Catasauqua Press

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”

Heydt, Sturgess scholar athlete winners

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.

Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.

Heydt, Sturgess take home soccer scholar athlete awards

Monday, January 30, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.

Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.

New book explores the mind of an athlete

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Dr. Jarrod Spencer, sports psychologist and founder of Mind of the Athlete, a sports psychology company located in Bethlehem, is on a mission to tear down the stigma of mental health in athletics, so he has written a book called, “Mind of the Athlete ‘Clearer Mind, Better Performance’”.

“This is a bottom-up movement, not a top-down movement,” Spencer said. “The athletes themselves want this, but the funding for mental health in athletics comes from the top down.”

Lehigh Valley starts play Monday

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton High School softball players, Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley, were recently named to the 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team. Three Whitehall players were also named in Mackenzie Guzy, Ashlee Brosky and Kay Solderitch, the MVP of the EPC.

The Lehigh Valley team, coached this year by Blake Morgan, will compete in the Carpenter Cup Classic, a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Roughies fall in semifinals

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

There was a simple explanation for Catasauqua’s 4-1 loss to Pine Grove in the District XI Class AA Softball Semifinal on Tuesday night at Parkland High School.

“We just didn’t hit the way we should have and didn’t put ourselves in advantageous situations,” said Catasauqua coach Bobby Thomas.

Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, the Cardinals did, right from the start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Roughie softball falls in Colonial finals

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Catasauqua’s 2-1 loss to Bangor in the Colonial League softball final was a tough, heartfelt one last week at Pates Park in Allentown.

“I think everyone’s so upset because we had these chances,” said Catty centerfielder Hannah Edwards. “You know, we started this season with eight girls on the team. We had to go up and down the halls at school to recruit people. Some girls had never played softball in their entire lives.”

At game’s end, the Rough Riders lined up for their silver medals with controlled tears in their eyes, disappointment recognized, but confidence unshaken.

What did Matt do?

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Former area pitching star finds 15 minutes of fame - off the field

When Liberty High School graduate, Matt Leon, and his friends, Zach Schellenger, Andrew Lentini, and Chris Talbott, walked into Mark and Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream in West Orange, N.J. this past fall, what they also walked into was an episode of ABC-TV’s “What Would You Do?”

“We overheard a guy raising his voice a little bit,” said Leon. “He was telling his son that he wasn’t getting ice cream because losers don’t get ice cream.”

Embrace Your Dreams: Teaching life skills and values

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Embrace Your Dreams is a non-profit organization located in Bethlehem whose mission is to teach life skills and core values to children between the ages of 8-18 through the games of golf and tennis.

“We expose kids to those games, but once we get them in, we teach things like honesty, respect, responsibility, and how to be better kids,” said Fred Keller, executive director of Embrace Your Dreams.

Rusnock looks back on first season coaching

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Catasauqua High School wrestling coach, Kyle Rusnock, did not exactly seek out the newly available head cross country coaching position when Coach Charles Post stepped down after the 2012 season, but in accepting the offer for the 2013 season, Rusnock is glad he did.

"The runners approached me and asked if I would coach. I always liked cross country. I went to the meets and would watch them run," said Rusnock. "It was a very enjoyable season. The kids were incredible, they never complained, and they were very self-motivated."