For Corey Raysely, the waiting truly has been the hardest part.
The Catasauqua junior is extremely anxious to begin the baseball season. Despite looming rain issues, he will get his wish when the Roughies open the 2017 campaign this week in Colonial league action.
It couldn’t come any sooner as Raysely has been ready since the football season ended. Raysely is ecstatic about several issues, one mainly dealing with the addition of 18 pounds to his 5-foot-10, 120-pound frame as a wide receiver and shortstop for the Roughies’ programs.
After they missed the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s baseball team appears ready to take the initial steps toward getting back to the postseason.
A good start would certainly help. The Roughies took the nod and didn’t waste any time.
Catty had its final tuneup before the regular season as they scrimmaged Liberty March 25. The two teams played eight innings and the Roughies lost a tight 6-4 battle.
With some welcomed depth and a strong returning unit, Catasauqua’s track program will look to further climb the ladder this spring.
The Roughies have nearly 60 athletes in their camp, a number that is relatively higher than normal. Yet, they will not have experience on their side in many events.
“We have been looking good so far,” said head coach Glen Reightler. “We do have quite a few underclassmen that will look to get better later in the season. But our numbers haven’t been this high in a few years. That’s a good sign for us.
After a year of honing his overall game, Rod Berger is ready to take the step to the next level.
For the Catasauqua baseball team, it could be a large one with huge ramifications.
Berger will enter his senior season with the Roughies as arguably the top pitcher in their rotation. At the moment, he shares that honor with fellow senior Colin Hawk, as the duo gradually developed into an effective one-two punch last spring.
Catasauqua’s baseball team will enter the 2017 season with some seasoned returnees in the fold as well as questions to answer and spots to fill.
The Roughies will be looking to avoid the predicament they faced at the end of last season. Due to a series of rainy weather that ravaged the area late in the season, Catty was faced with the predicament of playing five games in four days and winning four of their final six to gain a district spot.
Making his first trip, Ben Nosal wasn’t in awe of the overall spectacle and heightened atmosphere of the PIAA state wrestling championships at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Instead, the senior began to realize the significance of the end of his high school career, regardless of the final outcome. He was the first Catty wrestler in three years to make the trip.
Through their first seven games, the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team appeared to be on track to the destination of the district playoffs. The Roughies were coming off a 9-13 season, one in which they matured and developed toward the next step.
They had a 3-4 record before they played a struggling Palisades team and looked to even their season mark at .500. However, the Roughies came out flat and suffered a 28-18 defeat. From there, they also lost starter Ghia Moore, who left the program to transfer to another school.
After a stellar dual meet season, Catasauqua’s wrestling team arguably continues to have one of the most successful athletic campaigns in the school this year.
The Roughies will extend their season this weekend when senior Ben Nosal travels to Hershey for the state tournament. It has been a season in which they have reached their goals.
Catty had four regionals qualifiers, advanced 10 wrestlers into the second round of districts, and they also competed in the district duals. The Roughies also finished among the top 10 teams in the Class 2A district meet.
When they faced Valley Forge in a PIAA District 11/1 Class 3A game, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team literally has to overcome some tall odds.
Catty took the court facing a lineup that had a 6-10 center and four other players over 6-2, while their tallest player was six-foot.
Regardless, the Roughies displayed a valiant effort before they eventually fell in a 91-46 defeat at Valley Forge Military Academy. It marked the end of the 2016-17 campaign for the Roughies, who finished with an overall 9-15 mark.
As he prepares likely for one of the biggest moments in his life, Ben Nosal remembers a time when wrestling was just something to do in sixth grade. It was a sharp contrast from older brothers Shawn and Jared, both of whom were heavily involved in the sport at a young age.
“A lot of my friends were out for wrestling, so I decided to go out,” noted Nosal. “At first, I wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t the end of the world to me. But I wanted to keep working on it.