Every time she leaves the floor, Kenzie Bradley knows she can leave somewhat content.
“I tend to expect the least,” said the senior. “Whatever happens, happens. I usually can be content. I just try and do my best and whatever happens, I’ll be happy.”
Bradley is one of five seniors who soon will end their careers in the Catasauqua girls’ basketball program.
For Cullen Bond, basketball is a family thing.
More importantly, it is life.
Bond is one of three brothers who have played in the Roughies’ program. In his senior season, Bond is enjoying the fruits of the Roughies’ strong season.
It has been a time of the present and the past.
“We expected to have a good season,” said Bond, who is a 6-3 post player. “We had a bad loss to start the season against Nazareth, but then we bounced back with a big win over Notre Dame.
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team is experiencing one of its better seasons in recent years, as the Roughies are on top of the Colonial League Western Division and have clinched a district playoff spot.
Yet, head coach Eric Snyder realizes there are still some obstacles ahead.
“We have to get our scoring back,” said Snyder. “We have been getting scoring from a number of people, but teams have been scouting us and making adjustments. We have to start shooting more.
“We have done a nice job, but we still have some tough games ahead.”
Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.
The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.
It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.
The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.
This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.
Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.
With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.
“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played down to our competition at times, we really have lived up to our expectations.
Maddie Emery understands the situation.
As a senior, Emery has been an integral part of the Catty girls’ basketball and have watched the team have its share of highs and lows as they struggle to gain respectability.
This season hasn’t been any different. The Roughies will begin the week with an overall 3-10 record, looking to shake a four-game losing streak.
“We have the talent, but we are small,” said Emery about her team’s plight. “We don’t have a big girl like some of the other team in the league. That can be a problem.
As they begin play in January, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team is looking to ride some momentum as well as continue to develop some depth.
The Roughies began January play with an overall 3-7 record, fresh off an appearance in the championship game of the Wilson Tournament.
Catty defeated Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the opener of the tournament and then they fell to Wilson, 46-25, in the final. Kenzie Bradley had a team-high 11 points in both games.
With January coming with a blast of new weather, Catasauqua’s wrestling team is taking a similar cue.
“We wanted to be healthy for January,” said first-year head coach Joe Russo. “We had a few meets, but we know we have a busy January schedule, and our season really kicks into gear.
“We had some wrestlers injured, but we believe we can have a solid lineup. This will be a busy month for us and we’ll get a good feel for what kind of team we have.”
Andrew Brett wasn’t going to be denied.
The senior quarterback tore his ACL in the team’s final home game against Southern Lehigh, and it appeared his season was over.
Still, Brett was confident he would return for the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton.
Brett did and managed to throw for 141 yards in his final high school football contest. But Brett still had his final basketball season on the horizon.