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.
Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.
The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.
Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.
Travis Brett remembered when his sons, Andrew and Austin, began playing football.
“Andrew didn’t play flag football, but Austin did,” he said. “Andrew started playing when he was six for the 80-pound team, and Austin started in flags.
“I have been blessed to have two athletic sons. They are very different. Andrew has the perfect personality to be a quarterback, but Austin is more excitable and can be nastier.”
For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.
“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.
“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”