Catasauqua Press

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Playoff hoops heating up in Catasauqua

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It’s mid-July in Catasauqua and playoff basketball is starting to heat up.

The Catty League reached the quarterfinal stage Tuesday, and the North Catty League finds itself in a similar situation. The nearby Stiles league in Whitehall will begin their playoffs next week.

All three leagues will crown champions that will participate in the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tournament of Champions in early August.

In the three quarterfinals games in the Catty League, Catty...

Bradley transfers to F&M

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In her junior and senior years at Catasauqua, Kenzie Bradley was recognized as one of the better track athletes in the Lehigh Valley with her prowess in the long jump, triple jump and relays.

As a result, Bradley earned a track scholarship to Bucknell University.

However, her first year wasn’t a momentous one. Bradley, a three-sports athlete at Catasauqua, soon realized both track and Bucknell weren’t good fits and shifted gears.

This winter, Bradley will be playing...

Outdoors: Best fishing could be lakes, ponds

Friday, July 19, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the heavy rain we’ve been having, stream and river fishing has been curtailed. During these times, anglers are best advised to fish lakes and ponds that aren’t affected as severely. As such, selected local waters are fishing fairly productively.

Willie Marx of Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, says the Lehigh River has surprisingly receded quickly. “I have a Hollywood block placed vertically on the shoreline below my shop, it’s my water level measurement device. There...

Coplay ousted in LV Legion playoffs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The season ended last week for the Coplay Senior Legion baseball team, bowing out of the league playoffs against Salisbury.

Coplay dropped out of the playoffs, according to the league, prior to their game with Salisbury, giving Salisbury the victory.

Prior to that game, they faced the Carbon Monarchs in the opening round and lost 11-1 behind Brad Buzzard’s six-RBI performance. With the two losses, Coplay was eliminated from the playoffs. Austin Miller went 2-3 in the loss....

Checking out where some former Pigs have landed

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis...

Chromiak, Molchan, Yanek honored in North Catasauqua

Friday, July 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.

“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.

“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”

A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.

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Coplay set for playoffs

Friday, July 12, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Coplay will be among the eight Lehigh Valley Senior Legion baseball teams vying for the league title when the playoffs get underway this Wednesday.

The double-elimination tournament may have a distinct favorite on paper with South Parkland sporting an undefeated 14-0 record, but Coplay could play spoiler once they take the field.

Coplay ended the regular season 5-9-1, finishing in the fifth spot in the standings. They head into the playoffs off a resounding 15-5 victory over...

Outdoors: What to do if you come across a rattlesnake

Friday, July 12, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At this time of year, a good many outdoors oriented folks head to the hiking trails, be in the in Pocono Mountains or the vast Appalachian Trail that runs locally through the Blue Mountains and beyond through 14 states. As such, keep in mind there are hazards along the way. Namely, rattlesnakes.

Rattlers strike fear in the hearts of many people, especially those who believe the only good snake is a dead snake. Hikers in particular, need to know that people bitten by rattlesnakes are...

Haseley seeing up and down season

Friday, July 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s been a wild season for Adam Haseley.

After being selected by the Phillies with their first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Haseley has moved quickly through the minor league system thanks in part to a whirlwind 2019 season that has seen him move from Double-A ball in Reading all the way to the majors and then back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Haseley was born and raised in Florida and played college ball in Virginia. As a pro, he played in the Gulf Coast League before...