Catasauqua’s baseball team will enter the 2017 season with some seasoned returnees in the fold as well as questions to answer and spots to fill.
The Roughies will be looking to avoid the predicament they faced at the end of last season. Due to a series of rainy weather that ravaged the area late in the season, Catty was faced with the predicament of playing five games in four days and winning four of their final six to gain a district spot.
Making his first trip, Ben Nosal wasn’t in awe of the overall spectacle and heightened atmosphere of the PIAA state wrestling championships at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Instead, the senior began to realize the significance of the end of his high school career, regardless of the final outcome. He was the first Catty wrestler in three years to make the trip.
Through their first seven games, the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team appeared to be on track to the destination of the district playoffs. The Roughies were coming off a 9-13 season, one in which they matured and developed toward the next step.
They had a 3-4 record before they played a struggling Palisades team and looked to even their season mark at .500. However, the Roughies came out flat and suffered a 28-18 defeat. From there, they also lost starter Ghia Moore, who left the program to transfer to another school.
After a stellar dual meet season, Catasauqua’s wrestling team arguably continues to have one of the most successful athletic campaigns in the school this year.
The Roughies will extend their season this weekend when senior Ben Nosal travels to Hershey for the state tournament. It has been a season in which they have reached their goals.
Catty had four regionals qualifiers, advanced 10 wrestlers into the second round of districts, and they also competed in the district duals. The Roughies also finished among the top 10 teams in the Class 2A district meet.
When they faced Valley Forge in a PIAA District 11/1 Class 3A game, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team literally has to overcome some tall odds.
Catty took the court facing a lineup that had a 6-10 center and four other players over 6-2, while their tallest player was six-foot.
Regardless, the Roughies displayed a valiant effort before they eventually fell in a 91-46 defeat at Valley Forge Military Academy. It marked the end of the 2016-17 campaign for the Roughies, who finished with an overall 9-15 mark.
As he prepares likely for one of the biggest moments in his life, Ben Nosal remembers a time when wrestling was just something to do in sixth grade. It was a sharp contrast from older brothers Shawn and Jared, both of whom were heavily involved in the sport at a young age.
“A lot of my friends were out for wrestling, so I decided to go out,” noted Nosal. “At first, I wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t the end of the world to me. But I wanted to keep working on it.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program continued its stellar season with an impressive showing at the recent PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual wrestling championships at Freedom and Liberty High Schools.
Fortunately for the Roughies, the show will continue.
Seniors Ryan Greene, Ben Nosal and Tyler Youssef will all advance to the PIAA Class 2A Southeastern Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School this weekend.
Catasauqua’s basketball team is headed back to the PIAA District 11 playoffs this weekend with a legitimate chance to advance to the next round.
The fifth-seeded Roughies in the Class 3A bracket will make their first appearance in two years against fourth-seeded Pine Grove at the legendary Martz Hall in Pottsville Saturday night at 7:30. Catty last faced Notre Dame of Green Pond in the district playoffs.
Even though they took some lumps, Catasauqua’s wrestling team was satisfied with their showing at the recent PIAA District 11 Class 2A team tournament.
“I think we had a good tournament and it was a great way to finish this part of the season,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock, whose team recorded a 2-2 record in four bouts. “It was one of our goals to make districts and they accomplished a number of things. I am proud of our effort.”
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team will advance to the upcoming district playoffs for the first time in two years, but the Roughies certainly will have to deal with some interesting circumstances along the way.
The Roughies closed out the regular season this week with games against Northwestern (a loss) and Notre Dame East Stroudsburg. Unfortunately, they just missed grabbing the sixth and final spot in the Colonial League playoffs when they lost a tight game to Moravian Academy in a winner-take-all for the space.