Catasauqua began their season nearly to its desired perfection.
Still, it was a strong positive note.
The Roughies split a pair of games in the Tamaqua Lady Blue Raiders Tip-Off Tournament Dec. 8-9. They lost to host Tamaqua, 39-18, in the championship final.
But Catty began the tournament with an impressive 48-36, comeback victory over Lincoln Leadership.
“Overall, we were very pleased,” said head coach Ed Seidick of his team’s effort and performance. “Our goal is to get better every day.
With three starters back and increased depth, the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team should make an impact in the Colonial League as well as in the District 11 bracket this winter.
The Roughies are coming off a 9-15 season in which they soundly defeated Pine grove, 70-50, in the opening round of the district playoffs before they fell to highly touted Valley Forge Military Academy, 91-46, in the second round.
Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.
The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.
Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.
Travis Brett remembered when his sons, Andrew and Austin, began playing football.
“Andrew didn’t play flag football, but Austin did,” he said. “Andrew started playing when he was six for the 80-pound team, and Austin started in flags.
“I have been blessed to have two athletic sons. They are very different. Andrew has the perfect personality to be a quarterback, but Austin is more excitable and can be nastier.”
For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.
“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.
“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”
With one game left to play, Catasauqua’s football team will look for some consolation after a season of promise quickly dissipated in the November nights.
However, it is the game with the biggest repercussion when the Roughies will take the field Thanksgiving morning in their annual rivalry game at Northampton.
Until then, there is plenty to lament.
When she recently ran at the PIAA cross country meet, Lexi Rushatz had the experience of a lifetime.
Fortunately, the freshman likely will get to enjoy a few more performances on the big stage.
Rushatz finished 198th out of 227 runners in the Class A bracket at the cross country championships at Hershey. Rushatz ran a pace of 8:12 and finished the race in a time of 25:25 on the 3.1-mile course.
It truly will be an unforgettable moment and also a challenging one.
Three weeks ago, Catasauqua traveled to Palmerton and they had trouble containing them on the ground in a 26-7 loss.
This time around, the script wasn’t much different. However, the lone difference had the two teams pitted in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal playoff game at the same site.
Palmerton again won the battle of attrition with its productive ground game in a 42-15 victory. Catasauqua (3-8) appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 2013 season, and they will prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Northampton.
Catasauqua’s soccer team has reaped some of the benefits from the past two seasons, but they realize there are more to come.
For the first time in 10 years, the Roughies advanced to a district playoff game. However, they fell short to Moravian Academy, 5-1, in an opening-round Class A bracket game. Catty finished with an overall 6-11-2 mark, one loss away from the previous year in which they just missed qualifying for districts.