Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Storms causing changes in district playoff schedules

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.

Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.

Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:



Finals, Thursday, May 30

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Softball team took some steps this season

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Their final 0-19 record wasn’t the focus of the season.

Instead, Catasauqua’s softball team will continue to take the necessary steps to gain back its respectability.

The once Colonial League upper-tier team recently has been boxed in the basement due to a number of factors. Catty is coming off four wins over the previous two seasons after 10-plus years of double-digit win seasons.

Enter Paige Kogelman.

A former standout in the late 2000s and a 2013 Roughie grad,...

Simmons already eying next year

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After watching a friend’s sister throw the javelin, Catasauqua’s Tory Simmons had an idea.

“I thought it was cool,” said Simmons. “I tried it and liked it a lot. It seemed pretty easy for me. I had played softball for a while, and the throwing part came pretty naturally to me.”

Naturally quickly transformed into successfully for the junior. At the Colonial League meet, Simmons finished fourth with a throw of 108-11, and she was sixth at districts with a toss of 101-10.


Hammer time doesn’t last long in Valley

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

One thing after another has come up for J.D. Hammer in his baseball career and he’s conquered them all.

First, he envisioned himself being a major league shortstop, but the coaches at Navarro Community College in Texas didn’t see enough offensive skills to keep him on the team. His choices were to pitch or redshirt; he learned to pitch.

After junior college, Hammer transferred to Marshall University and wound up showing enough pitching skill that the Rockies took a chance on...

Outdoors: a look at the top boat names

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With Memorial Day traditionally kicking off the pleasure boating season, and if you own a boat or watercraft, this list, prepared by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), tallies the most popular boat names.

The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. Each reveals something about the personality of the vessel’s owner. And the list is entertaining to say the least.


SteelStacks soccer clinic set for June 16

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Girls and boys ages 5-12 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning honing their soccer skills and learning new ones during the free Youth Soccer Clinic presented by Women’s Premier Soccer League team Lehigh Valley Tempest June 16 at SteelStacks. The event, which is part of the FIFA World Cup ™ SoccerFest & Viewing Party, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to all skill levels. Anyone interested in attending should sign up in advance at

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Steel draw 2-2

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by The Press in Sports

A brace from Chavany Willis was enough to earn a nine-man Bethlehem Steel FC side an impressive come-from-behind draw against reigning USL Cup Champion Louisville City FC Sunday afternoon. Louisville finished with ten on the pitch after Napo Matsoso and Faris were show red cards in the 37th minute of the match.

Steel FC came out unafraid of the visiting two-time defending champs and determined to show well at home. The club started the game on the front foot and had two really good...

Kern sets school record Other Roughies place at District 11 meet

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After two years, Trinity Kern wanted to make a change.

Over that time, she had participated in several events, focusing primarily on the 400. But the senior knew there was more ahead.

“During my freshman and sophomore years, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Kern. “I knew I would still run the 400.

“I wanted to try the 300 hurdles and I decided to do it. My coaches said it was a good event for me, and I started to do well with it.”

Kern certainly did...

Outdoors: avoid disturbing newborn wildlife

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At this time of year, wildlife is blooming with newborns - be it songbirds, geese, ducks, foxes and deer fawns. The Pennsylvania Game Commission asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up, especially deer fawns.

Most deer fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June, according to the PGC. During this time, it’s best to keep your distance because the fawn’s mother is almost always nearby. When people see a small fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it...

Winning vs. development

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.

They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.

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