Over the next few weeks, Catasauqua’s wrestling program is looking to take a turn upward.
Beginning this week, the Roughies had two matches left on their Colonial League schedule, ones that could have a dramatic effect to the end of their season.
Catty traveled to Palmerton Wednesday night and then will host Northwestern the following Tuesday. The Roughies began the week with a 4-2 mark in the league and the outcomes of their last two matches will determine whether or not they can participate in the Colonial League Duals Jan. 30.
Over her three years, Kenzie Bradley has run the full gamut with the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team.
She made a splash as a freshman and began playing at both the point and shooting guard spots for the Roughies. Over the past two years, the trend has continued.
Over the past two seasons, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team dealt with the issue of putting the ball in the basket. The Roughies struggled with their scoring in spurts throughout both of those seasons and found themselves on the outside of district playoff berths.
This year, the trend reversed itself. In the early part of the season, Catty has little trouble finding the mark as they rolled out to a 5-3 start.
Lately, though, history has been repeating itself.
January is the typical time when runners can still take advantage of the outdoors. That is, if the weather cooperates.
Dressing appropriately and hydrating are still the keys when the temperatures drop and wind chills come into play.
Layering and not wearing heavy sweatshirts can help keep your body cooler and also help you keep your pace. Coconut water is a great resource before and after running as well as water. Stay away from energy drinks as they are typically loaded with either caffeine and/or sugar.
With half of their season behind them, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team understands their task ahead.
After nine wins and finishing just short of a district berth last year, the Roughies still have their sights set on getting to the postseason. This time around, the road will be bumpier.
The Roughies will begin the second half of the year Friday against Northern Lehigh with a 3-8 record. They need to record five more wins, but they still get a berth with less than that as eight teams will qualify for district play in Class 3A.
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder previously has been down this road.
He sees his team beginning a stretch run Friday night at Northern Lehigh that will play in the outcome on whether the Roughies can return to district play for the first time in two years.
Catty needs four more wins over their last 11 games to gain a ticket to the district playoffs.
When she was very young, Montana Muller had already decided that she didn’t want to play the usual sports. She wanted to try something out of the ordinary.
At age 5, she began to venture into the world of gymnastics. Nearly 10 years later. Muller has never looked back.
The Catasauqua freshman has developed to where she has been a regular state and state regional area qualifier among the top-10 performers in her categories over the past few years.
It’s easy to see how it has been a perfect fit.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team will begin the new year with plenty of promise as well as a challenging January ahead. The Roughies ended December on a high note when they downed Southern Lehigh, 36-21.
In the match, Ben Nosal (220) and Tyler Youseff (195) both continued their strong season by registering falls and Bradley Panto also broke through with a fall at 160. Malik Sharif (113) looked good in a 9-2 decision and Jacob Lastch (182) brought home a 8-3 win. Bradshaw Henning (108) and Tyler Melendez (126) both were awarded forfeits at their respective classes.
As he heads into the bulk of the wrestling season, Tyler Youssef won’t be short on motivation.
“My goal is to get to districts, regionals, and states,” said the senior. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it is a tournament or a dual meet. I’ll give everything I have every time out there.
“We as a team have a good group of seniors on the team that can provide leadership. It is a big thing for me, and seniors [Ryan] Greene and [Ben] Nosal. My mindset is to get a district medal first and then move on.”
Entering his junior year at Franklin and Marshal, Zack Bradley had mixed feelings of anxiety and doubt.
The former Catasauqua standout, who rewrote the school’s passing records in 2012 and 2013, believed he had a solid chance at being the starting quarterback for the Diplomats after seeing sporadic action at the position his first two years.
However, it wasn’t until the fourth game of the season when Bradley took over at the helm.