Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Trout season opens without prior notice

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

by Nick Hromiak

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission pulled a fast one on trout anglers. Instead of the consolidated Apr. 18 trout opener that was scheduled, a last-minute decision from the PFBC said trout season opened Tuesday, April 7.

“We realize this change is a disruption to tradition,” Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director, said in a news statement. He went on to say anglers still need to follow social distancing (six-feet apart and wear masks) and that trout that...

Wrestlers took steps forward this season

Friday, April 3, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

During the past year, Catasauqua’s wrestling team had their share of experiences and injuries, ones that should definitely shape and provide a positive spin for the future.

“Thought we took another step forward as a program,” said Roughies head coach Joe Russo, who completed his third season at the helm. “Finishing in the top four as a dual meet team for the first time since the early 1990s was a big step.

“It’s worth noting they advanced the field in the early 2000s. We...

CLBBCA selects boys all-stars

Friday, April 3, 2020 by The Press in Sports

Recently, the Colonial League Boys Basketball Coaches Association (CLBBCA), selected and announced its 2019-2020 all-league and MVP award winners.

This week, we’ll take a look at the boys team. The honored players selected were:


Abe Atiyeh (Moravian Academy).

First Team

*Abe Atiyeh (Moravian Academy), *Brendan Boyle (Notre Dame-Green Pond), *Daryl Coleman (Southern Lehigh), *Kody Kratzer (Palmerton), Nate Owens (Bangor) and Jihad Range (Wilson).


Lehigh Valley will miss Mr. Connie Mack

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Among some other traits, Ed Filipovits will always remember the selflessness and preparedness of Mike Oriel Sr.

“If he told us to be there by 10, he was there by eight,” recalled Filipovits about his former friend and colleague. “He also would have all the work done already that we were supposed to do.

“He was just that type of guy.”

Oriel, 73, who coached Northwest Bethlehem Connie Mack and Little League to a titles over his 30-year span as a coach, and also served as...

PIAA board meets

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by The Press in Sports

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the PIAA board of directors, due to the closure of schools and the “stay at home” directives imparted by Gov. Wolf in 26 counties, met via teleconference to discuss various items that would have been part of its regularly scheduled board of directors Meeting of March 18, 2020.

Administrative items discussed included the postponement of Annual Spring District Meetings as well as means to permit voting by member schools on a Board proposed Constitutional...

PIAA meeting sees no action on spring season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.

Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.

Monday Wolf announced that schools...

Travis Brett takes over Catty football program

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Travis Brett watched and waited.

He is one of the few coaches in the Catasauqua football community who has either coached or befriended the majority of players who have passed through the program at the 130-pound level through high school.

In recent years, Brett had entertained thoughts about taking over the varsity program, as he had served as the junior high head coach for the past six years.

Now, his time has come.

Brett recently was approved by the school...

Missing my extended family

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Sports

I could make a case for my favorite sports season being fall, winter, spring, or summer, but I was in the middle of favoring winter when I watched what was left of that season crumble before my eyes on March 12.

What was left were Freedom’s girls’ basketball, Bethlehem Catholic girls’ basketball, Liberty swimming, Moravian Academy diving, and Bethlehem Catholic diving, all in the middle of PIAA state tournaments and meets.

That Tuesday, I had covered the Lady Patriots beating...

Fishing: Trout openers pushed back to April 18

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Lehigh Valley trout anglers will have to wait a bit longer for the trout fishing opener.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that they’re consolidating opening days to one amid concern for the COVID-19 virus.

The separate early opening in 18 southeastern counties that was set for April 4 was canceled and has been reset for April 18 when the remainder of the counties had their usual and statewide opener.

This also affects Mentored Youth Trout...

Now, it’s become a waiting game

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

As each passing day goes, the news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.

For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be at jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10 day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game for direction from those at the top of the food chain.

“There really isn’t much going on because we’re just waiting for...