Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Large senior group looking to win

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.

“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.

“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”

Hernandez will be one of 15 seniors who will be playing in their final Thanksgiving Day rivalry game against Northampton at...

Kids ready for clash with Roughies

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’ll be the 95th overall meeting between Northampton and Catasauqua this Thanksgiving and it’s the annual clash that both communities are always excited for, no matter what the records are for both teams.

This is the community Super Bowl for both teams, as they enter the 91st actual Thanksgiving Day clash with identical 3-8 records.

Northampton owns a 57-33-4 lead in the series, including three wins in a row in the series following last year’s 42-25 victory.

The Kids...

Bretts could have impact on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Travis Brett remembered when his sons, Andrew and Austin, began playing football.

“Andrew didn’t play flag football, but Austin did,” he said. “Andrew started playing when he was six for the 80-pound team, and Austin started in flags.

“I have been blessed to have two athletic sons. They are very different. Andrew has the perfect personality to be a quarterback, but Austin is more excitable and can be nastier.”

Father Brett will see his sons play on a high school football...

Outdoors: Potential for buck harvest increase again

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The traditional after Thanksgiving firearms deer hunting season opener (Monday, Nov. 27) has, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the largest turnout of hunters who harvest about a quarter of the season’s bucks. But the agency says this season has the potential of seeing a buck harvest increase for the third straight year.

The reasoning behind this, says PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans, is due to last year’s massive acorn crop and mild winter that paved the way...

Fast start paced Kids in 2016

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

In the 90th annual meeting on Thanksgiving Day between Catasauqua and Northampton (94th total), it was the Kids who came away with a convincing 42-25 victory on the road at Alumni Field.

The victory gave the Kids a 57-33-4 advantage in the series.

Northampton got off to a fast start in last year’s game, jumping out to a 21-0 advantage before the half. Catty would try to climb back into the game with two third quarter touchdowns but the Kids would maintain their advantage.

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Rushatz aims to make return

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When she recently ran at the PIAA cross country meet, Lexi Rushatz had the experience of a lifetime.

Fortunately, the freshman likely will get to enjoy a few more performances on the big stage.

Rushatz finished 198th out of 227 runners in the Class A bracket at the cross country championships at Hershey. Rushatz ran a pace of 8:12 and finished the race in a time of 25:25 on the 3.1-mile course.

It truly will be an unforgettable moment and also a challenging one.

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CHS hosts competition

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Catasauqua High School was the site for the 2017 Colonial League Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 8.

Eight squads competed in the Game Day Division, and three squads competed in the Competition Division.

Northwestern won the Game Day Division, followed by Wilson, Bangor, Saucon Valley and Pen Argyl.

“The girls did well in practice, but tonight was the best I’ve ever seen them perform that routine,” said Northwestern Lehigh coach Kristie Dangello.

The Tigers’...

Catty prepping for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With one game left to play, Catasauqua’s football team will look for some consolation after a season of promise quickly dissipated in the November nights.

However, it is the game with the biggest repercussion when the Roughies will take the field Thanksgiving morning in their annual rivalry game at Northampton.

Until then, there is plenty to lament.

The Roughies began the preseason with 16 seniors in tow and returned quarterback Andrew Brett, who threw for more than 2,...

Bombers advance to D11 final

Friday, November 10, 2017 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Moving the chains. It’s a pretty well known term in the game of football.

And on Friday night, it seemed to be the Palmerton Blue Bombers’ motto.

That’s because the Bombers (8-3) dominated up front by chewing up yards and the clock throughout the night. Palmerton earned an impressive 19 first downs in the game, en route to a 42-15 victory over Catasauqua in the semifinals of the District 11 2A playoffs. With the win, Palmerton will now go on to play in its second consecutive...

Palmerton downs Roughies

Friday, November 10, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Three weeks ago, Catasauqua traveled to Palmerton and they had trouble containing them on the ground in a 26-7 loss.

This time around, the script wasn’t much different. However, the lone difference had the two teams pitted in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal playoff game at the same site.

Palmerton again won the battle of attrition with its productive ground game in a 42-15 victory. Catasauqua (3-8) appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 2013 season, and they...