The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.
Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.
The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer beater to send the CHS Gymnasium into a frenzy.
Then the halftime whistle blew.
Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.
The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.
It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.
Catasauqua edged Palmerton 42-37 in a Colonial League wrestling match from last week.
The Rough Riders took advantage of four, forfeit wins, but also came up with three pins in the victory.
The Bombers actually started the match winning five of the first six bouts, which started at 126, to take a 29-6 lead. Tyler Melendez was the lone winner in that span, winning by forfeit at 132.
According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.
Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.
The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.
The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.
Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.
The Catasauqua boys basketball team has put up some flashy games on offense this season, scoring 84 points against Notre Dame-Green Pond, 73 at Northwestern, and 69 against Palmerton.
But in order to hold off Moravian Academy on Jan. 6, coach Eric Snyder knew the game needed to be won on defense.
The Rough Riders defeated the Lions 59-52, less than 20 hours after beating Salisbury the night before. Catty improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial League.
Pennsylvania has a new record book bow buck. The 13-point typical buck was arrowed on Oct. 24, 2017 by Ron Shaulis of West Newton, Pa., on public land in Westmoreland County.
The new record buck had a net score of 185-4/8 that surpassed the previous record holder that scored 178-2/8, which was taken in Allegheny County in 2004.
This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.
Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.
With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.
“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played down to our competition at times, we really have lived up to our expectations.
Through the first half of the Catasauqua girls basketball season, coach Ed Seidick searched for a backcourt running mate to pair with senior Makenzie Bradley.
After two strong weeks since the holiday break, freshman Alexis Rushatz has latched on to the role thanks to tenacious defense and an improving 3-point shot.
The Rough Riders dropped an overtime contest to Salisbury on Friday, Jan. 5, but Seidick is pleased with the way his younger players are developing.