Their final 0-19 record wasn’t the focus of the season.
Instead, Catasauqua’s softball team will continue to take the necessary steps to gain back its respectability.
The once Colonial League upper-tier team recently has been boxed in the basement due to a number of factors. Catty is coming off four wins over the previous two seasons after 10-plus years of double-digit win seasons.
Enter Paige Kogelman.
After two years, Trinity Kern wanted to make a change.
Over that time, she had participated in several events, focusing primarily on the 400. But the senior knew there was more ahead.
“During my freshman and sophomore years, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Kern. “I knew I would still run the 400.
“I wanted to try the 300 hurdles and I decided to do it. My coaches said it was a good event for me, and I started to do well with it.”
Kern certainly did with a usual calm and loose approach.
On the surface, Catasauqua’s results at the recent Colonial League meet may not catch a lot of attention.
But to the Roughies’ staff, the results were impressive. They could lead to some notable finishes at the District 11 meet this week.
“We had so many kids who got their PRs (personal records), and they also set some school records,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “It really went pretty well for us.
“They have just kept building on their times and distances over the past few weeks and it has paid off for them.”
As a junior, Adam Reinhart’s high school career came full circle.
He became an integral part of the football team as a receiver and lineman, and continued his success with the wrestling team where he just missed a district bid.
Recently, Reinhart finished his baseball season, where again he was a major contributor as a third baseman and pitcher.
Now, he is ready to take the next step as a senior.
Until then, however, Reinhart can relish the accomplishment and memories he has created.
In second grade, Andrew Torres knew he was going to be a pitcher.
“That’s when I started playing (baseball),” said the Catasauqua junior. “My coach then thought I had potential as a pitcher. I was going to pitch in the first game I played.
“But I loved it. I loved the pressure and I loved the tension. I figured I was going to be a pitcher.’
Catasauqua head track coach Kyle Rusnock watched his boys’ and girls’ teams grew individually and also as unit during the regular season.
Now, Rusnock is optimistic both teams and ready for the next step.
The Roughie units competed in the Colonial League championships Tuesdays and Wednesday, and then hope to have some of them advance to the district meet the following week. Rusnock has been impressed with the steadying force of the senior leadership coupled with the budding growth of the underclassmen.
Catasauqua’s baseball team’s record of 4-9 through Monday’s play easily could have been closed to being reversed.
It’s all about how they have attrition and endurance.
“We just don’t have enough depth, and we have trouble finishing games,” deadpanned head coach Steve Bradley. “That’s what has really hurt us this season.
“We have been in our share of games. We have been making mistakes in games and it always seems to be in the last couple of innings.”
Jaekwan Moodie recalled a time when his parents asked him to try out for the track team.
Four years later, Moodie took their suggestion and has made the most of the situation.
The senior has had a steady and strong year for the Roughies this season in the long jump and 100 along with being a member of their 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. He recently set a new school record in the long jump with a mark of 21-8.
It certainly has been a memorable inaugural season.
Amy Huber is looking forward to the postseason this season. Unfortunately, she didn’t have one last season.
She is optimistic fate will be on her side, however.
The Catasauqua senior missed leagues and districts last year due to a torn ACL that occurred during the last regular season meet. She has focused her attention on the 100 meter hurdles, an event in which she set a new personal record (18.45) in an earlier meet at Palisades this season. Huber also set a new personal mark in the 300 hurdles (56.60) at the same meet.
For Mason Schlofer, it was all about keeping it straight.
His shoulder, that is.
The Catasauqua junior needed to make some tweaks to his hitting this spring, and his stance was a big part of it. Even though Schlofer is hitting .233 through 11 games, he has been pleased with his progress.
“I have been hitting the ball better,” said Schlofer. “I knew that I had to improve my stance. It was about keeping my shoulder straight. I was dropping it (shoulder).
“Now, I am seeing the ball better and I have more confidence overall.”