Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.
The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.
Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.
Travis Brett remembered when his sons, Andrew and Austin, began playing football.
“Andrew didn’t play flag football, but Austin did,” he said. “Andrew started playing when he was six for the 80-pound team, and Austin started in flags.
“I have been blessed to have two athletic sons. They are very different. Andrew has the perfect personality to be a quarterback, but Austin is more excitable and can be nastier.”
For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.
“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.
“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”
With one game left to play, Catasauqua’s football team will look for some consolation after a season of promise quickly dissipated in the November nights.
However, it is the game with the biggest repercussion when the Roughies will take the field Thanksgiving morning in their annual rivalry game at Northampton.
Until then, there is plenty to lament.
When she recently ran at the PIAA cross country meet, Lexi Rushatz had the experience of a lifetime.
Fortunately, the freshman likely will get to enjoy a few more performances on the big stage.
Rushatz finished 198th out of 227 runners in the Class A bracket at the cross country championships at Hershey. Rushatz ran a pace of 8:12 and finished the race in a time of 25:25 on the 3.1-mile course.
It truly will be an unforgettable moment and also a challenging one.
Three weeks ago, Catasauqua traveled to Palmerton and they had trouble containing them on the ground in a 26-7 loss.
This time around, the script wasn’t much different. However, the lone difference had the two teams pitted in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal playoff game at the same site.
Palmerton again won the battle of attrition with its productive ground game in a 42-15 victory. Catasauqua (3-8) appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 2013 season, and they will prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Northampton.
Catasauqua’s soccer team has reaped some of the benefits from the past two seasons, but they realize there are more to come.
For the first time in 10 years, the Roughies advanced to a district playoff game. However, they fell short to Moravian Academy, 5-1, in an opening-round Class A bracket game. Catty finished with an overall 6-11-2 mark, one loss away from the previous year in which they just missed qualifying for districts.
Four years ago, Drew Filchner and Kenzie Bradley first met each other playing on the same traveling basketball team.
Sunday night in Catasauqua, they both moved a step closer to the final chapters in their high school careers, a fare that was mostly light hearted, yet some pretty intense.
Bradley, a Catasauqua senior, led the Roughies to a 27-0 win over Northampton in their annual Powder Puff clash at Alumni Field. The event is the first step in a series of events toward the Thanksgiving Day football battle between the two schools.
The streak is over and it’s on to the postseason.
Catasauqua’s football team snapped a six-game losing streak and stunned host Northwestern, 21-18, last Friday night, and they did it in grand fashion in the final regular season game.