When she was very young, Montana Muller had already decided that she didn’t want to play the usual sports. She wanted to try something out of the ordinary.
At age 5, she began to venture into the world of gymnastics. Nearly 10 years later. Muller has never looked back.
The Catasauqua freshman has developed to where she has been a regular state and state regional area qualifier among the top-10 performers in her categories over the past few years.
It’s easy to see how it has been a perfect fit.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team will begin the new year with plenty of promise as well as a challenging January ahead. The Roughies ended December on a high note when they downed Southern Lehigh, 36-21.
In the match, Ben Nosal (220) and Tyler Youseff (195) both continued their strong season by registering falls and Bradley Panto also broke through with a fall at 160. Malik Sharif (113) looked good in a 9-2 decision and Jacob Lastch (182) brought home a 8-3 win. Bradshaw Henning (108) and Tyler Melendez (126) both were awarded forfeits at their respective classes.
As he heads into the bulk of the wrestling season, Tyler Youssef won’t be short on motivation.
“My goal is to get to districts, regionals, and states,” said the senior. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it is a tournament or a dual meet. I’ll give everything I have every time out there.
“We as a team have a good group of seniors on the team that can provide leadership. It is a big thing for me, and seniors [Ryan] Greene and [Ben] Nosal. My mindset is to get a district medal first and then move on.”
Entering his junior year at Franklin and Marshal, Zack Bradley had mixed feelings of anxiety and doubt.
The former Catasauqua standout, who rewrote the school’s passing records in 2012 and 2013, believed he had a solid chance at being the starting quarterback for the Diplomats after seeing sporadic action at the position his first two years.
However, it wasn’t until the fourth game of the season when Bradley took over at the helm.
The Catasauqua girls’ basketball team should have a good indication in which direction its season is headed this year.
The Roughies began the year by splitting its first two games in the Tamaqua Girls’ Basketball Tournament, losing to the Blue Raiders in the championship game after beating East Stroudsburg South in the opening game.
The Roughies hosted Notre Dame in the first notch of the measuring stick, and they couldn’t get on track as they fell in a 64-19 defeat.
Around this time every year, Roughies’ head coach Eric Snyder begins to look at the initial possibilities of his team’s chances of making the district playoffs. The Roughies began the season two years away from postseason play, their last visit being a pair of appearances in the district finals in 2013 and 2014.
With a 55-48 win over Saucon Valley Monday, Catty got its record back to 2-3 overall. They hosted Northern Lehigh Wednesday and then will host Palmerton Dec. 30 before they return over the holidays with a trip to Palisades Jan. 3.
For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it is a matter of confidence and maturity.
Through their first two games this season, the Roughies certainly have battled, but they have fallen short in crucial periods of the games. As a result, Catty has dropped its first two games of the season, ones that easily could have tilted in their direction.
Their latest defeat was a 62-53 loss to Notre Dame Monday night in which the Roughies had a 19-15 lead after one quarter and a 28-27 advantage at the half.
Head coach Eric Snyder believed the night was a battle of attrition.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team received a good indication of their potential in the recent Rough Rider Invitational.
The Roughies had two third-place finishers and a pair of fourth-place ones in a tournament that was dominated by Methacton, who crowned six champions. Pen Argyl was second and Lake Lehman was third in the 12-team tournament.
Catty’s Ryan Greene and Tyler Melendez took home third-place medals a t 152 and 126 pounds receptively. Oscar Cordone (132) and Alec Hartranft (145) both finished fourth overall in the weight classes.
If Catasauqua wished to succeed on the hardwood this winter, it simply will be due to their sheer determination. It certainly won’t be attributed to their height as the Roughies’ tallest player to take the court will be 6-foot-2.
Simply put, size will be a factor.
“This is probably the smallest team I have ever coached,” said veteran head coach Eric Snyder, who is beginning his 25th year at the helm. “We are really, really small. But we have had some very good practices that have been intense.
After just missing the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program has plenty of incentives for making it to the postseason this winter.
For starters, head coach Ed Seidick believes this is his deepest club in his three-year stay with the team. The Roughies likely will be able to go 10 or 11 players deep from a squad that posted an overall 9-13 mark, a six-game improvement from the previous season.