The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.
Catasauqua’s baseball team got just what it needed – three timely wins.
Plagued by inexperience and injuries, the Roughies were sputtering and struggling with a 1-5 record, and they didn’t see any help in sight.
But they rallied for three impressive wins and raised their mark to 4-5 overall, and more importantly, 4-4 in league play.
Catty defeated Salisbury, 3-1, and followed it with a 15-5 victory over Moravian Academy and a 13-3 drubbing of Bangor.
The Colonial League released its top track and field performances list.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman continues to lead the way in the pole vault with the top spot, clearing 14-0.
On the girls side, Tyra Brown is second in the 100 with a time of 12.7 and she’s fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.2.
Also making the list is Kenzie Bradley, who is fourth in the high jump clearing 5-1 and she’s also fifth in the long jump with a distance of 16-10.5.
In her senior season, Tyra Brown couldn’t have asked for better timing.
Brown was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter events through the Roughies first three meets of the season. She attributed her success to probably being in the best track shape of her high school career, a fitting time for her and her teammates.
“I believe I am in the best shape I have been,” said Brown. “I lifted a lot during the offseason and ran much more than I have. It was much more intense than it has been over the past three years. I wanted to go out with a bang and do the very best that I can do.”
Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.
After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.
It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.
For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.
And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.
The Catty boys and girls track teams dropped a pair of meets recently to Notre Dame and Wilson, but weren’t without their share of winners.
Tyra Brown led the way taking first in both the 100 and 200 with times of 13.2 and 27.4 respectively. Kenzie Bradley took first in the high jump clearing 4-8 along with the long jump with a distance of 15-06.75.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman cleared 12-00 to win the pole vault competition.
The boys lost to Wilson 131-18 and to NDGP 128-14. The girls fell to the Warriors 97-51 and lost to the Crusaders 105.5-39.5.
Unlike most basketball coaches, Ed Seidick loves to watch videotapes of games.
However, Seidick began to lose his desire during the latter part of the season. The Catasauqua girls’ basketball coach began to think it was time for a change.
“I love to watch videotapes and break down games, “ he said. “But about the last quarter of the season, I wasn’t putting in the time that I usually did. I knew I was compromising myself and the kids.
“I wasn’t doing the kids any justice and my desire wasn’t the same.”
With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.
Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.
In the early going, Catasauqua’s baseball team is learning how to mature.
The young, inexperienced Roughies became victims to the unusually late batch of winter weather that limited their practice schedule, a major component to their success this season.
Instead, they are literally learning on the run as they continue to search for consistency on both ends of their game. Their 13-1 loss at Palisades Monday dropped their overall mark to 1-5 on the season.