After they had less than their share of victories during the regular season, Wilquon Clemons and Andrew Martinez recently ended their high school careers on a high note.
Both participated for the Red team that posted a 28-14 victory over the Gold squad in the 49th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic at Nazareth High School’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium June 13.
Northampton’s Legion team ended last year’s campaign in the opening round of the state regional playoffs with nine healthy players.
Unless injuries arise again, that shouldn’t be a problem for them this season.
Depth won’t be an issue for Northampton, as it has an abundance of players from the EPC champion high school team as well as some recent graduates who are playing on the collegiate level.
As a result, Northampton won five of its first six games (5-1), suffering its first loss to Banko’s (7-2) Sunday.
If the summer league turnaround is any indication about the regular season, Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder could find himself in a promising situation.
In their games in the Catasauqua and North Catty leagues, the Roughies continue to have a healthy turnout. They are looking to reverse the path of a 1-21 campaign last summer that the majority of the current players undergo their growing pains.
“It has been going well,” said Snyder. “We started a few weeks ago and we have four games in. There has been a good turnout and that should help us.
Catasauqua head football coach Mike McClarin knows he will succeed with a foundation.
To the second-year head coach, it is about future players and future families.
“Things are going well,” said McClarin, whose team participated in a nine-day spring ball session. “We have plenty of interest in the program.
“This is about building a community. Not just on the high school level, but also from youth on up.”
After watching a friend’s sister throw the javelin, Catasauqua’s Tory Simmons had an idea.
“I thought it was cool,” said Simmons. “I tried it and liked it a lot. It seemed pretty easy for me. I had played softball for a while, and the throwing part came pretty naturally to me.”
Naturally quickly transformed into successfully for the junior. At the Colonial League meet, Simmons finished fourth with a throw of 108-11, and she was sixth at districts with a toss of 101-10.
Their final 0-19 record wasn’t the focus of the season.
Instead, Catasauqua’s softball team will continue to take the necessary steps to gain back its respectability.
The once Colonial League upper-tier team recently has been boxed in the basement due to a number of factors. Catty is coming off four wins over the previous two seasons after 10-plus years of double-digit win seasons.
Enter Paige Kogelman.
After two years, Trinity Kern wanted to make a change.
Over that time, she had participated in several events, focusing primarily on the 400. But the senior knew there was more ahead.
“During my freshman and sophomore years, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Kern. “I knew I would still run the 400.
“I wanted to try the 300 hurdles and I decided to do it. My coaches said it was a good event for me, and I started to do well with it.”
Kern certainly did with a usual calm and loose approach.
On the surface, Catasauqua’s results at the recent Colonial League meet may not catch a lot of attention.
But to the Roughies’ staff, the results were impressive. They could lead to some notable finishes at the District 11 meet this week.
“We had so many kids who got their PRs (personal records), and they also set some school records,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “It really went pretty well for us.
“They have just kept building on their times and distances over the past few weeks and it has paid off for them.”
As a junior, Adam Reinhart’s high school career came full circle.
He became an integral part of the football team as a receiver and lineman, and continued his success with the wrestling team where he just missed a district bid.
Recently, Reinhart finished his baseball season, where again he was a major contributor as a third baseman and pitcher.
Now, he is ready to take the next step as a senior.
Until then, however, Reinhart can relish the accomplishment and memories he has created.
In second grade, Andrew Torres knew he was going to be a pitcher.
“That’s when I started playing (baseball),” said the Catasauqua junior. “My coach then thought I had potential as a pitcher. I was going to pitch in the first game I played.
“But I loved it. I loved the pressure and I loved the tension. I figured I was going to be a pitcher.’