Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Girls end skid with win

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

A parade of smiling Catty faces passed by the scorer’s table on their way to the postgame handshake as the Roughs’ girls basketball team snapped a 12-game skid with a 40-28 win over Kutztown Area High School.

Head coach Mark Seremula spoke about the relief in picking up the team’s first win since the second game of the year.

“It feels good; I’m so happy for them,” he said. “I think they were putting too much pressure on themselves because we thought we had a couple of winnable...

CHS not worried about travel

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past five seasons, Catasauqua’s football program has struggled.

The Roughs have won five games during the span due to often playing against larger schools with bigger rosters and their own development.

Now, the Roughies will face the majority of their future opponents on a more level field.

The Colonial and Schuylkill leagues recently announced a 28-team football merger that will take effect in the 2020 season.

The Roughies will be in the White Division...

Great American show set to start on Feb. 2

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To many sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, this show is commonly known as the Harrisburg Show, despite it’s new name of The Great American Outdoor Show.

Hosted by the NRA and Ram trucks, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, over 400 hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world,...

Phantoms

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If sports teams made trades based on the popularity of their players with the fans, Taylor Leier would still be a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Instead, as the old saying goes, sports are a business and Taylor Leier is now a member of the Rochester Americans. The 24-year old left winger was dealt to Buffalo for right winger Justin Bailey.

Leier was drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft and played 226 games - the second most all-time with the Phantoms,...

CL-SL embark on football co-op

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.

But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.

Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and...

Football leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.

The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.

“It’s not a...

‘I knew I couldn’t give up on myself’

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

LaVonte Bouie cherishes every moment he performs on the mat for the Roughies or with the Catty marching band.

He once thought the chances would never come again.

Over the past year, the junior, who wrestles at heavyweight, has battled through a series of health problems, ones that nearly ended his high school career.

It began in July 2017 when he began experiencing a series of chest pains and it eventually sidelined him for the football season. However, he was allowed to...

Girls fall to Moravian Academy, Falcons

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Thursday night at Catasauqua High School the Rough Rider’s girls basketball team looked to pick up their second win of the season against the visiting Lions of Moravian Academy.

The task proved to be too tall as the presence of Moravian Academy’s 6-4 center Maya Ettle presented an insurmountable matchup problem, especially for Madison Hicks on the opening tip.

Head coach Mark Seremula thought the Roughs acquitted themselves well.

“We did a good job on the big girl. We...

Kids upend Roughs

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team didn’t have time to dwell on their heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Northwestern Lehigh on Friday night.

They had to be ready to make the trip to Northampton for a 1 p.m. start against a solid, 7-5 Konkrete Kids team looking to make a push for District XI 6A playoff spot.

Whether it was a hangover from the previous night’s disappointment from losing on a three-point buzzer beater, or fatigue from playing their third game in three days, the Roughs...

LV struggling in 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If the Phantoms New Year’s resolution was to come out of the gate hot in 2019, consider their resolution to have been shorter than most of us who resolved to lose weight this year. Since putting new calendars on the wall, Lehigh Valley is 1-5-0-0 and have lost six of seven games. In those games, the Phantoms have been outscored 27-15 and have dropped to a fourth-place tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Most players have rolled out the usual excuses – call-ups, injuries, etc. - but can we...