Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder knows how difficult it can be to beat a team three times during a season.
He and his team will face that task Saturday afternoon.
The third-seeded Roughies will meet sixth-seeded Northern Lehigh in a District 11/1 Class 3A quarterfinal game at Northampton High School this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Catty won at Northern Lehigh, 62-59, on Dec. 20, and then beat them on their own court, 54-42, Jan. 20.
Mike McClarin won’t forget his experience at the Naval Academy anytime soon.
In fact, he plans on building some of its foundations in his approach as the new head football coach of the Catasauqua Rough Riders.
McClarin, a former Liberty High standout and assistant at the school, and at Dieruff High School, was approved at a school board meeting Tuesday night to head the program. McClarin takes over for Phil Dorn, who resigned after posting a 9-36 record over the previous four seasons.
A day later, Eric Snyder still couldn’t believe what happened.
Snyder and his team were still reeling from a stunning 74-53 loss at home to Wilson in the opening round of the Colonial League playoffs.
With the defeat, the Roughies (14-9) will await their opponent in the opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs February 24 at a time and a site yet to be determined.
As a sophomore, Jaylen Green could be in an uncomfortable position as a team leader.
But Green continues to develop on and off the court for the Roughies this season, perhaps peaking at the right time for his team down the stretch.
He and leading scorer Isaiah Graves have provided a perfect combination for the team.
“Isaiah (Graves) can lead his way and I can be more vocal,” said Green. “We approach it in different ways, but we both can lead the team. It has been working for both of us.”
Last season, Miguel Hernandez took a year off from basketball to nurse some injuries from football.
This year, Hernandez is back on the court after another productive year with football, one in which he saw some time at quarterback as well as his effective wide receiver position.
It has been a rather smooth transition for Hernandez this season, as he is evolving into a solid contributor for the Roughies. At just over six-foot, Hernandez has played the post, and he is making the most of it.
Every time she leaves the floor, Kenzie Bradley knows she can leave somewhat content.
“I tend to expect the least,” said the senior. “Whatever happens, happens. I usually can be content. I just try and do my best and whatever happens, I’ll be happy.”
Bradley is one of five seniors who soon will end their careers in the Catasauqua girls’ basketball program.
For Cullen Bond, basketball is a family thing.
More importantly, it is life.
Bond is one of three brothers who have played in the Roughies’ program. In his senior season, Bond is enjoying the fruits of the Roughies’ strong season.
It has been a time of the present and the past.
“We expected to have a good season,” said Bond, who is a 6-3 post player. “We had a bad loss to start the season against Nazareth, but then we bounced back with a big win over Notre Dame.
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team is experiencing one of its better seasons in recent years, as the Roughies are on top of the Colonial League Western Division and have clinched a district playoff spot.
Yet, head coach Eric Snyder realizes there are still some obstacles ahead.
“We have to get our scoring back,” said Snyder. “We have been getting scoring from a number of people, but teams have been scouting us and making adjustments. We have to start shooting more.
“We have done a nice job, but we still have some tough games ahead.”
Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.
The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.
It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.
The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.