Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Schneck always looking to get better

Friday, August 10, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In more ways than one, Jason Schneck knew he had to take his game to the next level.

He was looking forward to his summer playing days, shifting his time between the Catasauqua Connie Mack team and the boys’ basketball team.

Both of them produced some favorable results.

In baseball, Schneck hit a team-high .429 and also led the team with 20 runs scored. He also posted an overall 2-2 record with a 3.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts and 14 walks in 20.1 innings.

It was just a matter of realizing his potential and stance with the team.

Two teams share TOC title

Friday, August 10, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the 29th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), the ending was ironic and also fitting.

Curmaci Dental and Blue Monkey – both who had the same players on both teams – met in the recent TOC final at the Catasauqua Middle School instead of the Catty Playground due to weather issues.

In the end, it was Derek Hall who led Curmaci to a 74-64 victory over Blue Monkey. It also was a test of attrition as Curmaci had five players and Blue Monkey had six.

It was a true Catty-Northampton flavor night, as all but one player was either a former Roughie or Konkrete Kid.

Football team finding optimism early on

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Adjustment.

It will be one of the key words to describe the Catasauqua football program this season.

New head coach Mike McClarin is one of the many new factors on the Roughies’ landscape for the fall.

McClarin, a former Liberty High standout and former assistant coach at the school as well as Dieruff, has been impressed with the early energy and optimism from his players. The Roughies are coming off a 3-9 season and had posted an overall 9-36 mark the previous four seasons under former head coach Phil Dorn.

Northampton Legion moves on to regionals

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar didn’t want to see history repeat itself.

Unfortunately, it did.

Nazareth shutout Northampton in consecutive games to capture the Northampton County Legion (NORCO) title in a best-of-three series. Northampton suffered the same fate to Hellertown last year in the championship round.

“The same thing happened again,” said Bodnar. “Maybe the pressure gets to them. They stop doing what they have been doing the whole year.”

Girls continue to work hard

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Mark Seremula wished there was more time left in the summer season for the Roughies.

The new head coach has watched his players grow and develop toward the winter season. It is not just about winning, but it is about the overall process.

The Roughies recently competed in the A-town Throwdown tournament at Cedar Beach in Allentown against some of the better teams in the Lehigh Valley and benefitted despite a pair of defeats against Dieruff and Warren Hills.

CHS looks to continue to grow this summer

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team has their share of difficulty at the A-town Throwdown this past weekend, as they dropped all three of their games.

But the young Roughies took another step toward maturity and passed another character test.

Catty’s final game was a 70-57 loss to Sankofa, the Philly-based school and eventual champion that edged Emmaus in the final.

“They (Sankofa) were physically gifted,” said Roughies’ head coach Eric Snyder. “They could play volleyball on the boards. Our kids were very challenged.

Hain named CHS girls soccer coach

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Somehow, Chris Hain appeared destined to coach at Catasauqua.

Over the years, Hain has been involved with youth soccer groups in Catasauqua, and he was approached about applying for the head girls’ coaching position when it opened in 2015.

This spring, Hain was again suggested to apply after there was an opening this spring. He did, and recently was named the head coach replacing Randy Gillespie.

It will be his first high school head coach position.

Legion team on to next round

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.

For the most part, they have had it.

Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.

They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.

Catty girls hoops having encouraging summer

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Catasauqua girls basketball program this summer, it is all about the numbers.

To their benefit, they have been positive.

“Everything has been going well,” said new head coach Mark Seremula in reference to the summer program. “We have had a really good turnout.

“We had about 15 girls who came to the games and we have been competitive.”

The Roughies have been playing in the Catasauqua Summer League and will also play in the A-town Throwdown this weekend. They also have a junior high team in the Cementon League.

Northampton Legion team is moving on

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.

For the most part, they have had it.

Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.

They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.