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.
Nate Pontician has had a busy year and he has sights on making it busier.
The senior did an admirable job in serving as the boys’ soccer team goalie in his first season playing soccer this past fall. Now, Pontician is trying to make the most of his lone year playing varsity basketball this winter.
Yet, it hasn’t been easy.
Since the early days of practice, Pontician has been battling back spasms, but he believes they will soon be behind him.
With the unusual batches of unseasonal warm weather that has engulfed the early parts of winters, there should have been plenty of incentive to embark on a run or walk.
It provided most of us with a comfortable start to the often cumbersome task of training through the cold for our spring and summer events ahead. If you’re not a runner but thinking about it, this period should have provided you the extra boost.
Kevin Bond would have liked to have a longer football season, but he is content with a future that can be as simple as a flick of a switch.
Bond looks to be a major contributor in the boys’ basketball program as he enters his senior season with the Roughies. After that, Bond already has decided his future, as he will continue his path on the way to becoming an electrician.
In football and in life, Jeff Harris has realized how life can be one big circle.
When Phil Dorn was hired as the head coach at Catasauqua, Jeff Harris reached out with a phone call to his former boss at Pocono Mountain East. Dorn accepted and then made him an offer to join his staff.
A few years earlier, Harris called Dorn then a coach at Pocono Mountain West to inquire about a job when he was hired as the head coach at Pocono Mountain East.
Since he initially came on board as a coach in 1983, Glenn Reightler has seen a myriad of changes in various capacities at Catasauqua.
Some have involved coaches, while others have involved athletes. Whatever the case, he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"This is where I am comfortable," said Reightler, who has been a teacher in the school system for the past 32 years and current track coach. "There is a good comraderie among the teachers and coaches. We have had a number of coaches who have been here for a while."
Reightler certainly fits the category.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach and tournament director Eric Snyder thought the recent version of the 26th annual Tournament of Champions final was one of the better ones in recent years.
He just isn't sure how many more may be on the horizon.
"We have three adult leagues left in the area (North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, and Stiles)," said Snyder. "It is not like it used to be for a number of reasons. We all would like to see more teams and players in the area."