When the Roughies take the field for their annual showdown against Northampton Thanksgiving morning, it might to safe to say that it will be a different team that took the field several weeks ago.
Back then, the Roughies had an influx of several new and first-year players in starting spots, as their starting lineup was riddled with injuries.
Now, the Roughies will field a lineup in which they began the season having many starters returning from injuries in time for their 92nd annual meeting with the Konkrete Kids.
Until last season, Dave Wetherhold played point guard. It was a process that began in fifth grade and continued through his junior year.
Last season, Wetherhold moved to shooting guard alongside point guard Brandon Purrone. This time around, it was a move that he gradually became accustomed.
This past summer with Purrone graduating, Wetherhold took the first steps toward his senior season with the Roughies boys' basketball program when he moved back to the point, a position he will officially begin when practice began on Monday.
When he took over as head cross country coach two years ago, Kyle Rusnock joked with former athletic director Tom Moll that he only needed a van to transport his team.
But, Rusnock also stated that he would need two buses for the same task in a few years.
Based on some recent growth in the program, Rusnock's prognostication will apparently come to its fruition.
Sitting atop the standings of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) over the past few weeks, Northampton apparently has shaken off all the rust from an uncharacteristic 2013-14 season in which they finished with an overall 6-7-2 record.
The perennial champions have regained their winning ways as they were undefeated in the first five games of the season and likely will be a contender for the LVSHL crown this winter.
Catasauqua head field hockey coach Carrie Saul views this past season as one filled with anxiety and anticipation.
The Roughies recently concluded their season with a 7-0 defeat to Northern Lehigh in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs and finished with an overall 10-9 record.
It was the third consecutive appearance in the postseason for the Roughies in as many years as Saul has been in charge of the program. Yet, there were also some bittersweet moments for them this fall.
In a season in which patience can be a true virtue, Cristian Burker understood how and why to maintain his endurance and fortitude.
The junior quarterback, who eventually took over the reins after he split time with senior Brandon Keks, believes he has improved his game both physically and mentally.
Shiloh Sziy arguably is one of the most busiest athletes at Catasauqua. Along with playing basketball, field hockey, and softball, Sziy also manages to maintain her status as a cheerleader as well as being active in a number of school-related activities.
However, she wouldn't want it any other way.
"I like to stay busy," said Sziy, who is a senior. "At times, it can be very trying. I do manage to have some time off during the seasons. But I know I want to keep going and not just sitting on the couch."
Despite having his team being ravaged by injuries and inexperience, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Dorn, who will be completing his first season at the helm, confirmed that his team will have nine players returning from injuries in time for the annual Thanksgiving Day tilt against Northampton Nov. 27.
Timing, lately, hasn't been on Catasauqua's side.
Over the past few weeks, the Roughies have been ravaged by injuries, losing as many as 19 players and nearly every starter. The recent rash has severely hampered Catty's offensive output as they have found themselves on the short end of a series of lopsided scores.
This weekend, the Roughies didn't get any breaks either. Senior wide receiver/linebacker Jake Kober was added to the injury list with a bothered ankle.
Jake Kober expected to see some changes during his senior year in the Roughies football program this fall.
He and his teammates - notably seniors - were a bit apprehensive and anxious when former head coach Tom Falzone and athletic director Tom Moll both headed northeast to Nazareth. For Kober and his seniors, it signaled a definitive change in direction with the departure of both key figures as well as a horde of seniors who all helped reshape the program over the past four years.
Still, Kober saw plenty of optimism ahead.