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Girls hope new year brings more wins

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Dave Troxell possibly can relate to a calm before a storm.

His team has been idle since Dec. 19 and the Roughies had their first game since their long hiatus rescheduled Monday night. As a result, Troxell's troops will begin a four-game trek over seven days.

Instead of playing in a game over the holiday break, the Roughies sought to work on solutions to their seven-game losing streak after a season-opening victory over Mahanoy Area.


Soccer scholar athlete banquet Sunday

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by The Press in Sports

The following are area soccer scholar athlete nominees for this Sunday night's banquet, which will take place at the Northampton Community Center.

Janelle R. Roth


Roth is a defender for the Rough Riders. She ranks fourth in a class of 120, and has a 98.45 grade out of 100.

She has played for Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association for six years, while also playing soccer at the high school level every season. She has played volleyball for her first three...

Good time to try cross country skiing

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

With the latest blast of snow we've received, conditions are perfect for a cross-country ski experience.

Compared to downhill skiing and snowboarding, with their pricey lift tickets and equipment, cross-country skiing, often called Nordic skiing, is considerably less expensive and easier to learn in that it's similar to walking and gliding. And the sport can be done anywhere there's open flat terrain be it on local municipal golf courses like Allentown and Bethlehem muni, the Rails to...

Litzenberger honored

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by The Press in Sports

Senior Chris Litzenberger (Catasaqua) of the Muhlenberg College football team was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, a student must be a sophomore or higher in class standing; a starter or key reserve on his team; and carry at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average.

An accounting major, Litzenberger helped the Mules earn a postseason berth in 2013.

Litzenberger saw extensive action at wide receiver for the...

Purrone defies all logic He continues to play hoops for Catty with torn ACL

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Through the first seven games this season, Brandon Purrone has managed to defy logic.

In week eight of the football season, Purrone suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that can easily sideline any athlete for an extended period of time. During the same game, Purrone also suffered a torn meniscus, and a torn posterior cruciate ligament.

Still, Purrone managed to play the team's games down the stretch into the second round of the state playoffs...

Falzone knew current class would be special

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Over the first five years at the helm of the Catasauqua football program, head coach Tom Falzone has had more than his share of memories.

Fresh off this past fall's record-setting year, Falzone recalled how three ballboys eventually figured to be prominent players in the Roughies' recent magical run.

Zack Bradley, Ra'Von Burton, and Derrick Bond were ballboys on Falzone's first squad and among the nine seniors would later prominently play roles throughout the season.


The right-hand man Tom Reap has been through it all with longtime coach Eric Snyder

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Eric Snyder will never forget the first time he met Tom Reap.

It was Snyder's freshmen year at Catasauqua and Reap was brought down to watch practice as a potential manager for the team. Since then, the duo has endured and solidified a long working friendship and relationship that has proven to be beneficial and dependent to one another.

"It was my freshman year and Tom (Reap) was brought down to watch practice," recalled Snyder, who is a 1979 Catty graduate. "Tom was standing...

Garners stay committed to armed forces

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

While they were part of Catasauqua's wrestling and football programs, Curtis and Luke Garner undertook and welcomed any challenges or potential ones.

Now on their collegiate paths, the Garners have continued their trek with their involvement with the armed forces. Older brother Curtis is in his senior year at U.S. Military Academy, and he is scheduled to graduate in May, while younger brother Luke is a member of the U.S. Army reserves and is in his freshman year at East Stroudsburg...

Soon you'll be able to walk on water

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

It won't be long before anglers can walk on water. In fact before the recent heat wave hit, local ponds and even Ontelaunee Reservoir, the premier ice fishery in upper Berks County, had skim ice. But since we're in the southern zone, Pocono Mountain lakes and ponds normally develop thicker ice sooner, so ice fishermen hit those waters first.

And since we're in the lull between seasons, now's the time to dig out the ice gear and check your tip-ups, ice reels, line and power augers to...

Four named to all-state team

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Seniors Zack Bradley, Ra'Von Burton, Paryss Marshall, and Jared Nosal all played integral part in Catasauqua's ride this past season. All of them were among team leaders in several categories during the Roughies' 13-game adventure this past fall that ended in the second round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs.

Despite missing a chance to win a state championship, the foursome received arguably the second best honor possible when they recently all were selected to the PA all-state team. It...