When she recently ran at the PIAA cross country meet, Lexi Rushatz had the experience of a lifetime.
Fortunately, the freshman likely will get to enjoy a few more performances on the big stage.
Rushatz finished 198th out of 227 runners in the Class A bracket at the cross country championships at Hershey. Rushatz ran a pace of 8:12 and finished the race in a time of 25:25 on the 3.1-mile course.
It truly will be an unforgettable moment and also a challenging one.
Three weeks ago, Catasauqua traveled to Palmerton and they had trouble containing them on the ground in a 26-7 loss.
This time around, the script wasn’t much different. However, the lone difference had the two teams pitted in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal playoff game at the same site.
Palmerton again won the battle of attrition with its productive ground game in a 42-15 victory. Catasauqua (3-8) appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 2013 season, and they will prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Northampton.
Catasauqua’s soccer team has reaped some of the benefits from the past two seasons, but they realize there are more to come.
For the first time in 10 years, the Roughies advanced to a district playoff game. However, they fell short to Moravian Academy, 5-1, in an opening-round Class A bracket game. Catty finished with an overall 6-11-2 mark, one loss away from the previous year in which they just missed qualifying for districts.
Four years ago, Drew Filchner and Kenzie Bradley first met each other playing on the same traveling basketball team.
Sunday night in Catasauqua, they both moved a step closer to the final chapters in their high school careers, a fare that was mostly light hearted, yet some pretty intense.
Bradley, a Catasauqua senior, led the Roughies to a 27-0 win over Northampton in their annual Powder Puff clash at Alumni Field. The event is the first step in a series of events toward the Thanksgiving Day football battle between the two schools.
The streak is over and it’s on to the postseason.
Catasauqua’s football team snapped a six-game losing streak and stunned host Northwestern, 21-18, last Friday night, and they did it in grand fashion in the final regular season game.
For the first time since the 2013 season, Catasauqua is back in the playoffs.
With their 21-18 victory at Northwestern last Friday, the Roughies gained enough points in the District 11 Class 2A power ratings to secure the fourth and final spot in the bracket.
As a result, Catty (3-7) will travel to top-seeded Palmerton (7-3) Friday night. The Roughies’ last appearance was in the postseason was in the PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinals where they were shutout by Imhotep Charter 49-0.
At the recent PIAA District 11 Cross Country championships, Catasauqua’s girls’ team placed third out of nine teams in the class A bracket.
Freshman Lexi Rushatz paced the team with a fifth-place finish and she will advance to the state meet in Hershey this weekend.
Four years ago, however, it would have never happened. The Roughies didn’t have a girls’ team.
Head coach Kyle Rusnock credits seniors Bree Sheldon and Alexia Reichl with the initiation of the program.
When they travel to Northwestern Friday night, Catasauqua will look to end its losing streak and end the regular season on a high note.
The Roughies have been mired in a six-game losing streak, the latest was a 69-22 defeat to Southern Lehigh during their final home game of the season.
Southern Lehigh (8-1) still in the running for the Colonial League crown, jumped out to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and padded their lead to 42-14 at the half.
Lexi Rushatz likes keeping being on the move.
The Catasauqua cross country and girls’ soccer team certainly can appreciate her efforts.
Rushatz, a freshman, finished 16th in the recent Colonial league championships at De Sales University. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 22:44.07. Senior Cam Ritter was the top boys’ finisher for the Roughies, as he recorded a 51st finish with a time of 20.01.52.
Along with cross country, Rushatz is the leading scorer for the girls’ soccer team that began district play Thursday against Moravian Academy.
Last season, Catasauqua’s girls soccer team just missed making the district playoffs, as they finished with an overall 6-10-1 record.
Getting there this season was a major priority.
In two weeks, the Roughies will have reached their goal when they will open play in the District 11 Class A bracket, likely facing Moravian Academy. Ironically, they finished this year with a 6-10-2 record.
It is a welcome relief from a regular season that didn’t quite go as planned. The Roughies got off to a good start only to be later stymied by a five-game losing streak.