had their character and mettle tested in a last-minute, 17-14 victory over the Green Knights.

With 57 second left in the game, Devon Troxell booted a 28-yard field goal to lift the Roughies to victory. The win gave the Roughies an overall 2-1 record, as they recorded consecutive road victories for the first time since the 2013 season.

Linemen pave the way up front for CHS

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Kyle Zimpfer recalled how he was introduced to the center position in his freshman year.

“I never really played center before high school,” he said. “It was early in the season, and I was told to go in and play center. I had some time in practice, but I really didn’t know what to expect.

“It was kind of different going through the process, and the coaches were a great help. I had mostly played guard or tackle. But I knew once I got it down, there was no turning back.”

Troxell kicking well for soccer, football teams

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Devon Troxell couldn’t recall a similar event to the one that recently happened to him.

It proved to be a momentous one that could totally turn the Roughies season on an upward swing.

Troxell booted a game-winning, 28-yard field goal with 28 second remaining that lifted Catty to a 17-14 victory over Pen Argyl last weekend. The victory – their second consecutive – gave the Roughies a 2-1 overall record heading into a key showdown with Saucon Valley Friday night.

Richie breaks Willow Brook record

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Back in 2004, Danny Richie set the course record at Willow Brook Golf Course when he shot a 62.

Since he was 14, Richie had called the Catasauqua-based course his home. He worked there in his teens and took over the course professional four years ago. The Allentown Central Catholic graduate left the area to pursue a collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, but he knew he would remain tied to his roots at the course.

A few weeks ago, Richie further solidified his presence at the course when he broke his own record by shooting a 59.

Catty beats Nolehi as Penn Argyl is up next

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Much-needed victories usually don’t happen in the second week of the season. However, the Roughies arguably faced that task, and they answered the call.

Catty had dropped a 47-29 decision to Salisbury in their opener in which they allowed 588 yards of offense from the Falcons.

With anticipation and aspiration on a high note for the season, the Roughies couldn’t afford to put themselves in a 0-2 hole to begin the season when they traveled to Northern Lehigh, and still hold reasonable hopes of a .500 or better season as well as a district playoff.