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In the past few weeks, Catasauqua outfielder/ pitcher Mike Shutta and his teammates have had their share of moral victories as well as major ones. It will be the latter, however, that will decide the Roughies' district fate in the season's final games this week.
In a much-needed game against Southern Lehigh April 27, Catty rallied to tie the game and eventually win it with some timely hits and a complete game, eight-inning effort from team workhorse Dakota Schiffer.
Tom Moll is back.
Moll, who resigned last year as athletic director at Catasauqua to take the same position at Nazareth, was approved Tuesday night during a meeting of the Catasauqua School Board to reclaim his prior role with the Roughies. He will replace Dave Troxell, who stepped down citing personal reasons.
Moll acknowledged he has accepted the position, but he declined comment at this time.
Heading into this week's Colonial League Track and Field Championships, Catasauqua head coach Glenn Reightler likes the chances of his entrants.
On the boys side, senior Ricky Houser will look to make another strong showing in the long and triple jumps.
Last season, Houser finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 43-1 and ninth in the long jump with a mark of 19-10. He will also be seeking another trip to states.
Senior Corey Hicks will also look to make his mark in the long jump.
On the surface, Catasauqua's softball program might appear to be in a state of disarray with their 7-7 record to begin play this week.
It has been an unaccustomed start for the Roughies' program that has been among the Lehigh Valley's finest the past few years as they have been league and district frontrunners with rosters compiled with a horde of talented players.
All season long, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley has been looking for a game that can serve a catalyst for the remainder of the season.
Through the first few weeks, the Roughies have had some spurts, but they basically have been hovering around the .500 mark.
However, their recent 6-4 dramatic, extra-inning win at Southern Lehigh Monday may be the one to turn the trick.
In the game, the Roughies battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh only to have the game tied in the bottom of the inning.
With a week off at the beginning of the season due to cancellations with only three games under their belt, Catasauqua's baseball team already was at a crossroads.
The Roughies had plenty of time to rest and strategize, but it also left them with true test of mettle.
Catty began last week with the plight of having six games in consecutive days and seven contests in eight days. It was a preliminary measuring stick for the Roughies, who can possibly reach their potential in late April.
In her two years in the Catasauqua softball program, Shannon Gallagher previously has been in challenging situations.
Last season as a freshman, she played third base and proved to be an integral part of the program with several key plays and hits.
This season, Gallagher took over behind the plate for four-year starter Janae Matos. Needless to say, Gallagher was confronted with a tall task. Yet, she initially has undertaken her new encounter with a patient stride.
Over the past few years, Randy Gillespie has been busy.
He served as an assistant coach for both the boys' and girls' soccer teams as well as the head boys' basketball coach at Lehigh Valley Christian School. Gillespie also coached a girls traveling soccer team in the Catasauqua Youth Association.
However, his fast-paced athletic schedule recently dropped a gear.
Gillespie has been named the head girls' soccer coach at Catasauqua High School, replacing veteran Trajano Bastidas who recently resigned.
Over the years, Amarys Moten has seen her career come full circle.
During her first two years, Moten experienced the typical growing pains of any freshman and sophomore in the Roughies ' program and preferred to keep a low profile.
Last season, she undertook more of an active role with the team, coincidentally with the program evolving into one of the better ones in the Lehigh Valley.
In the process, Moten hit her first career homerun, a game-winner.