This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.
Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.
With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.
“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played down to our competition at times, we really have lived up to our expectations.
Maddie Emery understands the situation.
As a senior, Emery has been an integral part of the Catty girls’ basketball and have watched the team have its share of highs and lows as they struggle to gain respectability.
This season hasn’t been any different. The Roughies will begin the week with an overall 3-10 record, looking to shake a four-game losing streak.
“We have the talent, but we are small,” said Emery about her team’s plight. “We don’t have a big girl like some of the other team in the league. That can be a problem.
As they begin play in January, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team is looking to ride some momentum as well as continue to develop some depth.
The Roughies began January play with an overall 3-7 record, fresh off an appearance in the championship game of the Wilson Tournament.
Catty defeated Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the opener of the tournament and then they fell to Wilson, 46-25, in the final. Kenzie Bradley had a team-high 11 points in both games.
With January coming with a blast of new weather, Catasauqua’s wrestling team is taking a similar cue.
“We wanted to be healthy for January,” said first-year head coach Joe Russo. “We had a few meets, but we know we have a busy January schedule, and our season really kicks into gear.
“We had some wrestlers injured, but we believe we can have a solid lineup. This will be a busy month for us and we’ll get a good feel for what kind of team we have.”
Andrew Brett wasn’t going to be denied.
The senior quarterback tore his ACL in the team’s final home game against Southern Lehigh, and it appeared his season was over.
Still, Brett was confident he would return for the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton.
Brett did and managed to throw for 141 yards in his final high school football contest. But Brett still had his final basketball season on the horizon.
Through their first three games, the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team averaged 70.3 points per game.
It was a pleasant surprise for head coach Eric Snyder, who admittedly was worried before the season about supplemental scoring beyond Isaiah Graves and Jaylen Green.
Problem is, the Roughies gave up 78 points per game during the same span. It is a major reason they had a 1-2 record opening the season.
Catty began to rectify their problem when they registered a 58-41 victory over Saucon Valley Monday night to even their mark at 2-2. Graves had 25 points.
With his many trips across the “bridge” in the past, Joe Russo certainly is excited about making numerous more treks in the future.
Russo was recently approved by the school board as the new head wrestling coach at Catasauqua replacing Kyle Rusnock, who resigned after three years to spend more time with his family.
Since 2002, Russo has been connected either with a wrestling program at Catasauqua or Whitehall, making seemingly countless trips across the Hokendauqua Bridge between wrestling as well as living in North Catasauqua and teaching at Whitehall High School.
For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it will be a matter of time.
The Roughies opened their season with a lopsided 77-51 loss at Nazareth Dec. 8, but head coach Eric Snyder believes his team will need to sort through their ways to find their identity.
“They (Nazareth) hit too many standing 3’s,” said Snyder about his evaluation of the loss to Nazareth who made eight three-pointers. “It was a 30-26 game and then they hit a three. We scored the next four points to cut it to 33-30, but they came back with another three to make it 36-30.
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.