After seeing some progress during his first year at the helm, Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick is anxious to take his team to the next level.
Their initial step will be in the Catasauqua summer basketball league to help improve their 3-19 record last season.
"Things are going well," said Seidick. "We are playing much better than we did during the regular season. The kids are playing well together. With them having some other commitments, we are getting seven or eight girls and sometimes more.
Despite not playing on a high school basketball court the past few years, James Snyder and a group of former Roughie players still share a special bond.
Snyder and several ex-players, who played with him and for his father Eric on the high school team, are playing this summer in the Catasauqua and North Catasauqua men's basketball leagues.
The former Roughie standouts are members of the Friel Chiropractic squad in the Catasauqua League and Caramuci Dentistry in the North Catasauqua League. Players on both teams have played together in the leagues for the past three years.
Since the beginning of summer, Catasauqua summer basketball leagues have been in high gear.
As always, the Catasauqua Playground Summer League, the North Catasauqua Adult Summer League have been very competitive. In fact, there may be a large amount of parody floating in the air.
"Every year, we have around six or seven teams that are in contention," said Catasauqua boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder recently, who oversees both of the men's leagues. "This season, we have more teams in both the men's leagues that are really in the mix.
There was a time last season when Catasauqua suited 24 players for a varsity game.
Injuries and inexperience plagued the Roughies last year, as they struggled through a rebuilding year from a Colonial League championship and deep playoff run.
In fact, they had four freshmen starting in last year's annual Thanksgiving Day skirmish with Northampton.
First-year head coach Phil Dorn realistically knew his team had the odds stacked against them to repeat as league champions, but he expected them to compete.
In spite of having an overall experienced group back this season, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder has liked what he has seen from his prospective club in their summer league program.
Snyder is optimistic his club can shake the remnants left from an uncharacteristic 4-18 season last year that saw four starters and a key reserve graduate.
"I have been very pleased with what we have been able to do so far," said the veteran coach, who will begin his 23rd season at the helm. "We have been very competitive and we have been aggressive.
Catasauqua's status in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack this season shouldn't be judged on their record alone.
Instead, the Roughies have continued to show progress despite a 1-8 record to begin the week. It's a team in transition, as most of their players the past few years have graduated to legion baseball.
"We got our first win that helped," said first-year head coach Bill Hawk. "We have been in a number of our games this year and there have been many games that we could have pulled out. We have been battling back in our games, and we seem to run into one big inning.
Janae Matos was well aware of the rigors of a college softball season, and she was ready to deal with them.
It has been a true transition in the process at Moravian College, but Matos also has kept softball as a constant in her life. Since she was very young, Matos has been involved in all levels of the game, playing the sport on a year-round basis over the past several seasons.
Still, there were some adjustments along the way for the former Catasauqua standout, who helped the Roughies become a household name in the sport.
After he had a successful regular and postseason, Catasauqua's Ricky Houser was anxious to participate in his final state tournament recently held at Shippensburg University.
However, Houser's performance didn't live up to his expectations. However, Houser is still optimistic he can close some gaps in the future.
The senior finished 13th overall in the state long jump competition with a leap of 19.125 and he was 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 40-8. They both were marks below his anticipated jumps.
Catasauqua head Connie Mack coach Bill Hawk knows patience will be a key element to his team's success this season.
Through the first seven games this season, the Roughies had a 0-7 record. To his credit, though, Hawk's squad has been totally revamped from last year's squad as the majority of his players are in their first year with the team.
Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas knew this season would be different, yet he still had some high expectations.
The Roughies entered the season with a handful of returning starters from program that has established itself among the finest in the Lehigh Valley the past three seasons. However, the Roughies remained a contender for the Colonial League crown and an expectant for the district playoffs.