Catasauqua Press

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Roughs find positives in loss to Salisbury

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua can bring plenty of positives with them when they line up for their first home game of the season against Northern Lehigh Friday night at Alumni Field.

The Roughies rebounded late in their opening-game defeat to Salisbury as they battled back from a 28-0 deficit to score 24 fourth-quarter points that eventually resulted in a 38-24 defeat to the host Falcons.

It was an early test of character for the Roughies, who often didn’t respond from a series of games in which the opponent gained a large advantage last season.

Pluchinsky ready to lead the pack

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After her freshman season, Dani Pluchinsky was at an athletic crossroads.

A longtime softball player, Pluchinsky wanted to play a sport in the fall. She admittedly had trouble kicking a ball and ruled out field hockey because of its rules. So, cross country came into the picture.

Yet, it wasn’t a sport that was totally unfamiliar.

Pluchinsky’s mother, Lisa, is an avid runner and has run in races of various lengths. The younger Pluchinsky knew it would be a good fit.

Garner, Safadi ready to help Roughs as seniors

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

A few years ago, Jackie Garner and Selena Safadi encouraged each other to try out for the field hockey team. It was a moment that spawned a close relationship that has helped evolve through athletics.

Now, six years later, the duo is ready to help the Roughies’ field hockey program take the next step. Both Garner and Safadi are among nine seniors who are ready to make a difference.

Tony’s Top Cat captures TOC championship

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Hall brothers, winning a tournament in their literal backyard was something special.

Phil and Derek Hall, both former standouts at Northampton High, paced a Tony’s Top Cat bar and Grill, a locally-based team to the title with a 54-51 win over defending champion Nites recently in the final of the 27th version of the Tournament of Champions at the Catty playground.

Taking the next step

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Three years ago when he took over the program, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn envisioned a group of sophomores who could change the culture of the program during their senior year.

In his first season, Dorn’s squad produced a 3-8 record, a season away from one of the most productive in school history fueled by a core of seasoned seniors. Last year, there was a wave of initial optimism, especially after the team’s impressive 27-0 opening-game shutout over Bangor.

Julie Bisci new Catty field hockey coach

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Julie Bisci has had a busy spring and summer.

She has been planning her September wedding, looking into buying a house, and extending her teaching duties with students who have behavior issues. It can be a full plate for anyone.

But Bisci under took another endeavor, one that has been close to her heart since age 11.

In May, Bisci was named the new head field hockey coach at Catasauqua. She replaced her former boss, Carrie Saul, who left to take the same position at Northampton High School.

Tony’s Top Cat captures TOC championship

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Hall brothers, winning a tournament in their literal backyard was something special.

Phil and Derek Hall, both former standouts at Northampton High, paced a Tony’s Top Cat bar and Grill, a locally-based team to the title with a 54-51 win over defending champion Nites recently in the final of the 27th version of the Tournament of Champions at the Catty playground.

CHS pleased with summer

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua is confident that their overall summer performance can be a prelude toward a successful winter season.

The Roughies recently ended a busy summer schedule with a strong showing at SportsFest. In the tournament, they opened with an avenged win over Quakertown before they dropped games to Easton and Wayne (NJ).

It marked the end to a two-month span in which the Roughies played 30 games in 62 days with their participation in SportsFest, the North Catty and Catty leagues and the Stellar Tournament.

Catty will have to change approach in 2017

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When their season began, Catasauqua’s softball program had expectations to get back to the postseason, but their aspirations beyond that likely wouldn’t materialize.

All-American Hannah Edwards and a small core of returnees would anchor a club that wondered if they could sufficiently fill a roster. There were exactly eight players on their roster before the season began.

Curmaci Dental eyes TOC title

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As long as he can remember, James Snyder had been around the Tournament of Champions.

It has been a summer staple for him and his brother, Andrew, as their father, Eric, began the tournament 27 years ago. There has been a cavalcade of memories he and his family, from the choices of watching, working , and playing.

This summer, though, Snyder can reach a new pinnacle with the tournament.