Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sports just part of Kenzie Bradley’s life

Friday, July 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Kenzie Bradley couldn’t imagine her life with sports. Since she was four, it has been a passion and an anchor in her life.

“I participate in anything I can,” said the soon-to-be senior at Catasauqua High School. “I started with T-ball and it has continued ever since. I just really enjoy playing something all the time. I really don’t need any breaks from sports.”

Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Bradley excelled in basketball, field hockey, and track for the Roughies this past season. As a result, she was chosen as the Catasauqua Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Article By: JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press

Friday, July 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Among all of their individual honors, both Ben Nosal and Ryan Greene shared some common thoughts about their life lessons through athletics as recently graduated student-athletes at Catasauqua.

“Through athletics, I now know I can handle situations in life better,” said Nosal. “You learn about morals and values and how to apply and realize them in life. Sports also taught me to keep working at something even if you are not succeeding with it initially.

Northampton Legion advances to finals

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar likely will remember this past Father’s Day.

Aside from his family’s celebrations, Bodnar watched his Northampton Legion team take stock of itself and begin a rampage that has carried them to the top seed in the playoffs and Northampton County League finals.

“We lost to East Stroudsburg and we played badly” said Bodnar. “I benched four players and the coaches agreed with me that we had to send a message. Our play just wasn’t acceptable.

“That really sunk in because we haven’t lost since then.”

Bilder paces Catty past Pen Argyl

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the early part of the season, Zach Bilder was a mainstay on the mound for Catasauqua in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League.

However, Bilder left the team in the middle of the season to join his Legion squad.

To their credit, Bilder made a timely return in the opening round of the playoffs.

Bilder tossed a complete-game three hitter and recorded 12 strikeouts to lead Catasauqua to a 3-1 victory over Pen Argyl Monday night.

With the win, Catty will advance to meet Northampton in the second round, single-elimination game Wednesday evening.

Lower Mac ends Coplay’s year

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Legion baseball season ended in the playoffs last week, capping a season that was marked by numerous games in a short amount of time.

Manager Jim Murphy knew it would be an uphill battle against Lower Macungie without his full complement of players. He said that he had just nine players for the July 6th game, but they did the best they could before succumbing to Lower Mac, 4-1.

Legion advances past Birches

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton legion teams.

Last Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season meeting extended longer than seven innings.

Northampton tops Birches to advance

Friday, July 7, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton Legion teams.

Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season meeting extended longer than seven innings.

Outdoors: Area fishing scenes are looking pretty good

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the Fourth of July holiday this week, many Lehigh Valley folks take off and many go fishing. As such, here’s a rundown on what’s been happening on local waters.

Willie from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River is fishing good for almost everything. Big trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch and fallfish. Sizeable smallmouth are readily taking leeches. In fact, Willie recalls taking his grandson down to the falls in Cementon last summer and every cast his grandson took a fish with a leech.

Pluchinsky, Stires named Colonial Academic All-Stars

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Seniors Dani Pluchinsky and John Stires have been selected as Catasauqua High School’s Colonial League Academic All-Stars for the 2016-17 school year.

Both students were honored, along with student-athletes from the other 12 Colonial League schools, at the Colonial League Academic All-Star Breakfast that was held at the Green Pond Country Club.

Dani was ranked fifth out of 110 with a grade-point average of 96.61. She is a three-year letter winner in both cross-country and softball, and a four-year letter winner as a boys basketball manager.

Playoffs up next for Coplay

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Baseball great Ernie Banks famously said let’s play two, but with the way this season has unfolded for the Coplay Legion team, doubleheaders have become routine for them since the season started.

Bad weather struck over the weekend, forcing more cancellations. They played another doubleheader on Sunday, with this twin bill featuring league-leading Salisbury.

They lost both games of the doubleheader, dropping their record to 10-5-1. With those two losses, they finished the regular season in third place behind Northern Valley and Salisbury.