Heading toward the postseason tournaments, Catasauqua's wrestling program continues to take some vital steps along the way.
The Roughies participated in the Coal Cracker Classic last weekend and two of the grapplers placed in the top three in their weight classes. Overall, the Roughies finished sixth in the 12-team field.
Seniors Satchel Stauffer (220) and Mike Shutta (152) finished second and third respectively in their weight classes. Also, Ben Nosal (182) picked up three wins and Anthony Stahl (106) notched a pair of victories.
Satchel Stauffer hasn't been bothered by too many things during this wrestling campaign.
The Catasauqua senior has taken this season in stride. His 24-4 overall record and reputation as one of the better wrestlers in the district at his 220-pound weight bracket has served as a perfect testimony.
He recently placed second in the annual Coal Cracker Invitational last weekend in one of the more recognized tournaments in Schuylkill County. It can be a catapult for the remainder of the season.
With an overall new cast, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock has been pleased with his team's progress this season.
The Roughies will enter this week with a 4-4 dual meet record and will participate in the annual Coal Cracker tournament. Catty also has meets with Pius X and Wilson left on their schedule before they will grapple in the district individual championships in a few weeks.
Shiloh Sziy certainly will miss her playing days at Catasauqua. It is a situation that won't be a quick exit.
The senior will end her basketball career this week and later will have her softball career left in the annals of Roughie sports history. It will be a monumental shift in her life.
"It hit me a week ago that this will be the last time I will likely play competitive basketball in the past 13 years," said Sziy. "I never really thought (my high school career) will be ending.
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick is optimistic his club can continue to be a solid foundation as well as registering some more wins.
While their three wins have been a high mark based on recent history, the first-year coach realizes his club still will experience plenty of more bumps along their record.
He pointed to a recent 54-8 loss to Palisades, a defeat that hasn't been reflective of the program. After a three-game winning streak (3-15 overall), the Roughies have lost their last five games by 30 or more points.
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder never believed his club would be in its current position this season.
With the Roughies' loss to Palmerton last week, they were officially eliminated from the post season. It was a tough task as Catty had to win its final six games of the regular season to earn a ticket to the district playoffs.
Despite a new makeup to his club, Snyder expected his club to reach another level.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder still believed it could have been done.
The Roughies will host Palmerton Thursday night in the final countdown on their current season.
Catty needs to defeat Palmerton and then win the remaining five regular season games to return to the district playoffs.
They began the week with an overall 3-13 record and a 2-8 slate in the Colonial League. The Roughies can get back to the playoffs with an 8-8 league record.
As he and his squad move through their first year together, Kyle Rusnock and his Catasauqua grapplers continue to mature individually and as a unit.
Heading into this week, the Roughies had an overall 3-7 mark, but they had a respectable 3-3 mark in the Colonial League. They recently had an impressive 54-21 victory over Salisbury.
"We're doing alright," said Rusnock. "We are holding our own and we had a nice win over Salisbury. We were competitive against Palisades and Southern Lehigh. But we have a nice spot in the league and it's good now."
For the Catasauqua girls' basketball team, it was a four-day period that proved to be mentally draining, yet truly inspiring. The Roughies won their first three games of the season during a period that not only tested their character, but also improved their mettle.
Catty won its first game of the year with a convincing 40-29 win over Northern Lehigh, followed by an inspiring 55-46 double-overtime triumph over Lehighton, and a narrow 43-41 victory over Moravian Academy.
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder recalled the 2000 season during which his team was in a similar situation.
Back then, the Roughies were floundering with a few wins, but they rallied down the stretch and won eight of their last nine games to qualify for a district spot. That squad eventually moved on to the district semifinals where the season ended in a loss to Notre Dame.