Catasauqua sophomores Ryan Green and Ben Nosal both had busy afternoons and new experiences when they participated in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual tournament last weekend at Freedom High School.
They both also have endured through injuries in the process.
Greene, a 132-pounder, was back on the district stage after he was eliminated in the third round of consolations last year, while Nosal was making his first appearance in the limelight.
When they enter the PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual championships this weekend at Freedom High School, Catasauqua's wrestlers will be monitoring the present as well as keeping an eye on the future.
Beginning Friday night, the Roughies will nearly fill a full lineup with few seasoned upperclassmen and handful of budding underclassmen.
Head coach Kyle Rusnock is optimistic all outcomes will lead to a productive future.
Last season, Amarys Moten decided to take a different approach to her basketball game. She also was exposed to a new phase on and off the court in her junior year.
"During my first two years, I probably didn't take the game as serious as I should have," recalled Moten. "Softball always has been my real passion. I liked playing basketball, but I didn't have the same passion for it.
"Last year, I really wanted to work on my skills. I wanted the year to be a better one for me. It was more of a serious year for me, and I really wanted to play well all the time."
Catasauqua's Mike Shutta realizes he will have a challenge in the 152-weight class this coming weekend in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championships.
The senior will be locking arms with some of the better grapplers in the area.
In fact, Shutta has already tangled with some of the wrestlers he expects to see at districts, and has improved his assurance because of it.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder believes his team's season began to take a downward spiral after they dropped an opening-game to Nazareth.
But he also saw a follow-up 78-47 defeat to Bangor as a further sign of trouble to come.
As a result, the Roughies never could recover and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
Heading toward the postseason tournaments, Catasauqua's wrestling program continues to take some vital steps along the way.
The Roughies participated in the Coal Cracker Classic last weekend and two of the grapplers placed in the top three in their weight classes. Overall, the Roughies finished sixth in the 12-team field.
Seniors Satchel Stauffer (220) and Mike Shutta (152) finished second and third respectively in their weight classes. Also, Ben Nosal (182) picked up three wins and Anthony Stahl (106) notched a pair of victories.
Satchel Stauffer hasn't been bothered by too many things during this wrestling campaign.
The Catasauqua senior has taken this season in stride. His 24-4 overall record and reputation as one of the better wrestlers in the district at his 220-pound weight bracket has served as a perfect testimony.
He recently placed second in the annual Coal Cracker Invitational last weekend in one of the more recognized tournaments in Schuylkill County. It can be a catapult for the remainder of the season.
With an overall new cast, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock has been pleased with his team's progress this season.
The Roughies will enter this week with a 4-4 dual meet record and will participate in the annual Coal Cracker tournament. Catty also has meets with Pius X and Wilson left on their schedule before they will grapple in the district individual championships in a few weeks.
Shiloh Sziy certainly will miss her playing days at Catasauqua. It is a situation that won't be a quick exit.
The senior will end her basketball career this week and later will have her softball career left in the annals of Roughie sports history. It will be a monumental shift in her life.
"It hit me a week ago that this will be the last time I will likely play competitive basketball in the past 13 years," said Sziy. "I never really thought (my high school career) will be ending.
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick is optimistic his club can continue to be a solid foundation as well as registering some more wins.
While their three wins have been a high mark based on recent history, the first-year coach realizes his club still will experience plenty of more bumps along their record.
He pointed to a recent 54-8 loss to Palisades, a defeat that hasn't been reflective of the program. After a three-game winning streak (3-15 overall), the Roughies have lost their last five games by 30 or more points.