Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Catty beats Knights

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.

Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.

The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer...

Girls break their losing streak

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.

The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.

With the win, the Roughies upped their overall...

Mission Accomplished

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.

The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.

It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.

“It was nice to clinch early,” said head coach Eric...

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Ice fishing at early season high

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.

Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.

Mohry says the ice at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County located off Route 222 in Evansville, was loaded with ice anglers, despite the freezing temperatures we had. The...

Wrestlers beat PHS

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Catasauqua edged Palmerton 42-37 in a Colonial League wrestling match from last week.

The Rough Riders took advantage of four, forfeit wins, but also came up with three pins in the victory.

The Bombers actually started the match winning five of the first six bouts, which started at 126, to take a 29-6 lead. Tyler Melendez was the lone winner in that span, winning by forfeit at 132.

Catty would rattle off three-straight pins of its own starting at 170. Jack Minogue pinned...

Ritter, Roughs have the right chemistry

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.

Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.

With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.

“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played...

Maddie Emery a key senior for girls team

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Maddie Emery understands the situation.

As a senior, Emery has been an integral part of the Catty girls’ basketball and have watched the team have its share of highs and lows as they struggle to gain respectability.

This season hasn’t been any different. The Roughies will begin the week with an overall 3-10 record, looking to shake a four-game losing streak.

“We have the talent, but we are small,” said Emery about her team’s plight. “We don’t have a big girl like some of...

Boys top Moravian, Salisbury

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team has put up some flashy games on offense this season, scoring 84 points against Notre Dame-Green Pond, 73 at Northwestern, and 69 against Palmerton.

But in order to hold off Moravian Academy on Jan. 6, coach Eric Snyder knew the game needed to be won on defense.

The Rough Riders defeated the Lions 59-52, less than 20 hours after beating Salisbury the night before. Catty improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial League.

Moravian...

Two Phantoms make all-star team

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When you talk about the best players on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, there isn’t much debate. Defenseman T.J. Brennan and winger Danick Martel would be the consensus best of the best for Lehigh Valley. Both were recognized by the AHL when they were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. This year’s AHL All-Star Classic will be played in Utica on Jan. 29, with the skills competition taking place the day before the game.

Brennan, from Moorestown, New Jersey, will play...