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.
Hannah Edwards is one person who isn't hoping for a late spring from the remnants of a hardy winter.
Catasauqua's standout two-sport athlete is anxious for winter the leave the scene and spring to make its mark. After her field hockey season was cut short to a knee injury, Edwards is anxious to get back to the softball diamond.
Making an impressive showing in her freshman season, Edwards was instrumental in helping her team grab the Colonial League title as she hit .659, stole 51 bases, scored 40 runs and struck out only once.
Jake Kober thought his senior year in football and basketball would be different.
Kober played a minor role on the Roughies' legendary run during the football season last year and he also was instrumental in helping the basketball program reach the district final game last spring.
This season, Kober knew the landscape would be different on the football field as the Roughies lost a horde of starters. As a result, Kober realized he would need to play a pivotal role. Overall, Kober and his teammates struggled through a rebuilding year that resulted in three wins.
Sean Klobosits figures his team soon will turn their season around.
"We just have to find a way to get it going again," said the senior about his team's 1-6 start. "I know we can turn this around. We have played some tough teams and we just have to keep battling and not get down on ourselves.
"We know we can do this and the season isn't over. We all have to work on the things we do best and pull it together."
With his squad's tournament season winding down, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock has been pleased with the overall tone and direction of his team.
"We have been really working hard," said the first-year head coach. "We have had some pretty good performances and results. We were challenged in our tournaments and the kids responded well."
The Roughies recently competed in the highly touted Berwick Duals that featured a majority of 3A teams. Overall, Catty posted a 1-4 record in team competition, but they had several strong individual performances.
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick isn't stressed about his team's 0-6 start. Despite being winless and having some lopsided scores, Seidick has seen progress.
"We are in a rebuilding process," said Seidick. "We just need to be patient. It has been a long time since the program has been successful. We're trying to build and have a consistent program."
Seidick noted a recent 42-32 loss to Pen Argyl, one which he believed could have gone the other way.
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder recognizes his team's problems, but he is just waiting for his players to solve them.
After they gained their first win of the season against Pen Argyl two nights earlier, the Roughies dropped a 64-46 to archrival Northampton last Saturday night that left them with a 1-5 record.
Catty hosted Southern Lehigh Monday night and traveled to Lehighton Dec. 30 before they resume league play against Wilson Jan 2.
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock is enjoying the moment.
The first-year head coach is anxious to work with his young club this winter and his budding bunch received an early boost when they recently defeated perennial Colonial League power Pen Argyl.
Heading into this week's action, the Roughies have recorded wins over both Pen Argyl and Palmerton and also had a strong showing in their own tournament.