Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas knew this season would be different, yet he still had some high expectations.
The Roughies entered the season with a handful of returning starters from program that has established itself among the finest in the Lehigh Valley the past three seasons. However, the Roughies remained a contender for the Colonial League crown and an expectant for the district playoffs.
In his 10 months as athletic director at Nazareth High School, Tom Moll realized there were many similarities between directing the Blue Eagles program and also the Roughies, one he did for eight–plus years.
He noted the collection of head coaches - many Nazareth alums – who developed into living legends at the school, much like Catasauqua. Moll also could equate the comparative size of both schools and their climate, as Nazareth is one of the smallest schools in the East Penn Conference along with Catasauqua holding the same distinction in the Colonial League.
Even though the season is nearly five months away, Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder already has the wheels in motion.
The boys team has begun play in both the Catasauqua Adult Basketball league and the North Catasauqua Basketball League, and they will look to be involved in the upcoming Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments next month.
Snyder is always optimistic his club will benefit from playing in an adult league. Through last weekend's play, the Roughies had three games under their belts and they recently beat Saucon Valley.
In many ways, Chloe Andreas is your typical ambitious and studious 14-year-old.
However, in other ways, she is a few years ahead of her peers' pace.
She is a freshman at Catasauqua High School and is a member of the school's chorale and a member of the scholastic scrimmage team. Through the second and third marking periods, she was ranked first in her class.
In the past, Andreas has dabbled in the athletic realm as she has played on softball and basketball teams. But a few years ago, Andreas admittedly found her niche.
Having his team advance to the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs this spring, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley certainly was more than pleased.
"We really didn't have a lot of experience on this team for the year," said Bradley. "We had two players back and another who was with us for a half a season. We really did better than I expected. We were in every game and these kids really worked hard all year."
The Roughies' season unceremoniously ended in a 1-0 defeat to North Schuylkill and left them with an overall 10-11 record.
Joe Rothrock likes to help.
It's a primary reason why the senior will pursue a career in social work and psychology. Rothrock also expected more of himself on the diamond this spring.
"I thought I would have a better season that I am having," said Rothrock, who primarily has been the Roughies' first baseman this year. "It has been a decent year. Overall, I believe that I have done well, but I have made a few errors that I could have avoided.
"I just tried to do whatever I could to help this team."
Even though she won the shot put competition at the Colonial League meet, Trinity Henderson wasn't happy and she knew the reason.
"I didn't throw the best I could then," said the Catasauqua senior. "I just didn't try as hard as I could. It was just one of those days when it didn't come together for me. I actually throw better when I am nervous.
"I really didn't sense any pressure."
Catasauqua seniors Trinity Henderson and Ricky Houser won their respective events as expected, but a handful of other Roughies captured their personal bests at the recent Colonial League meet at Whitehall High School.
Henderson won both the girls' discus and shot put events, notching a new personal best in the discus with a throw of 100-2. She won the shot with a throw of 36-4 and also finished ninth in the javelin.
Houser won the long jump and was third in the triple jump. Henderson and Houser led a field into this week's PIAA District 11 meet also at Whitehall.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley is just happy to be there.
Over the past few weeks, the Roughies have experienced a myriad of emotions during a series of trials and tribulations on the field. They managed to win three of their last five regular-season games that left them with a 10-10 overall record and earned them a bid to the districts playoffs that will begin next week.
In a must-win season finale, Catty pounded out a 9-4 win over Lehighton and they also had an unusual 2-1 victory over Northern Lehigh, one in which was decided on a balk.
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