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.
Next fall, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn is optimistic that he and his staff will see the whole picture.
In his first season at the helm of the Roughies' program, Dorn and his team's season was fractured through a series of continuing injuries that actually didn't allow the Roughies to assemble the same lineup in a campaign that ended with a 33-14 defeat to Northampton in their annual Thanksgiving Day tilt.
Ed Seidick understands that reaching the next phase in the Catasauqua girls' basketball program won't be an overnight task.
But he won't be satisfied with a series of moral victories either. Yet, he will deal with the reality of the situation of developing a new environment for the program that hasn't surpassed the double-digit win mark in quite some time.
When he was named head wrestling coach in May, Kyle Rusnock knew he had some big shoes to fill.
He replaced longtime coach Mike Conner, who methodically built the program into a perennial power over the years. Rusnock also realized he would begin his first season with the graduation of 10 seniors who were mainstays in the Roughies' starting lineup the past few seasons.
Yet, the ever-optimistic and effervescent Rusnock - who had been an assistant the past 10 seasons and a former 112-pound state champion for the program - couldn't wait to put his fingerprints on the program.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder normally doesn't expect too much from his squad during the awakening moments of the season every winter.
Over the years, Snyder knows his teams are slow to mature through the season, as the steady, perennial flock of football players tend to take some time to acclimate themselves to the new season.
This year, Snyder expects the script to follow suit. Over his first few games, the veteran coach will juggle lineups to find a concoction for success.