Derek Troxell knew it was his time.
The Catasauqua junior was one of two returning starters to the team this winter, and Troxell saw himself in a leadership role for the team.
So far, the tri-captain with experience since his freshman year has played his part.
“Derek has done a nice job for us and he has been a leader out there,” said Rough Riders’ head basketball coach Eric Snyder. “He has been our leading scorer and has taken control of the offense. He is the guy who will take the big shot.
“But Derek does all the little things and is a student of the game.”
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team needed a win, especially a character one. Four straight losses could have spun them further down the cycle in the final stage of their season.
Tuesday night at Salisbury, fate shined on the Rough Riders.
After they battled the Falcons throughout the first half, the Roughies had control most of the second half before they hung on for a 39-36 victory.
With the win, the Roughies raised their overall record to 3-10, while Salisbury (0-15) remained winless on the season.
For Shaziya Roberts, it has been all about confidence. The kind of confidence that has helped her shake her timidity and blossom into a team captain this winter.
The Catasauqua senior forward/center played basketball for the first time in sixth grade and then again in eight grade, but she admittedly was apprehensive about moving ahead to high school.
In fact, basketball appeared not to be a major priority. It was a sport that she played on the organized and competitive front for only two years before high school
During his current senior season, Jacob Smith has come to cherish his moments on the football field and basketball court.
When the football season began, Smith didn’t envision being there. In the summer, he initially decided not to go out for the team. Smith left the school before Thanksgiving last year for Allentown Central Catholic and returned shortly after Christmas.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team continues its slow assault toward a potential successful postseason.
The Rough Riders took third place overall from a field of eight team at the recent Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School.
It marked the third impressive tournament showing for the Roughies, who finished third at their own tournament and fourth at the Jim Thorpe tournament. They also have a 2-1 record in dual meets this season.
Head coach Joe Russo has watched his club grow throughout the year.
Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder didn’t have a good feeling walking into Nazareth’s gym Dec. 23, the date of the Roughies’ last game.
His feeling was justified when the host Blue Eagles hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.
From there, it escalated into a long night for the Rough Riders, who trailed 41-20 at the half before they suffered a 73-33 loss.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team has managed some quick starts this season due to the top of its lineup this season with Jacob Nye and Jaryn Hartranft setting the pace as one of the top ranked wrestlers in their respective weight class.
Yet, the Rough Riders bottom of the lineup also has caused it share of damage.
Seniors Adam Reinhart (182, 195), Zachary Scheirer (220) and Lavonte Bouie (285) have been the team’s perfect trifecta to round out the lineup for the Roughies.
With an impressive recent showing in their own tournament, Catasauqua’s wrestling team has high expectations for the remainder of the season.
Catty finished third overall in the annual Rough Rider Invitational Dec. 7. The Roughies registered 121 points overall behind Maryland’s Stephen Decatur (176.5) and Philadelphia’s Archbishop Ryan (157).
“We’re looking forward to a successful season,” said second-year head coach Joe Russo. “We have a number of wrestlers back who did well last year, and we have a pretty solid lineup at the moment.
For the past few years, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder has been searching for height.
Unlike the other years, Snyder will get his wish as the Roughies return a group that has their baptism under fire from a 1-21 season last year.
It will be a club laced with a healthy junior class that has grown over the previous two campaigns, similar to a favored crop ready to harvest.
“We do have some height this year,” said Snyder, who is beginning his 28th year at the helm. “We have a lot of juniors, and we don’t have a lot of freshman and sophomores.
These days, Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula understands his team is traveling in some unchartered waters.
Yet, he is confident that they soon will find a steady dock.
Despite dropping a 41-37 decision to East Stroudsburg South and suffering a 33-26 loss to Dieruff in the recent Tamaqua tournament, Seremula sees promise in the near future.