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Rough Riders face familiar opponent

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

If he had his way, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone would rather face another team rather than Northern Lehigh in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs Friday night at Alumni Field.

It is not that his team has any trepidation about facing the Bulldogs, but instead dealing with a case of familiarity.

"It is hard to beat a team twice during the regular season," said Falzone in reference to his team's 40-7 win two weeks ago. "Sometimes, you want to...

Tony Brinkley takes 41st at state meet

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Tony Brinkley had goals and expectations for his senior season of cross country. And he attained them, including running nearly exactly his goal time in his final race.

The Catasauqua senior finished his high school career Saturday at the PIAA Championship meet, taking 41st place in Class AA.

"Me and my coach set a target time," said Brinkley. "I hit the time. I was hoping for a medal, but I'm satisfied. I'm not extremely happy, but I'm satisfied."

Brinkley wanted to run...

CHS tops NL to win crown

Friday, November 2, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Over the past four years, Ra'Von Burton and his brother Sa'Quon both figured their football program would someday soon win a Colonial League (CL) championship.

Ra'Von recalled how his older brother had the first inklings that a CL crown would return to Catasauqua for the first time since 1996 when head coach Tom Falzone was hired when Sa'Quon was sophomore.

"He (Sa'Quon) told me that he was different from the previous coach," said Ra'Von. "He (Falzone) was very positive and...

Roughs look to finish strong

Friday, November 2, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Catasauqua's football team is in the process of adding a notable chapter to its football annals this fall, as they recently captured the Colonial League championship. When they travel to New Tripoli in their season finale with Northwestern Friday night, they are optimistic that history won't repeat itself as it did for the 1995 squad that shared a league title.

In that year, the Roughies lost a season-ending game to tarnish an undefeated regular season (9-1) and they eventually lost...

Field hockey team falls to Nolehi

Friday, November 2, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Even in a defeat, Catasauqua head field hockey coach Carrie Saul can see a silver lining. When he club recently dropped a District 11 Class 2A playoff game to Northern Lehigh by a 3-1 deficit, Saul can take some positives from the loss.

In fact, Saul believes it was another step in broadening her club's competitive appetite.

"It (loss) gave this club a taste of the postseason," said the first-year coach in the Roughies' program after a long stint at Phillipsburg. "Sure, it is...

Brinkley will head to state meet

Friday, November 2, 2012 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Tony Brinkley knew it was his one and only shot to finish off his high school career at states. He made it last year and wasn't about to be denied a trip to the PIAA Cross Country Championships as a senior.

So he fought through the pain to make sure he reached that goal.

Brinkley finished seventh at last Wednesday's District 11 Class AA Championships while helping Catasauqua to a seventh-place finish as a team.

He hoped to place higher at districts, but when he didn't...

CHS tops Bangor to stay unbeaten

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

The story continues. This time, though, the Roughies vanquished one of the monsters from the north.

For a moment or definitely two, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone had to stop to cherish the moment. His team had raised its record to 6-0 on the season with a convincing 35-14 victory over previously undefeated Bangor.

"We feel really good right now," said the fourth-year head coach whose clubs reached their recent pinnacle for the first time in his Catty coaching...

Pete's Top-10 An undefeated week of picks

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

After an unblemished week of picks, I've come to realize that it's not that hard picking games around here this year.

The reality is that there aren't any super teams in the Valley like we've had in the past in either conference, with Catasauqua being the lone exception of a team that appears to be superior to everyone in their league.

Easton could have two losses on its resume at this point, Parkland looks to be heating up and Central Catholic is making a push in the poll....

Gilmartin one shot shy

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In most tournaments, golfers are playing to win and second place means about as much as fifth or tenth or last.

The District 11 Championship Qualifying Tournament is a little different. There's no medal for first place, no prize for winning. And for most golfers, 10th place or 15th place feels just as good as first. The only thing that matters is getting through the tournament and advancing to the district championships.

"You're just trying to keep your head on, get the ball...

Roughs put together wins

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by JOE ZEMBA Special to the Press in Sports

Catasauqua High School girls volleyball team has only won two matches all year when pressed to play five games.

But the girls topped Lehigh Valley Christian High School despite Alli Aversio's, a senior middle hitter, 11 kills at the Catasauqua High School Gym.

The Rough Riders shot the Cougars 25-6 in the first game of the afternoon on Tuesday.

In the second set, Aversio (4 kills) battled at the net with Catty's co-captain, senior Lauren Pluchinsky (3 kills). Pluchinsky...