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.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program is still working to field a full lineup, but the Roughies will return as developed a core as they have had over the past few seasons. With a strong returning unit in place, Catty expects to make some noise on both the individual and team fronts this winter.
The Roughies will have the benefit of opening the season at home, as they will host their own tournament this weekend.
“We’re looking pretty good,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We feel we can go into the season now with what we have, and these kids are ready to go.
Catasauqua’s football team can’t be cited for a lack of hustle during their recently completed season.
However, the Roughies will admit they missed their share of opportunities that mightily contributed to their overall 2-9 record this year. Their latest setback was a 42-25 loss to Northampton on Thanksgiving Day.
The Roughies rebounded after they found themselves in a 21-0 halftime deficit.
For Catasauqua, a win over Northampton surely can quickly turn a dismal end of the season into a productive one.
“This is our Super Bowl,” said senior wide receiver Ryan Greene. “Everybody is really on board with that. We know what we went through this year, and a win can help us forgot all the bad feelings.”
The Roughies will take Alumni Field Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the 94th annual meeting between the small-town rivals. Catty will look to reverse the fate from the previous two seasons in which Northampton won both contests, last year in a 40-26 victory.