Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

High School Football Roundup: Hawks’ Clements throws for 372 yards in win over Liberty

Saturday, September 23, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.

In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.

Northampton-Emmaus

The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.

Boys hope to be past rough patch

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Throughout the early part of the season, Catasauqua’s boys’ soccer team played with plenty of promise and optimism, getting out to a 2-2-1 start under first-year head coach Josh Inman.

Then, like most teams during a season, the Roughies hit the proverbial wall.

Catty dropped three consecutive games, suffering shutouts against Southern Lehigh (6-0), Moravian Academy (4-0), and Salisbury (3-1). However, they bounced back with a 6-0 thumping of Lehigh Valley Christian Tuesday afternoon.

After the win, the Roughies improved to 3-5-1.

Palisades up next for CHS football

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

On paper, it easily can look like a mismatch.

Catasauqua will enter their game against Palisades Friday night with an overall 2-2 record. After the Roughies dropped their opener to Salisbury, they rallied to post consecutive wins against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before they fell to Saucon Valley last weekend.

Conversely, Palisades hasn’t missed a beat.

Pete’s Top-10: Parkland stands firm on top

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.

In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.

With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?

This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.

1. Parkland (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.

Girls search for goals

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In their first three games of the season, Catasauqua’s girls’ soccer team was among the top team in the Colonial League and also recognized as one of the rising teams in the Lehigh Valley.

The Roughies had disposed of Northern Lehigh and Wilson and then battled league contender Saucon Valley to a draining, 0-0, double overtime tie. Catty apparently was riding high with a 2-0-1 record.

“Saucon Valley threw everything at us,” said head coach Randy Gillespie about the game.

“We played 100 minutes of soccer and left everything out on the field. That was huge for us.”

Rodriguez happy to be back on field

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After playing football since he was seven and wrestling in the eighth grade, Derrick Rodriguez decided not to play any sports in his freshman year at Catasauqua.

To this day, he doesn’t have the answer to that decision.

“I went out for wrestling in eighth grade and I really liked it,” said Rodriguez. “When I got to high school, I didn’t go out for any sports. I really don’t know why. It just happened.

“But I soon realized I wanted to go back.”

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Friday, September 15, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.

Liberty-Whitehall

The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.

Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.

IronPigs see season come to an end

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.

Outdoors: Rain puts a halt on productive fishing

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.

But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say: