Catasauqua Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

CHS, WHS prep to start their football workouts

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head coach Travis Brett and head Whitehall mentor Matt Senneca both are drawing plenty of positives from their summer workouts before the anticipated start of the heat acclimatization period Aug. 10.

For both programs, the lone way is forward.

Both teams are looking to raise their bars as they both ironically had winless records last season.

Like most programs across the Lehigh Valley and the states, Catty and Whitehall have anywhere from 10 to 25 players in a...

Alex Knoll to get his chance

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Alex Knoll could tell you that the odds were probably against him.

The likelihood of a Palmerton math teacher playing in one of golf’s major tournaments likely weren’t in his favor.

But Knoll knows golf. And he knows anything can happen.

When the PGA Professional Championship - scheduled for July 19-22 in Austin, Texas - was canceled, Knoll found himself among a select group of players that would be playing in this year’s PGA Championship event.

“It’s an...

Donna Kennedy helped to set trend for girls basketball

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Donna Kennedy is the all-time girls’ basketball scorer and arguably the greatest athlete in Catasauqua High School history, but she saw herself as a part in the renaissance of Lehigh Valley girls’ basketball history.

A renowned athlete for the better part of the last 40 years, Kennedy has kept her career in the proper perspective and doesn’t forlorn nor mince her words.

“I look as us players then as trendsetters,” said Kennedy, who is a 1979 Roughies’ graduate. “There were a...

Outdoors: getting started with kayak fishing

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’d like to get into kayak fishing, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out what you might need to get started. Here are some tips from the folks at Yak Gear that you can use as a beginner kayak angler.

The major consideration when buying a kayak is do you want paddle or pedal driven? Pedal kayaks are propelled by pedaling with your feet and legs, as opposed to holding and using a paddle. Pedal drive kayaks tend to pricey but there’s nothing wrong with the paddle variety....

Jody Karam named Easton wrestling coach

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jody Karam had a regret.

After resigning from the Liberty wrestling job following the 2018-19 season, Karam suddenly felt the void in his life this past January when he told Liberty athletic director Fred Harris that he made a mistake.

That point was only exacerbated in February as he watched the District 11 dual tournament in Memorial Gymnasium.

Karam, Liberty’s all-time leader with 362 career wins, wanted to be out there on the floor giving guidance, but instead was...

PIAA moves toward changing wrestling weight classes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Next wrestling season could see a difference in weight classes, as last week’s PIAA Board of Directors meeting approved a reduction from 14 to 13 weight classes on its first official reading.

The vote was passed by a 30-0 margin and would essentially eliminate the 195-pound weight class.

Liberty head coach Brandon Hall thinks the change will be beneficial to the sport moving forward.

“I think it’s a positive for wrestling,” said Hall. “It was important that they kept the...

Catty Playground could sit quiet this summer For 34 years its hosted activities for kids they remember a lifetime

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Brandon Keks still has vivid memories about his summer days as a youth in the Catasauqua playground program.

“I always say that kids in Catty had it better during the summer than any other kids in the Lehigh Valley,” said Keks, a 2015 Roughies’ graduate and current assistant boys’ basketball coach. “We would start out summer programs at nine o’clock, go home for lunch, and then come back in the afternoon.

“For me, one of the greatest things was playing there, coaching there,...

Local teams ready for tourney

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s Evan Zwolenik and Catasauqua’s Adam Reinhart will be anxious to wear their baseball jersey in early August.

Yes, August is correct.

Both Zwolenik and Reinhart will be members of their respective teams in a Lehigh Valley-based baseball tournament comprised of a 32-team field at DeSales University tentatively Aug 3-9. Teams from the Colonial League and Lehigh Valley Conference along with Pennridge, Upper Perkiomen, and Quakertown will be in the field.

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Larry Miller set to release book

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Sports

The unquestioned best basketball player in Catasauqua history and perhaps the Lehigh Valley has his book ready for press.

“A lot of the stuff that happened to me is now proprietary with the book ready to be released,” Larry Miller said in an exclusive interview with the Press. “Most important for me is that this isn’t all about Larry Miller, it’s about how things were in the area and the impact those things had on me.”

Everything Miller wanted to say is in the book.

“I...

BC among first to hold workouts

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

As Bethlehem Catholic’s football program wrapped up their post workout stretches last week, players were distanced eight feet apart and dismissed line by line.

The Golden Hawks were one of two programs in the area, alongside, Bangor, to have started voluntary, offseason workouts last week, and to say that practices look much different now would be an understatement.

“We’re doing everything outside and not even dealing with the kids going inside to the weight room,” said head...