With the bulk of returnees back, Catasauqua’s softball team is anxious to begin the 2016 campaign.
The Roughies will look to get out to a quick start with seven players back in the fold, most notably center fielder Hannah Edwards, rated as one of the top-25 players in the country by numerous media groups as well as a player that has been named to nine All-American teams.
On the mound, Alexia Reichl will carry the bulk of the pitching duties this spring. Reichl was the team’s number-two pitcher behind mainstay Lexi Ayache, who graduated in June.
Losing 13 seniors from last year’s roster, Catasauqua’s baseball team certainly will need to be flexible this season, as their roster is laced with players suiting up for varsity for the first time.
Head coach Steve Bradley certainly believes it.
“It will have to be,” responded Bradley about his team being flexible this season. “We’re likely to have some questions marks at the start of the season, probably in the outfield. But we have been ahead of schedule from last year because of the good weather we’ve had this winter.”
This is the first in a series of championships won by Catasauqua teams.
One of Dave Troxell’s favorite sports time of the year is the District 11 basketball playoffs.
For the past several years, Troxell has been an on-site official for the district, and his assignments have taken him throughout the counties. It has been a rewarding job, one that has kept his link to basketball since his days as a player and coach for the Roughies.
Juniors Ryan Greene and Tyler Youssef both know their recent experience at the PIAA Southeastern Regional tournament likely will be a repeat one in the future.
Greene and Youssef both won matches before both of them were eliminated in the second round. Greene was a district qualifier at 138 pounds, while Youssef was a late injury replacement at 182.
It wasn’t the first experience on the big stage for Greene. Last season, he finished sixth at regionals and advanced to the state tournament where he was eliminated in the early rounds.
After his initial experience at the PIAA Class 2A Southeastern Regional wrestling championships, Tyler Youssef can’t wait to get back.
“I get butterflies just thinking about it,” said the junior. “I want to have that feeling again. It was a great experience and it was huge. Something like that I will never forget.”
Youssef was a late injury replacement at regionals in the 182-pound weight class. He finished eighth in districts, winning a first-round match before he was the victim of a fall.
Ryan Greene feels better about his trip to the Class 2A Southeastern Regionals at Wilson West Lawn this weekend.
Last season, Greene finished sixth at the tournament and earned a trip to the state finals. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in the early rounds.
However, that experience proved to kick start this season as well as an added motivation to the postseason party. With experience and comfort behind Greene, the junior believes it can be a more successful trip this time.
On the night before his first trip to the District 11 Class 2A wrestling championships last year, Ben Nosal admittedly couldn’t sleep.
Due to a broken collarbone, Nosal had only wrestled less than 10 matches and was trying to adjust to the big stage. He certainly wasn’t feeling comfortable.
“Looking back, I was nervous,” said Nosal. “I really had no idea what to expect. I really couldn’t sleep. But once I got there, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, it was pretty cool. I thought I did well.”
Even though a handful of races began the 2016 racing season, a traditional Lehigh Valley favorite kicked the running season into gear.
474 runners from throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond participated in the 15th annual Super Bowl 10K on the morning of the annual game at the Lehigh Valley Parkway Feb. 7. The race was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR).
Despite a pocket of cold weather that recently crept into the area, the race’s pace was a relatively fast one.
With a seasoned lineup in place, Catasauqua’s wrestling team will be looking to make an impact at the District 11 Class 2A individual wrestling championships at Freedom High School this weekend.
The Roughies likely will have all of their weight classes filled except for 220 and 285. Head coach Kyle Rusnock believes his team will be ready to challenge for one of the top-five seeds that will advance to the Southeast Regionals the following weekend at Wilson West Lawn.
A few years ago, Selena Safadi’s first instinct with the ball was to pass it.
Since then, basketball life has changed for the Catasauqua junior guard. It was just a matter of believing in herself.
“It really was a matter of confidence,” said Safadi. “When someone passed me the ball, the first thing I used to do with it is get rid of it. Now, I am looking to shoot if I believe that I have a good shot.