When they faced Valley Forge in a PIAA District 11/1 Class 3A game, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team literally has to overcome some tall odds.
Catty took the court facing a lineup that had a 6-10 center and four other players over 6-2, while their tallest player was six-foot.
Regardless, the Roughies displayed a valiant effort before they eventually fell in a 91-46 defeat at Valley Forge Military Academy. It marked the end of the 2016-17 campaign for the Roughies, who finished with an overall 9-15 mark.
As he prepares likely for one of the biggest moments in his life, Ben Nosal remembers a time when wrestling was just something to do in sixth grade. It was a sharp contrast from older brothers Shawn and Jared, both of whom were heavily involved in the sport at a young age.
“A lot of my friends were out for wrestling, so I decided to go out,” noted Nosal. “At first, I wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t the end of the world to me. But I wanted to keep working on it.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program continued its stellar season with an impressive showing at the recent PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual wrestling championships at Freedom and Liberty High Schools.
Fortunately for the Roughies, the show will continue.
Seniors Ryan Greene, Ben Nosal and Tyler Youssef will all advance to the PIAA Class 2A Southeastern Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School this weekend.
Catasauqua’s basketball team is headed back to the PIAA District 11 playoffs this weekend with a legitimate chance to advance to the next round.
The fifth-seeded Roughies in the Class 3A bracket will make their first appearance in two years against fourth-seeded Pine Grove at the legendary Martz Hall in Pottsville Saturday night at 7:30. Catty last faced Notre Dame of Green Pond in the district playoffs.
Even though they took some lumps, Catasauqua’s wrestling team was satisfied with their showing at the recent PIAA District 11 Class 2A team tournament.
“I think we had a good tournament and it was a great way to finish this part of the season,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock, whose team recorded a 2-2 record in four bouts. “It was one of our goals to make districts and they accomplished a number of things. I am proud of our effort.”
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team will advance to the upcoming district playoffs for the first time in two years, but the Roughies certainly will have to deal with some interesting circumstances along the way.
The Roughies closed out the regular season this week with games against Northwestern (a loss) and Notre Dame East Stroudsburg. Unfortunately, they just missed grabbing the sixth and final spot in the Colonial League playoffs when they lost a tight game to Moravian Academy in a winner-take-all for the space.
Jaylen Green can see clearly now. Literally.
Early in the season, the star freshman forward admittedly had trouble with his shooting. Green, who has a prescription for glasses, wasn’t wearing them and he knew something wasn’t right.
“I have glasses, but I wasn’t wearing them,” said Green. “I did have trouble shooting, and I realized my eyes were getting worse. I went back to get my eyes checked and I got a new prescription. From there, I got contacts and everything is much better.”
For Ryan Greene, reaching a major milestone in his wrestling career isn’t anything new.
Since he began his wrestling career in the early grades, Greene has been goal driven. He recalled how reaching an earlier high point in the Valley Youth Elementary Wrestling League was a challenge.
“I really wanted to win a championship then,” noted Greene. “I got silver in my second year when I was in fourth grade. Then I finally won it when I was in sixth (grade). I just knew I had to keep working and I figured I would get it.”
If the Catasauqua boys’ program is to get back to districts after a two-year layoff, they wanted to start the New Year and impending crammed Colonial league schedule on a high note.
For the most part, the Roughies did.
In a rescheduled game with Palmerton that was played Dec. 30, Catty held off the visiting blue Bombers in a 42-40 victory. They then picked up another win along the way in a 56-47 victory at Palisades Tuesday night.
On paper, it appears Catasauqua’s two-year drought from District 11 play subsequently will end.
The Roughies began the final two weeks of the season with an overall 8-11 record and an 8-8 slate in the Colonial League. More importantly, they were seated third in the District 11 Class 3A playoff bracket. Four teams will make the bracket from the district.