Catasauqua Press

Friday, May 26, 2017

Making the Trip to Ship

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When she entered high school, Kenzie Bradley knew she wasn’t going to play softball. Instead, she discovered a sport that has well suited her.

The quick transition from softball to track has been a smooth one.

“My dad wanted me to play softball,” said Bradley, a junior. “Once I realized it really wasn’t for me, I was done with it. I just wanted to try (track) and I thought I would be OK with it.

“But I have really fallen in love with the sport. It has been great so far...

Baseball looking to advance past opening game

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With a solid starting staff and the potential of firepower in their lineup, Catasauqua is optimistic about its chances returning to the PIAA District 11 Class 3A baseball playoffs for the first time in two years.

The Roughies will enter the postseason with an overall 9-11 record, ending the regular season dropping three of their final four games. However, they posted a 9-9 mark in the Colonial League that helped advance their cause.

Catty, seeded seventh in the district,...

Roughies are back in the playoffs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After nearly two challenging years, the Roughies are back in the district playoffs.

The Roughies clinched a postseason berth when they captured a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over Northwestern in a home night game at Parkland on May 10. It gave them their first playoff game in two seasons.

In the game, Zach Bilder had another strong effort, as he hurled a 10-strikeout, two-hit gem. Bilder led off the bottom of the sixth and came home with the winning run when Cam Ritter drove him...

Roughs compete at CL meet

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO AND SCOTT PAGEL SPAGEL@TNONLINE.COM in Sports

The Catty track team competed in the Colonial League meet last week at East Stroudsburg South.

The 400 relay team, after taking over the top seed, took second behind Southern Lehigh. The Spartans had a winning time of 50.85 while Catty had a 51.29. Tyra Brown, Hanasia Jenkins, Amaiya Johnson and Kenzie Bradley ran the relay for the Roughies, who will get another shot at Southern Lehigh in this week’s District 11 meet at Blue Mountain.

In the end, the goal is to get to the next...

New approach working for ’Hounds Matos

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After two seasons, Janae Matos realized that she had to take a more patient approach at the plate for the Moravian softball team.

“I knew I had to be a lot more calmer,” said the former Catasauqua standout. “I am finding and waiting on better pitches. During my first two years, I was swinging at everything in the strike zone.

“This year, I am seeing everything better. I’m waiting on pitches and I’m in a really good zone right now.”

Matos has posted the numbers to prove...

400 relay eyes a berth at state meet

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s track team headed to the PIAA District 11 meet this week with plenty of promise and opportunity.

The Roughies best chance of claiming a gold medal is with their girls’ 4 X 100 relay team of Tyra Brown, Kenzie Bradley, Hanasia Jenkins, and Amaiya Johnson, who combined to finish second behind Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League meet. The foursome was the defending league champions and they lost by a split second to Palisades at last year’s district meet.

At the...

Tick-borne disease could affect spring gobble hunters

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Spring gobbler hunters beware.

There’s a new rare, potentially deadly tick-borne disease that has been identified in Pennsylvania by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). And the agency says it could be worse than Lyme disease.

CDC says the same tick that carries Lyme has caused Powassan, or POW for short. The agency says the virus can affect the nervous system, your memory, your thinking and your balance.

So far the disease, says CDC, has killed one Minnesota woman...

Reichl unsure if she’ll be back on mound

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the early phases of the second game of the season against Notre Dame, Alexia Reichl was in a good position with a 7-1 lead and six strikeouts in the process.

The junior right-hander was headed toward another strong season ahead. Suddenly, though, Reichl felt her arm stiffen and couldn’t pitch.

“I didn’t have any feeling in my arm,” recalled Reichl. “My arm just became stiff and I had trouble moving it. I just couldn’t pitch anymore.”

Since then, Reichl has been...

Colonial meet gets under way on Tuesday

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Day 1 of the Colonial League meet was held on Tuesday afternoon at East Stroudsburg South.

Kenzie Bradley took second place in the long jump with a 17-1.75. She finished behind Jill Olewine of Northern Lehigh who was seeded ahead coming into the event. The two were scheduled to battle it out in the triple jump on Wednesday, which is after Press deadlines.

Jacob Wittman continues to lead the way in the pole vault as the top seed, clearing 12-6, he’ll also be in action on...

Baseball team in need of wins as season closes

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Editor's note - A 5-0 Catty loss to Lehighton on Thursday eliminated any chance at a Colonial League playoff berth. Palmerton and Catty were battling for the sixth seed and it came down to a tiebreaker, which was district rating. The loss to the Indians gave the Bombers the sixth seed.

 

For the Catasauqua baseball team, it is crunch time.

The Roughies have endured a roller coaster season, hitting their share of highs and lows during the season. They are seeking to get...