Literally speaking, Catasauqua’s cross country team continues to make strides.
With increasing depth and lowering times, the Roughies should be a force throughout the season and beyond.
“Our runners are running really well,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a good summer and the kids worked very hard. We are starting to see the results and it will look better as the year goes on.
“We have been improving in several ways.”
These days, it is the new mantra around the Catasauqua football program.
The Roughies’ recent stout defensive effort has produced two impressive wins over Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl. In the latter, Catty also had their character and mettle tested in a last-minute, 17-14 victory over the Green Knights.
With 57 second left in the game, Devon Troxell booted a 28-yard field goal to lift the Roughies to victory. The win gave the Roughies an overall 2-1 record, as they recorded consecutive road victories for the first time since the 2013 season.
Kyle Zimpfer recalled how he was introduced to the center position in his freshman year.
“I never really played center before high school,” he said. “It was early in the season, and I was told to go in and play center. I had some time in practice, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
“It was kind of different going through the process, and the coaches were a great help. I had mostly played guard or tackle. But I knew once I got it down, there was no turning back.”
Devon Troxell couldn’t recall a similar event to the one that recently happened to him.
It proved to be a momentous one that could totally turn the Roughies season on an upward swing.
Troxell booted a game-winning, 28-yard field goal with 28 second remaining that lifted Catty to a 17-14 victory over Pen Argyl last weekend. The victory – their second consecutive – gave the Roughies a 2-1 overall record heading into a key showdown with Saucon Valley Friday night.
Back in 2004, Danny Richie set the course record at Willow Brook Golf Course when he shot a 62.
Since he was 14, Richie had called the Catasauqua-based course his home. He worked there in his teens and took over the course professional four years ago. The Allentown Central Catholic graduate left the area to pursue a collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, but he knew he would remain tied to his roots at the course.
A few weeks ago, Richie further solidified his presence at the course when he broke his own record by shooting a 59.
Much-needed victories usually don’t happen in the second week of the season. However, the Roughies arguably faced that task, and they answered the call.
Catty had dropped a 47-29 decision to Salisbury in their opener in which they allowed 588 yards of offense from the Falcons.
With anticipation and aspiration on a high note for the season, the Roughies couldn’t afford to put themselves in a 0-2 hole to begin the season when they traveled to Northern Lehigh, and still hold reasonable hopes of a .500 or better season as well as a district playoff.
For the Catasauqua boys’ soccer team, it is not all about the scoring, but the overall performance.
However, the scoring made a huge difference in their opening two games.
The Roughies began the season with two consecutive impressive victories, firing 13 total goals into the net. They rattled Northern Lehigh, 9-0, and then followed with a comeback 4- 1 victory over Lehighton.
New head coach Josh Inman already has seen plenty of positives.
Wil-Quon Clemons wasn’t totally aware of his record-setting, career-high night against Salisbury last week.
The junior running back rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Roughies’ 47-29 loss to the visiting Falcons.
“I knew I would get the bulk of the carries,” said Clemons. “To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I just tried to run as hard as I could. It was good getting all of the work.
On Friday night, Catasauqua’s football team will be looking for history to repeat itself.
The Roughies will travel to Slatington to meet Northern Lehigh in a battle of winless teams. Catty lost to Salisbury, 47-29, while Northern Lehigh was shutout by Southern Lehigh, 42-0.
A year ago, Catty opened its season at Salisbury and suffered a 38-24 defeat. They then rebounded with a second-half surge against Northern Lehigh with a 39-31 win to even their record at 1-1.
They hope their trip north isn’t a wasted one, but one that again will be a worthy one.
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.