Catasauqua Press

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Catasauqua track team disappointed by lost season

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head track coach Kyle Rusnock had the date of March 24 circled on his calendar for a long time.

It was scheduled as the Rough Riders first meet of the season at Saucon Valley. Rusnock saw it as the launchpad to a soaring year for the Roughies.

Unfortunately, we know how this story turned out.

“I think we had the right atmosphere here and their attitude and work ethic was outstanding,” said the ever-upbeat Rusnock, before schools were closed and the season was canceled. “It really was great.

Football coaches keeping contact with players

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It is a different time for area high school football coaches as they take the initial steps in preparation for a 2020 football season.

“Football can be different from any other sport in terms of preparation,” said Northampton head skipper Kyle Haas in lieu of the coronavirus outbreak. “We have an amount of information that we plan to distribute to our offense and defense.

“We plan to implement what we want to do for the fall in a program.”

It was the Palestra and Boston Garden rolled into one

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Eric Snyder refers to it as Catasauqua’s “Palestra.” Dave Troxell likes to call it the town’s “Boston Garden.”

Snyder, the current boys’ basketball coach, and Troxell, the former girls’ basketball coach, both played and coached at the Lincoln Street Middle School Gymnasium, once a Lehigh Valley basketball mecca from 1954 to 2005.

Track captains Merkel, Simmons will miss senior year of track

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Joe Merkel initially wasn’t fazed by the shutdown of athletics across the state. In fact, he thought of it as the usual summer break.

“It really didn’t hit me at first,” said the senior about the shutdown. “With everything going on around us, I didn’t think about. But then, it felt like a vacation being off from school.

“When I did realize it, it was very discouraging. Some moments are better than others. When it did hit me, I was really sad.”

Tory Simmons thought there might be a change of heart.

Sports could fall back to old-school approach

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With the country’s current pandemic, the landscape of a possible fall sports season certainly will change, and summer leagues could be in doubt.

In some ways, it may initiate a throwback, old-school approach.

Depending on the duration of the outbreak, football teams may be forced to have limited practice time may have their heat acclimatization period in jeopardy if they want to keep the Aug. 28 kickoff intact.

Football coaches keeping contact with players

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It is a different time for area high school football coaches as they take the initial steps in preparation for a 2020 football season.

“Football can be different from any other sport in terms of preparation,” said Northampton head skipper Kyle Haas in lieu of the coronavirus outbreak. “We have an amount of information that we plan to distribute to our offense and defense.

“We plan to implement what we want to do for the fall in a program.”

Muller among those to lose spring season

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Ever since she was a young child, Montana Muller always has been active.

She found an outlet for her energies and flexibility with sports.

“My parents needed something to get me out of their hair,” mused Muller. “Since I was 5-years-old, I tried every sport around. I also started gymnastics when I was very young as well.”

For the past four years, Muller has been a district qualifier on the Rough Riders’ cross country team, and has been a pole vaulter on the track team for the past two years.

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

Catty coaches react to the lost spring season

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Longtime Catasauqua resident and administrator Eric Snyder couldn’t recall any direct parallel on how coronavirus has halted athletics, but he did recount a similar one.

In 1992, a teacher’s strike didn’t allow Snyder to coach the boys’ team, and his father and then principal, Frank “Jive,” and brother, Mark coached the team until the matter was settled.

“I was getting phone calls before and after the games,” recalled Snyder. “It was a weird and difficult situation because I had just got the job.

Catty baseball team hoping to get started

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

At the end of last season, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley was anxious about the 2020 season.

He believed a budding team with an overall 4-16 record that experienced its share of growing pains would mature into prime-time players.

With the start of the season in-doubt, Bradley’s anticipation is still climbing in hopes something can be salvaged from the spring 2020 season.

“We just didn’t have enough depth last season. We had four wins and we need to grow from that,” said Bradley before the shutdown.