Catasauqua Press

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Catasauqua track team disappointed by lost season

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head track coach Kyle Rusnock had the date of March 24 circled on his calendar for a long time.

It was scheduled as the Rough Riders first meet of the season at Saucon Valley. Rusnock saw it as the launchpad to a soaring year for the Roughies.

Unfortunately, we know how this story turned out.

“I think we had the right atmosphere here and their attitude and work ethic was outstanding,” said the ever-upbeat Rusnock, before schools were closed and the season was canceled. “It really was great.

Outdoors: 2019 one of safest years on record

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the spring gobbler hunting season underway, it’s interesting to note that for the first time in history, and during the 2019 spring turkey season, not a single hunting-related shooting incident was recorded, a time that historically garnered the most of these incidents. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) hopes that continues for 2020.

Phantoms, AHL seasons are officially canceled

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

American Hockey League (AHL) president and chief executive officer David Andrews last Monday delivered news to teams and fans that wasn’t unexpected but also wasn’t wanted.

The league has officially decided to cancel the remainder of their regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs for the league because of the coronavirus. The season was suspended March 13 and standings and statistics through March 12 will be considered official for the 2019-2020 season.

Bowling - whatever happened?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

It was estimated that nearly 20-percent of the population bowled each and every year at least once during a calendar year.

The Bethlehem Area Bowling Association, at one time, had nearly 100 lanes available at a variety of sites to compete. Of course, Town & Country Lanes on Stefko Boulevard was the largest and still has a number of leagues competing on a weekly basis.

Compared to years gone by, well, it’s just no comparison.

Yes, many of the alleys were located in private clubs, but finding an open lane was a difficult task.

Football coaches keeping contact with players

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It is a different time for area high school football coaches as they take the initial steps in preparation for a 2020 football season.

“Football can be different from any other sport in terms of preparation,” said Northampton head skipper Kyle Haas in lieu of the coronavirus outbreak. “We have an amount of information that we plan to distribute to our offense and defense.

“We plan to implement what we want to do for the fall in a program.”

East West game among those canceled

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in a recent release said they must cancel all of their major events surrounding Memorial Day weekend 2020.

These public events include the Big 33 Football Classic, East West Game, a first-ever PSFCA High School Combine, USA Football 1st Down Clinic, Military Murph Competition, and the Big 33 Fan Experience.

Annual Big 33 football game shelved for 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Big 33 football game has been a part of Pennsylvania’s football history for the past 60 years. Unfortunately, that run has come to an end this spring, as the game has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee that organizes the event put out a release recently about the cancellation of this year’s contest, which was slated to take place on May 25.

It was the Palestra and Boston Garden rolled into one

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Eric Snyder refers to it as Catasauqua’s “Palestra.” Dave Troxell likes to call it the town’s “Boston Garden.”

Snyder, the current boys’ basketball coach, and Troxell, the former girls’ basketball coach, both played and coached at the Lincoln Street Middle School Gymnasium, once a Lehigh Valley basketball mecca from 1954 to 2005.

Outdoors: warmer fishing days ahead

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

After a cold and unseasonable weekend, this week’s forecast of temperatures in the 60s should allow better fishing conditions.

Before the cold front hit, anglers were picking up trout from area streams and the Lehigh River. In particular, the Little Lehigh from Bogart’s Bridge downstream that was stocked last Thursday with fish from the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Hatchery. And from stream reports, anglers there were picking up some sizable trout. One angler caught and released 21 on the day after the stocking so there should be a lot of leftovers.