Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pete’s Top-10: PHS remains at No. 1

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.

One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.

Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.

Things are heating up even though it’s...

D-11 meet next for Rushatz

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO AND SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Colonial League cross country meet was held at DeSales University last week and the Roughs Lexi Rushatz was among the top finishers for the girls.

Rushatz finished 16th with a time of 22:44.07. The freshman was a few minutes behind Martina Sell of Bangor, the overall girls winner who had a time of 20:15.13.

Rushatz splits her time between the cross country and soccer teams, so it’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.

“It went well,” said Rushatz. “The course was kind...

Roughs set to face the Tigers

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When they travel to Northwestern Friday night, Catasauqua will look to end its losing streak and end the regular season on a high note.

The Roughies have been mired in a six-game losing streak, the latest was a 69-22 defeat to Southern Lehigh during their final home game of the season.

Southern Lehigh (8-1) still in the running for the Colonial League crown, jumped out to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and padded their lead to 42-14 at the half.

With the...

Lexi Rushatz balances soccer, cross country

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Lexi Rushatz likes keeping being on the move.

The Catasauqua cross country and girls’ soccer team certainly can appreciate her efforts.

Rushatz, a freshman, finished 16th in the recent Colonial league championships at De Sales University. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 22:44.07. Senior Cam Ritter was the top boys’ finisher for the Roughies, as he recorded a 51st finish with a time of 20.01.52.

Along with cross country, Rushatz is the leading scorer for the girls’ soccer...

Pete’s Top 10: EHS, FHS move forward

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s finally come to the last week of the regular season and with Halloween this week, which teams will provide their fans treats heading into playoff stretch?

It’s also rivalry week for the top seven teams in the poll with plenty of intriguing matchups.

Sit back, relax and eat some candy on this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Parkland (9-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Is Parkland the only consistent big school team?

The Pick: Parkland 28- Emmaus 17


D-11 playoffs: Roughs still alive in 2A bracket

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s the final week of the football season and playoff spots are on the line. District 11 held a conference call to hash out scenarios Monday afternoon. Listed below are what each of the six classes are shaping up to look like.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (9-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-3)

3. *Nativity (6-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-5)

Williams Valley heads into the tournament as the top seed.

2A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Palmerton (6-3...

Phantoms off to a great start

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Right now, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are in one of those grooves that most times a team can only dream about. At 5-1-0-1 on the season, Lehigh Valley is just percentage points behind Providence for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, but they do hold a one-point advantage over the Bruins, albeit with one extra game played than Providence.

Danick Martel is off to a blazing start for Lehigh Valley and has been playing well from the opening faceoff of the season. The 22-year old...

PSU-OSU viewing party set

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Few Penn State football games have the excitement of a clash between the Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes, and anyone who can’t make the trip to Ohio this year is invited to enjoy the next best thing – getting together with friends and family at the White Out Viewing Party at SteelStacks.

The free event on Sat., Oct. 28, presented by Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest, starts at 3 p.m. and includes the big game shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television...

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.


The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...

Catty girls team soccer makes districts

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Last season, Catasauqua’s girls soccer team just missed making the district playoffs, as they finished with an overall 6-10-1 record.

Getting there this season was a major priority.

In two weeks, the Roughies will have reached their goal when they will open play in the District 11 Class A bracket, likely facing Moravian Academy. Ironically, they finished this year with a 6-10-2 record.

It is a welcome relief from a regular season that didn’t quite go as planned. The...