With a seasoned lineup in place, Catasauqua’s wrestling team will be looking to make an impact at the District 11 Class 2A individual wrestling championships at Freedom High School this weekend.
The Roughies likely will have all of their weight classes filled except for 220 and 285. Head coach Kyle Rusnock believes his team will be ready to challenge for one of the top-five seeds that will advance to the Southeast Regionals the following weekend at Wilson West Lawn.
A few years ago, Selena Safadi’s first instinct with the ball was to pass it.
Since then, basketball life has changed for the Catasauqua junior guard. It was just a matter of believing in herself.
“It really was a matter of confidence,” said Safadi. “When someone passed me the ball, the first thing I used to do with it is get rid of it. Now, I am looking to shoot if I believe that I have a good shot.
Ten years ago, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball program felt like they were literally on top of the sports world.
A shot that will live in Roughie sports lore also helped the sports world discover who they were.
It was ten years ago this week that the play described as “Morton’s Miracle” or “Morton’s Moment” occurred, and its effect still lingers in the hearts of the Roughie basketball faithful as well as basketball junkies in the Lehigh Valley.
When he looked back at the boys’ basketball season, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder had some regrets and disappointments about the steady inconsistencies that plagued his squad all season.
In what possibly could have been a springboard back into the postseason, Snyder believed he should have went with his past judgment instead of the typical response in the Roughies’ final game against Southern Lehigh in the opening round of the Colonial League playoffs.
With his high school career winding down, senior Devin Greene remembers when it wasn’t as successful as its current state.
“When I was younger and even into my freshman year, I probably wasn’t as a good as I could be,” said Greene referring to his wrestling. “I know what it is like to be the bad kid on the team. But I kept working and my brother really gave me the boost that I needed.”
Younger brother Ryan, a junior, experienced success in his early years and he has served as an inspiration and role model to his older brother.
Fittingly, the Roughies saved one of their best performances for last. It eventually led to a path that was thought to be abandoned.
Catty traveled to Northern Lehigh Monday night in its penultimate game of the regular season with an outside possibility of playing in the postseason. Their district playoff hopes were eliminated, but the Roughies still had a chance to be the sixth team in the Colonial League playoffs this weekend.
The Roughies had to do their part and rely on some outside help.
When his season began this year, Isaiah Graves had some lofty plans. He had a fairly successful freshman season, one in which he spent most of his time on the JV team and also saw time on varsity.
Graves often was his team’s leading scorer on any given night, as one of his fondest basketball memories was scoring 35 points against Notre Dame last season.
As a sophomore, Graves entered this season as one of the Roughies’ starting guards, and he was primed to launch an offensive assault on the Colonial League.
For the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team, it is a bittersweet time.
The Roughies will end their regular season this week, and a district playoff berth is out of their sights. Their chances ended with a loss at Quakertown Jan. 30.
Yet, the future for the program is as bright as it has been in the last five years.
Quinn Bachman is the lone senior on a squad that had already surpassed the most wins since the 2008-09 season (5-17), and could have the first double-digit winning season since the 2007-08 year (15-12).
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.