When his season began this year, Isaiah Graves had some lofty plans. He had a fairly successful freshman season, one in which he spent most of his time on the JV team and also saw time on varsity.
Graves often was his team’s leading scorer on any given night, as one of his fondest basketball memories was scoring 35 points against Notre Dame last season.
As a sophomore, Graves entered this season as one of the Roughies’ starting guards, and he was primed to launch an offensive assault on the Colonial League.
For the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team, it is a bittersweet time.
The Roughies will end their regular season this week, and a district playoff berth is out of their sights. Their chances ended with a loss at Quakertown Jan. 30.
Yet, the future for the program is as bright as it has been in the last five years.
Quinn Bachman is the lone senior on a squad that had already surpassed the most wins since the 2008-09 season (5-17), and could have the first double-digit winning season since the 2007-08 year (15-12).
As the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walkers are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.
Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.
With his team experiencing some turbulence during their dual meet season, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock envisions some smoother paths ahead for his team in the postseason.
Before they begin that route, the Roughies will participate in the prestigious Coal Cracker Tournament this weekend that will feature 15 elite teams from the greater Lehigh Valley region. The tournament will be a two-day, bracketed-weight event.
Catasauqua’s level of success might not solely be judged on their overall record.
The Roughies began play this week with four games remaining and an overall 6-12 record. By the simple math, they can’t have a winning season.
However, the Roughies still can manage to secure either a Colonial League playoff and/or District 11 playoff spot.
Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder knows his team is at the proverbial crossroads this season.
The Roughies began the week needing to win five of their overall seven contests – all wins in the Colonial League – to earn a postseason bid and avoid being out of the districts playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Catty began the week with a 4-11 overall mark and a 4-7 mark in the league.
However, when the Roughies traveled to Palmerton Tuesday night, they were saddled with a four-game losing streak.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team has continues to progress on its journey this season. In the process, they reach heights that have been absent from the program for the past few years.
When they recently recorded their sixth win (6-8) of the season, Catty registered the most victories in a campaign since the 2008-09 season. Their six wins doubles last year’s output of a 3-19 season.
After a year of adjustment, Kenzie Bradley has found a sense of comfort on the basketball court.
“It has been a lot better than it was last year,” said Bradley, reflecting on playing the majority of the time at point guard in her freshman year for the Roughies last season. “Now I feel a lot better about the situation and we seem to be a lot happier than last year.
“We seem to get along better this year and we have a better chemistry with the team. We’re playing well and we have doubled the amount of wins we had last season.”
Catasauqua head boys basketball Eric Snyder see some promise with his basketball team, but he still believes their task will take some time.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 4-7 record and 4-5 in Colonial League play. Although Catty can still make some noise in the league, they are looking to lock down a district berth with 11 overall wins or eight league victories.
Generally, Tyler Melendez is a soft-spoken young man who doesn’t mince his words.
On the wrestling mat and other outlets, however, Melendez generally takes an aggressive approach to deliver his message.
Melendez, a sophomore, is enjoying his second year starting for the Roughies in the 120-pound bracket. It has been an ongoing transition process for Melendez, who recently dropped his weight from 126 to 120 in the Catty lineup.