In spite of having an overall experienced group back this season, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder has liked what he has seen from his prospective club in their summer league program.
Snyder is optimistic his club can shake the remnants left from an uncharacteristic 4-18 season last year that saw four starters and a key reserve graduate.
"I have been very pleased with what we have been able to do so far," said the veteran coach, who will begin his 23rd season at the helm. "We have been very competitive and we have been aggressive.
Catasauqua's status in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack this season shouldn't be judged on their record alone.
Instead, the Roughies have continued to show progress despite a 1-8 record to begin the week. It's a team in transition, as most of their players the past few years have graduated to legion baseball.
"We got our first win that helped," said first-year head coach Bill Hawk. "We have been in a number of our games this year and there have been many games that we could have pulled out. We have been battling back in our games, and we seem to run into one big inning.
Janae Matos was well aware of the rigors of a college softball season, and she was ready to deal with them.
It has been a true transition in the process at Moravian College, but Matos also has kept softball as a constant in her life. Since she was very young, Matos has been involved in all levels of the game, playing the sport on a year-round basis over the past several seasons.
Still, there were some adjustments along the way for the former Catasauqua standout, who helped the Roughies become a household name in the sport.
After he had a successful regular and postseason, Catasauqua's Ricky Houser was anxious to participate in his final state tournament recently held at Shippensburg University.
However, Houser's performance didn't live up to his expectations. However, Houser is still optimistic he can close some gaps in the future.
The senior finished 13th overall in the state long jump competition with a leap of 19.125 and he was 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 40-8. They both were marks below his anticipated jumps.
Catasauqua head Connie Mack coach Bill Hawk knows patience will be a key element to his team's success this season.
Through the first seven games this season, the Roughies had a 0-7 record. To his credit, though, Hawk's squad has been totally revamped from last year's squad as the majority of his players are in their first year with the team.
Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas knew this season would be different, yet he still had some high expectations.
The Roughies entered the season with a handful of returning starters from program that has established itself among the finest in the Lehigh Valley the past three seasons. However, the Roughies remained a contender for the Colonial League crown and an expectant for the district playoffs.
In his 10 months as athletic director at Nazareth High School, Tom Moll realized there were many similarities between directing the Blue Eagles program and also the Roughies, one he did for eight–plus years.
He noted the collection of head coaches - many Nazareth alums – who developed into living legends at the school, much like Catasauqua. Moll also could equate the comparative size of both schools and their climate, as Nazareth is one of the smallest schools in the East Penn Conference along with Catasauqua holding the same distinction in the Colonial League.
Even though the season is nearly five months away, Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder already has the wheels in motion.
The boys team has begun play in both the Catasauqua Adult Basketball league and the North Catasauqua Basketball League, and they will look to be involved in the upcoming Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments next month.
Snyder is always optimistic his club will benefit from playing in an adult league. Through last weekend's play, the Roughies had three games under their belts and they recently beat Saucon Valley.
In many ways, Chloe Andreas is your typical ambitious and studious 14-year-old.
However, in other ways, she is a few years ahead of her peers' pace.
She is a freshman at Catasauqua High School and is a member of the school's chorale and a member of the scholastic scrimmage team. Through the second and third marking periods, she was ranked first in her class.
In the past, Andreas has dabbled in the athletic realm as she has played on softball and basketball teams. But a few years ago, Andreas admittedly found her niche.
Having his team advance to the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs this spring, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley certainly was more than pleased.
"We really didn't have a lot of experience on this team for the year," said Bradley. "We had two players back and another who was with us for a half a season. We really did better than I expected. We were in every game and these kids really worked hard all year."
The Roughies' season unceremoniously ended in a 1-0 defeat to North Schuylkill and left them with an overall 10-11 record.