Catasauqua began a four-week portion of its schedule last week that easily could turn them into either a contender of a pretender.
The Roughies began by hosting Pen Argyl – a game that could have turned each program’s season –followed by a trip to league powerhouse Saucon Valley and then Palisades before returning home against winless Wilson. It concluded with a trip to Green Pond for a battle with the Crusaders.
Needless to say, there was a stiff challenge ahead, one that could lead them to a possible .500 record and a district berth in the new classification and format.
Catasauqua’s cross country team may not reach the top echelon of teams in the Lehigh Valley, but they continue to build on their ascent.
The Roughies girls’ and boys’ teams are off to a solid start this season, as both units have been lowering their times and improving their overall performance in the process. In fact, the girls’ team already has registered two wins over Moravian Academy and Palmerton.
Before the season, Catasauqua boys’ soccer coach Mike Baclawski had some high expectations.
So far, he hasn’t been disappointed.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 3-3 mark, their latest outing being a satisfying 2-1 win over Bangor. It came after a 7-0 blanking from Saucon Valley followed by a convincing 5-1 win over Tamaqua.
Even though the Roughies have been battling consistency, they have been pleased with their overall results.
Catasauqua realizes the third week of the football season is still relatively early, but the Roughies aren’t taking anything likely.
They return home to Alumni Field Friday night to face a potentially dangerous Pen Argyl team that basically faces the same predicament as the home team. Pen Argyl (1-1) opened the season with an impressive 28-7 win over Wilson, but they were thumped by Saucon Valley, 42-7, last weekend.
Both teams want to use a victory as a key momentum swing.
Andrew Brett never recorded six touchdowns in a game. Fortunately, his team also recorded a first in two-plus seasons.
Brett threw for five touchdowns and ran for another and the Roughies recorded as many points as they had on Thanksgiving Day in 2013 as Catty edged Northern Lehigh, 39-33, to notch their first win of the season last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.