Catasauqua Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

Outdoors: after warm winter, be aware of ticks

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With families and outdoor lovers taking to Penn’s Woods to hike and camp, be aware it’s tick season. And since we had a mild winter, tick populations could be higher and eager to attach themselves to our bodies.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Health, they’re warning residents that symptoms of Lyme disease, that’s transmitted through tick bites, are often similar to those of coronavirus. Both share similar symptoms of fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and more. And a...

Catasauqua football teams of the 90s were special

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Joe Gmitter always will remember the “mudslides.”

“That was a Catty thing,” recalled the All-Colonial League offensive and defensive senior lineman on the 1995 football team. “We would practice on Thomas Field. Anytime it was a sloppy practice, we would have mudslides afterward.

“That’s where we would have the bonfires. I did one (mudslide) and got about a 10-inch cut on my arm from a nail. I never told the coaches about it.”

Mudslides were among a cavalcade of memories...

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines for sports

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley sports programs are on the verge of getting back together following preliminary guidelines released last week by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The press release stated that members of the PIAA can resume activities for programs in the yellow and green phases of the COVID-19 plan.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” Wolf said in a news release. “This guidance balances keeping student...

Outdoors: Keep an eye out for turkey vultures

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

You may have noticed several turkey vultures circling in the sky since early spring. They’re even being seen in the West end of Allentown when a woman posted on a blog that one landed in her backyard.

Vultures, sometimes called buzzards and when I was a kid my dad would refer to them as chicken hawks, are blackish birds with long wingspans that are commonly soaring in wide circles as they seek out carrion to eat. They’re often referred to as nature’s vacuum cleaners as they’ll feast...

LV-Pocono HOF sets banquet date of Nov. 1

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley-Pocono Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction dinner, postponed May 9 because of the coronavirus, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Northampton Memorial Banquet and Event Center in Northampton.

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 is headed by retired North Carolina State football coach Chuck Amato (Easton, 1964) and 14-year Major League Baseball pitcher Gary Lavelle (Liberty, 1967).

The other inductees are Michael Brichta (Southern Lehigh...

Races to take place at Pocono this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Sports

After NASCAR’s recent schedule announcement, Pocono Raceway’s 2020 Doubleheader Weekend will feature five races in three days from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28.

These events, as previously announced and in accordance with Pennsylvania state officials’ guidance, will take place without fans in attendance.

Pocono Raceway has also partnered with Pocono Organics, a regenerative organic farm located on track property, for Saturday’s Race for Family Farms program.


Former Rough Bradley coaching, teaching football

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As a player and a coach, Catasauqua’s Zach Bradley has seen his share of firsts out on the football field.

Recently in Scotland, he had another memorable one.

“That was the first time I saw a 52-year-old rookie on a football field,” mused Bradley. “Most of the players are anywhere from their 20s to early 30s.

“But you see some big guys. There was a 6-6, 290-pound lineman who could play over here in the NFL. It was funny to have a 30-year-old call me ‘coach.’”


Catty, NHS waiting for the green light

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Athletic programs at Catasauqua and Northampton breathed a recent sigh of relief.

Their teams will take the first step to return to a state of normalcy in the upcoming weeks from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on June 10 that high school, collegiate, and professional sports can return to action under guidelines in each county for summer workouts as well as in the fall. As this week began, both Lehigh and Northampton counties were in the yellow phase...

Baseball tourney hopeful to be played in early August

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

While spring sports were canceled across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are plans for baseball action this summer for seniors who missed out on their final season of high school baseball.

Dan Villanti, an assistant director of alumni relations at DeSales University and the director of the Rising Stars travel baseball program, has organized the tournament with the help of Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos and Notre Dame head coach Mike Bedics.

The tournament...

Outdoors: Now is the time to retune your bow

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With two-and-a-half months before the start of the deer bowhunting season in Wildlife Management Units (WMU) 2B, 5C and 5D, and an additional two weeks thereafter before it starts in the remainder of the state, now may be a good time for bowhunters to have their bows, both compounds and crossbows, checked to see if they’re in need of service like restringing and re-serving. You don’t want to wait to the day before or even a week before the openers to have your bows restrung, or in the case...