Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley knows he and his team have to be patient.
His team is small, young and inexperienced, but the Roughies are not short on heart and hustle.
After having their scheduled opener against Northampton postponed last Friday, the Roughies opened the season with a 14-3 loss at Bangor, a game that didn’t truly reflected the game.
“We played well through five innings,” said Bradley. “We ran into a team that was really fast and they stole bases and got squeeze bunts down.
In her first season at the helm of the Catasauqua softball program, Paige Kogelman is focusing mainly on the future and de-emphasizing the present.
She inherited a program that posted two wins in each of its previous two seasons.
“It’s about building,” said the former Rough Rider standout. “It is a day-by-day process. We will try to get better every game. We’re not looking at it as a win or a loss, but did we get better.”
Eric Snyder never dreamed a 1-20 season could be like this.
The longtime Catasauqua boys’ basketball coach has watched his team practice and play like a team with a 20-1 record instead of their current fate.
It was a refreshing season.
The Roughies captured their lone victory at Pen Argyl Dec. 12 and then dropped 16-straight games.
Despite that, the work ethic remained.
“These guys came to practice and always worked hard,” said Snyder. “The seniors were always there leading and they never blew anything off.
For Paige Kogelman, fate appeared to be in the mix.
Hearing some scuttlebutt about the head softball coach opening at Catasauqua, Kogelman had a chance meeting with Roughies’ athletic director Tom Moll.
From there, the 2013 Catty graduate and former softball standout knew she would be headed back to help the Brown and White.
“I heard about the opening for a while,” said Kogelman. “I knew there still was a need for a head coach. I ran into [Tom] Moll and we started talking about it.
Kenzie Bradley always has accepted a challenge and made the most of it.
While at Catasauqua, Bradley was a successful three-sport athlete, initially in basketball, field hockey and softball, and in the latter shelving softball for track. She has been repeatedly referred to as one of the most talented athletes to wear the Brown and White over the last 20 years.
It was in track where she arguably reached her pinnacle.
For Jaryn Hartranft and Austin Brett, it was all about the experience.
The Catasauqua duo had their initial experience in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School last weekend.
Hartranft, a freshman in the 106-pound bracket, finished a win away from qualifying for the state tournament.
He began the regional Friday by beating Eric Howe of Lancaster Catholic, 7-6, in the opening round. Hartranft then suffered a tough, 1-0 defeat to Eric Alderfer of Faith Christian.
Jaryn Hartranft never has been on the big stage due to fate.
He figured it was about time to finally take the next step.
“In junior high, I always made it to the semifinals and lost,” said the freshman. “I finally broke the semis curse and made it to something bigger than that.”
Her certainly did.
Hartranft and Austin Brett both advanced to the finals of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A tournament at Freedom High School last weekend.
Heading into the individual district wrestling Class 2A wrestling championships at Freedom High School this weekend, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Joe Russo likes his team’s chances.
Russo also got a good glance at the future of the program.
The Roughies will return three district place winners from last season, all of whom have a legitimate chance at advancing to the regional championships the following weekend.
“We like our lineup and we will have some holes,” said Russo. “Our guys have wrestled hard all season and they have improved.
When needed, Hannah Edwards relied on two redeeming qualities that have helped her throughout her athletic career – confidence and motivation.
The former Catasauqua standout and current Lehigh outfielder dealt with a heel injury early last season that caused her to redshirt and to endure several months of rehab.
Brad Panto is enjoying the moments.
The Catasauqua senior played a pivotal role on the football team this fall, and he also has held a similar position on the wrestling team.
Panto has been an instrumental part in the Roughies’ success this wrestling season, winning the Colonial League West and also participating in the league duals.
With individual districts beginning in a week, Panto plans to cherish the final run.