If Catasauqua wished to succeed on the hardwood this winter, it simply will be due to their sheer determination. It certainly won’t be attributed to their height as the Roughies’ tallest player to take the court will be 6-foot-2.
Simply put, size will be a factor.
“This is probably the smallest team I have ever coached,” said veteran head coach Eric Snyder, who is beginning his 25th year at the helm. “We are really, really small. But we have had some very good practices that have been intense.
After just missing the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program has plenty of incentives for making it to the postseason this winter.
For starters, head coach Ed Seidick believes this is his deepest club in his three-year stay with the team. The Roughies likely will be able to go 10 or 11 players deep from a squad that posted an overall 9-13 mark, a six-game improvement from the previous season.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program is still working to field a full lineup, but the Roughies will return as developed a core as they have had over the past few seasons. With a strong returning unit in place, Catty expects to make some noise on both the individual and team fronts this winter.
The Roughies will have the benefit of opening the season at home, as they will host their own tournament this weekend.
“We’re looking pretty good,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We feel we can go into the season now with what we have, and these kids are ready to go.
Catasauqua’s football team can’t be cited for a lack of hustle during their recently completed season.
However, the Roughies will admit they missed their share of opportunities that mightily contributed to their overall 2-9 record this year. Their latest setback was a 42-25 loss to Northampton on Thanksgiving Day.
The Roughies rebounded after they found themselves in a 21-0 halftime deficit.
For Catasauqua, a win over Northampton surely can quickly turn a dismal end of the season into a productive one.
“This is our Super Bowl,” said senior wide receiver Ryan Greene. “Everybody is really on board with that. We know what we went through this year, and a win can help us forgot all the bad feelings.”
The Roughies will take Alumni Field Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the 94th annual meeting between the small-town rivals. Catty will look to reverse the fate from the previous two seasons in which Northampton won both contests, last year in a 40-26 victory.
Before the season, Catasauqua’s boys’ soccer team believed they could be in the hunt for a postseason bid, a goal that barely has eluded them the past few years.
If a few breaks had turned their way, the Roughies could have reached their goal. Unfortunately, they didn’t as they finished with an overall 5-13 mark.
Still, head coach Mike Baclawski liked what he saw from his team.
In her first year at the helm of the Catasauqua field hockey program, Julie Bisci took her first steps to build a new foundation.
They were, however, ones that had some potholes along the way.
With struggling overall numbers and lack of a consistent scoring punch, the Roughies finished the year with an overall 3-14-1 mark, ending the year with 11 consecutive losses. They scored 14 total goals and were shutout 10 times during the season.
KJ Reiss began the year with something to prove to himself, his peers and coaches. So far, he certainly has felt justified.
Reiss, a senior running back, has been the Roughies’ leading rusher throughout the season as he has accumulated 623 yards on 128 carries for a stellar 4.9 average per carry. He has found the end zone six times, accounting for half of the team’s rushing touchdowns.
It definitely has been redemption from last season.
Four years ago before his freshman season Alec Hartranft was ready to become a member of the Catasauqua football program.
But then he had a meeting with Roughies’ cross country coach Kyle Rusnock and his sports career path took a sudden turn. Recently, Hartranft ended a steady career as a Roughie harrier, a choice he will never forget.
With each passing game, Andrew Brett continues to adjust to being the starting quarterback for the Roughies this season.
Having nine games under his belt, the junior has developed into one of the more consistent signal callers in the Lehigh Valley as well as one of the most overall productive field generals. Brett has thrown over 1,500 yards this season.
Like his teammates, however, Brett likely would trade some of his statistics for wins.