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.
Over the years, Ed Seidick has always admired the work of his friend and former girls' basketball coach Dave Troxell at Catasauqua.
When Troxell recently stepped down as head coach to accept the school's athletic director's position, Seidick believed it was time to make a move in conjunction with his friend's latest ascent.
After being involved with the Northampton High School girls' program since 1992 and serving as a varsity assistant the past two seasons, Seidick was recently approved as the new head girls' basketball coach at a school board meeting.
If his team's season were to follow a preseason designated script, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn would be inserting some of his younger players into the lineup.
However, due to an increasing rash of injuries that has spread throughout the Roughies' program in recent weeks, Dorn has had to expedite the process.
Catasauqua's recent reservation for a field hockey district playoff spot was accomplished with an exclamation point.
The Roughies clinched a spot during their final home game of the season as they shutout Salisbury, 4-0. It marked the third consecutive season they have secured a district berth.
Catty followed with an impressive 3-0 shutout over Lehighton.
"It is relaxing knowing that we will be back in the playoffs," said head coach Carrie Saul, who has led the team to the postseason in each of her first three seasons at the helm. "This was one of our preseason goals."