Kyle Zimpfer recalled how he was introduced to the center position in his freshman year.
“I never really played center before high school,” he said. “It was early in the season, and I was told to go in and play center. I had some time in practice, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
“It was kind of different going through the process, and the coaches were a great help. I had mostly played guard or tackle. But I knew once I got it down, there was no turning back.”
Devon Troxell couldn’t recall a similar event to the one that recently happened to him.
It proved to be a momentous one that could totally turn the Roughies season on an upward swing.
Troxell booted a game-winning, 28-yard field goal with 28 second remaining that lifted Catty to a 17-14 victory over Pen Argyl last weekend. The victory – their second consecutive – gave the Roughies a 2-1 overall record heading into a key showdown with Saucon Valley Friday night.
Back in 2004, Danny Richie set the course record at Willow Brook Golf Course when he shot a 62.
Since he was 14, Richie had called the Catasauqua-based course his home. He worked there in his teens and took over the course professional four years ago. The Allentown Central Catholic graduate left the area to pursue a collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, but he knew he would remain tied to his roots at the course.
A few weeks ago, Richie further solidified his presence at the course when he broke his own record by shooting a 59.
Much-needed victories usually don’t happen in the second week of the season. However, the Roughies arguably faced that task, and they answered the call.
Catty had dropped a 47-29 decision to Salisbury in their opener in which they allowed 588 yards of offense from the Falcons.
With anticipation and aspiration on a high note for the season, the Roughies couldn’t afford to put themselves in a 0-2 hole to begin the season when they traveled to Northern Lehigh, and still hold reasonable hopes of a .500 or better season as well as a district playoff.
For the Catasauqua boys’ soccer team, it is not all about the scoring, but the overall performance.
However, the scoring made a huge difference in their opening two games.
The Roughies began the season with two consecutive impressive victories, firing 13 total goals into the net. They rattled Northern Lehigh, 9-0, and then followed with a comeback 4- 1 victory over Lehighton.
New head coach Josh Inman already has seen plenty of positives.
Wil-Quon Clemons wasn’t totally aware of his record-setting, career-high night against Salisbury last week.
The junior running back rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Roughies’ 47-29 loss to the visiting Falcons.
“I knew I would get the bulk of the carries,” said Clemons. “To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I just tried to run as hard as I could. It was good getting all of the work.
On Friday night, Catasauqua’s football team will be looking for history to repeat itself.
The Roughies will travel to Slatington to meet Northern Lehigh in a battle of winless teams. Catty lost to Salisbury, 47-29, while Northern Lehigh was shutout by Southern Lehigh, 42-0.
A year ago, Catty opened its season at Salisbury and suffered a 38-24 defeat. They then rebounded with a second-half surge against Northern Lehigh with a 39-31 win to even their record at 1-1.
They hope their trip north isn’t a wasted one, but one that again will be a worthy one.
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.
With a major tournament on the horizon, Catasauqua’s playground men’s basketball league is also winding down its season. The 10-team league playoffs began in July and recently concluded leading up to the start of the Tournament of Champions, which begins next week (see related story above).
Ohlson Landscaping defeated the Nites 76-70 to win the Catty League title. They advance to the TOC along with the Blue Monkey, which was the regular season champ.
Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.
He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”
So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league every year would be the host site.