Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bulked up Raysely ready to get the season started

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Corey Raysely, the waiting truly has been the hardest part.

The Catasauqua junior is extremely anxious to begin the baseball season. Despite looming rain issues, he will get his wish when the Roughies open the 2017 campaign this week in Colonial league action.

It couldn’t come any sooner as Raysely has been ready since the football season ended. Raysely is ecstatic about several issues, one mainly dealing with the addition of 18 pounds to his 5-foot-10, 120-pound frame as a wide receiver and shortstop for the Roughies’ programs.

Roughs want to get back to D-11 playoffs

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After they missed the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s baseball team appears ready to take the initial steps toward getting back to the postseason.

A good start would certainly help. The Roughies took the nod and didn’t waste any time.

Catty had its final tuneup before the regular season as they scrimmaged Liberty March 25. The two teams played eight innings and the Roughies lost a tight 6-4 battle.

Via All-Star games set for Saturday

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.

Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.

Outdoors: Trout season kicks off on Saturday, April 1

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The banks of local streams and creeks will be lined with anglers come Saturday, April 1, when the regional trout fishing opener kicks off in 18 southeastern counties. The crowds will resemble a celebration of sorts as anglers, many with families young and old, try their luck to catch a few recently stocked trout.

If you have a boat, canoe, kayak or float tube, you may want to join the bank fishermen at Leaser Lake as it too has been stocked and is the only fish species in the lake that can legally be kept.

Numbers are up for track

Friday, March 24, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With some welcomed depth and a strong returning unit, Catasauqua’s track program will look to further climb the ladder this spring.

The Roughies have nearly 60 athletes in their camp, a number that is relatively higher than normal. Yet, they will not have experience on their side in many events.

“We have been looking good so far,” said head coach Glen Reightler. “We do have quite a few underclassmen that will look to get better later in the season. But our numbers haven’t been this high in a few years. That’s a good sign for us.

Deer harvest went up over last season

Friday, March 24, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

Berger key member of CHS pitching staff

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After a year of honing his overall game, Rod Berger is ready to take the step to the next level.

For the Catasauqua baseball team, it could be a large one with huge ramifications.

Berger will enter his senior season with the Roughies as arguably the top pitcher in their rotation. At the moment, he shares that honor with fellow senior Colin Hawk, as the duo gradually developed into an effective one-two punch last spring.

HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.