Over the past few weeks, Catasauqua’s boys basketball program has begun laying a foundation for its future.
The Roughies have been participating in the Catty League, mainly fueled by 17 freshman who gained valuable experience on this past year’s squad.
“It’s amazing,” said head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder. “Some nights we have had as many as 20 kids out. We have had a solid turnout of the younger players. I try to get them all in the games.”
With a strong core returning, Catasauqua’s entry in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack league should make some noise this summer.
Kenzie Bradley and Jacob Wittman didn’t receive a medal at the recent PIAA Track and Field Championships, but the duo sent reverberations and helped set a tone for the program over the next few years.
Bradley finished 10th in the long jump and 14th in the high jump, while Wittman was 13th in the pole vault.
“Things didn’t go as planned,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock of his two athletes. “They were going against the best in the state and it was a fantastic experience for both of them.
For Catasauqua’s baseball team this season, it was all about timing.
Throughout the season, the Roughies suffered a series of untimely setbacks that eventually affected a possible district playoff berth. As a result, Catty ended its season with an overall 6-14 mark.
Head coach Steve Bradley recalled an event in his team’s final game of the season that reflected how they easily could be construed as being snakebit this year.
“We were trailing 6-5 and we lost a pop-up in the infield that could have ended the inning,” he stated. “Instead, they got a couple of runs.
After an impressive showing at the Colonial League meet, Catasauqua’s track team took another step forward at the PIAA District 11 meet.
The Roughies’ Kenzie Bradley and Jacob Wittman will be heading to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend. Overall, the Catty girls’ unit finished sixth overall.
Bradley finished second in the long jump and high jump, and she also took a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. She finished just a half inch behind Palisades’ Lydia Bottelier (17.02-75) in the long jump with a mark of 17-02.25.
Mark Seremula again happened to be at the right place at the right time.
Three years ago, Seremula left his girls’ basketball assistant’s job at Wilson and met then Catty head girls’ basketball coach Ed Seidick at the Roughies’ annual athletic department golf tournament. Ironically, Seremula is a Catasauqua resident.
It proved to be a productive connection in many ways as Seremula joined Seidick’s staff.
After an impressive showing at the recent Colonial League meet, Catasauqua sent a strong contingent to the PIAA District 11 Track and Field Championships this week at Whitehall High School.
“We were very, very pleased with everything,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “All of the coaches did an outstanding job at getting the runners prepared. Everybody hit their PR (personal record).
“They were all ready to compete at a high level. We had a great work ethic”
Two years ago, Catasauqua’s softball program figure it would take a different turn.
Perennial Colonial League and District 11 contenders for a number of years, the loss of key veterans and a handful of budding players pointed to a rebuilding year that eventually resulted in a 2-17 season.
This year, the Roughies found themselves in a similar situation with four seniors and a number of inexperienced players on the varsity level for the first time. The final results again were similar, but the path taken was a different one.
Over the past year, Catasauqua’s baseball program came full circle.
A year ago, the Roughies clinched a district playoff spot when they won their final game against Northwestern, 2-1, during a night game at Parkland High School.
Tuesday night, the Roughies ended their regular season against Northwestern at Parkland, but they were eliminated from the playoff picture.
Catty entered Tuesday’s play with an overall 6-12 record and faced the task of playing at Palmerton in the afternoon from a rainout, and then they traveled down to Parkland for a 7 p.m. start.
Luke Creyer understood that this could be the year.
Over the past two years, Creyer improved his play as a member of Catasauqua’s JV baseball team. He entered this season with high expectations and a world of potential.
“This year is a big step for me,” said Creyer. “I played JV the past two years and I knew this was the year for me to take the next step. I knew I had to work on my total game and I really feel good about things.
“The coaches have helped me with my hitting and my mechanics. I really feel everything is there for me now.”