Since she was very young, Julia Lacey knew she was destined to play basketball. Basketball is a common thread in the Lacey family.
Her father, Jim, played at the University of Tulsa, and he three older sisters were standouts in the Roughies’ program.
So, it was easy for the youngest sister of the family to follow in their footsteps, and she was among five seniors that were honored during the Roughies’ Senior Night ceremonyheld recently. Lacey scored 10 points in the victory over Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.
It can be easy to assume the progress of Catasauqua girls’ basketball team simply based on a 3-19 record.
Just don’t tell first-year head coach Mark Seremula.
“I thought it was a good year,” said Seremula. “The kids learned a lot, and they competed all season long. We got better and we were in more games this year.
“We stayed in games longer, but we hit droughts putting the ball in the basket.”
The Roughies will lose seniors Cassie Barna, Allanah George, Amy Huber, Julie Lacey, and Taylor Richards, but they will return a seasoned core.
Over his past four years donning the Brown and White, Andrew Martinez as experienced his share of highlights and lowlights on the fields and courts.
However, the past six months may have been the true acid test. His strong character traits helped lighten a heavy situation.
Martinez has endured a 1-10 season on the gridiron as the team’s quarterback and has been mired in a 1-16 basketball season to begin the week, one that could eventually result in possibly one other win in the mix.
Over the past five seasons, Catasauqua’s football program has struggled.
The Roughs have won five games during the span due to often playing against larger schools with bigger rosters and their own development.
Now, the Roughies will face the majority of their future opponents on a more level field.
The Colonial and Schuylkill leagues recently announced a 28-team football merger that will take effect in the 2020 season.
On a typical winter night, Lexi Rushatz is returning home from a traveling soccer practice after basketball practice.
It is just another athletic-filled day for the Catasauqua sophomore.
“It (soccer) is usually one or two nights a week,” said Rushatz. “I play soccer the whole year. I enjoy all the sports I play and I don’t really get tired.
“I need to keep busy.”
Busy can be an understatement.
Derek Troxell and Derek George both envision themselves, and the rest of their sophomore class, being a force in the Colonial League in the next two years.
In the meantime, both are learning and working their way as starters through a transition year for the Roughies in which they had one win (1-13) entering play this week. Troxell has been averaging roughly 10 points per game, and George approximately nine per contest. George had 21 and 22 in his last two games, both career highs at the time.
LaVonte Bouie cherishes every moment he performs on the mat for the Roughies or with the Catty marching band.
He once thought the chances would never come again.
Over the past year, the junior, who wrestles at heavyweight, has battled through a series of health problems, ones that nearly ended his high school career.
It began in July 2017 when he began experiencing a series of chest pains and it eventually sidelined him for the football season. However, he was allowed to perform in the marching band.
Through their first nine games, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team has experienced its share of growing pains.
The Roughies have been in their share of games this winter, but their lack of experience hasn’t allowed them to close the door. As a result, Catty has struggled with an overall 1-8 mark, its lone win at Pen Argyl (51-40) Dec. 17.
“We play hard, but we eventually run out of gas,” said head coach Eric Snyder. “We shoot ourselves in the foot with unforced turnovers.
“One of our big faults is missing very makable shots.”
With some momentum behind them in recent weeks, Catasauqua’s wrestling team is looking toward a strong second-half finish.
The Roughies began the year by placing fourth in their own tournament in early December, having Jaryn Hartranft (106), Austin Brett (120), and Adam Reinhart (182) finishing as runners-up in their respective weight classes. Overall, seven wrestlers placed in the tournament.
Brett, a sophomore who was 11-7 last season with a fourth-place finish in districts, sees plenty of promise ahead.
In her last season, Allanah George is enjoying the moments.
With a full slate of athletics, academics, and commitments, George makes the most of them.
“I think we are all enjoying this year than the previous ones,” said George, a senior. “The practices are very competitive and it has been a good year in many ways.
“A lot has changed with the program for the better.”
George, who is one of five seniors on the team, hasn’t placed all of the emphasis on winning games, as the Roughies entered the holiday break with an overall 1-6 mark.