As the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walkers are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.
Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.
With his team experiencing some turbulence during their dual meet season, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock envisions some smoother paths ahead for his team in the postseason.
Before they begin that route, the Roughies will participate in the prestigious Coal Cracker Tournament this weekend that will feature 15 elite teams from the greater Lehigh Valley region. The tournament will be a two-day, bracketed-weight event.
Catasauqua’s level of success might not solely be judged on their overall record.
The Roughies began play this week with four games remaining and an overall 6-12 record. By the simple math, they can’t have a winning season.
However, the Roughies still can manage to secure either a Colonial League playoff and/or District 11 playoff spot.
Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder knows his team is at the proverbial crossroads this season.
The Roughies began the week needing to win five of their overall seven contests – all wins in the Colonial League – to earn a postseason bid and avoid being out of the districts playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Catty began the week with a 4-11 overall mark and a 4-7 mark in the league.
However, when the Roughies traveled to Palmerton Tuesday night, they were saddled with a four-game losing streak.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team has continues to progress on its journey this season. In the process, they reach heights that have been absent from the program for the past few years.
When they recently recorded their sixth win (6-8) of the season, Catty registered the most victories in a campaign since the 2008-09 season. Their six wins doubles last year’s output of a 3-19 season.
After a year of adjustment, Kenzie Bradley has found a sense of comfort on the basketball court.
“It has been a lot better than it was last year,” said Bradley, reflecting on playing the majority of the time at point guard in her freshman year for the Roughies last season. “Now I feel a lot better about the situation and we seem to be a lot happier than last year.
“We seem to get along better this year and we have a better chemistry with the team. We’re playing well and we have doubled the amount of wins we had last season.”
Catasauqua head boys basketball Eric Snyder see some promise with his basketball team, but he still believes their task will take some time.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 4-7 record and 4-5 in Colonial League play. Although Catty can still make some noise in the league, they are looking to lock down a district berth with 11 overall wins or eight league victories.
Generally, Tyler Melendez is a soft-spoken young man who doesn’t mince his words.
On the wrestling mat and other outlets, however, Melendez generally takes an aggressive approach to deliver his message.
Melendez, a sophomore, is enjoying his second year starting for the Roughies in the 120-pound bracket. It has been an ongoing transition process for Melendez, who recently dropped his weight from 126 to 120 in the Catty lineup.
Nate Pontician has had a busy year and he has sights on making it busier.
The senior did an admirable job in serving as the boys’ soccer team goalie in his first season playing soccer this past fall. Now, Pontician is trying to make the most of his lone year playing varsity basketball this winter.
Yet, it hasn’t been easy.
Since the early days of practice, Pontician has been battling back spasms, but he believes they will soon be behind him.
With the unusual batches of unseasonal warm weather that has engulfed the early parts of winters, there should have been plenty of incentive to embark on a run or walk.
It provided most of us with a comfortable start to the often cumbersome task of training through the cold for our spring and summer events ahead. If you’re not a runner but thinking about it, this period should have provided you the extra boost.