Catasauqua Press

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Track team is ready to start the season

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With the setbacks of the recent winter storms, Catasauqua’s track team is anxious to begin the regular season.

New head coach Kyle Rusnock is a big part.

The always energetic Rusnock has brought a high level of energy into the program.

The Roughies will have to wait until April 3 with a home meet against Palisades to get underway as their scheduled season opener Tuesday at Wilson was postponed.

“I am really looking forward to the season,” said Rusnock, who had 54...

Teams looking for normalcy after storms

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s and Catasauqua’s baseball seasons got underway Monday afternoon, but it certainly was a long journey to get there.

The series of nor’easter snow storms that rocked the Lehigh Valley and beyond during the month of March placed practice schedules in a state of frenzy and pushed back scheduled starting dates nearly a week.

It will yet to be seen how the sudden and untimely winter weather will affect timing of hitters and pitchers as well as cause havoc on the...

Roughs fall

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley may have been surprised by the deficit in his team’s opener against Notre Dame Monday.

But he wasn’t surprised by the outcome.

The Roughies made two first-inning errors that led to four runs and they eventually fell, 13-0, to the Crusaders at Green Pond. Overall, Catty had three hits.

“We were not ready and we’re young,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “We are inexperienced at key spots, especially on the right side of the...

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

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Phantoms in playoffs; goalie situation muddy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms believe that the road to the 2018 Calder Cup goes through the Lehigh Valley.

The team clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4, overtime loss at Providence which combined nicely with Bridgeport’s 4-1 loss at Syracuse to lock up their playoff ticket. This will be the 12th playoff appearance for the Phantoms, dating back to their days in Philadelphia, and second in a row as they look for their third Calder Cup championship.

Since Jan. 20, the Phantoms have just four...

Quotes

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAME BUNTING in Sports

The following are quotes captured from the March 24 Saquon Barkley Day celebration in the Whitehall-Coplay area.

• “I had the pleasure of seeing Saquon play quite a few of his high school games, and I could tell that he was developing into a special player. But when a player develops a deeper love and commitment to the game to take it to the college level, that’s a whole other ballgame. Watching Saquon play for Penn State was always something to look forward to, knowing that he came...

Outdoors: March 31 marks regional trout opening day

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for the Saturday, March 31, regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the...

Catty brings back seven

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the upcoming 2018 season, Catasauqua will return seven senior starters to its lineup. It should be a solid core that will allow the Roughies to steadily fill some holes.

Last season, the Roughies finished with an overall 9-12 mark and their season ended in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 3A playoffs with a 2-0 loss to Tamaqua. They lost four seniors to graduation, two of them fixtures on the mound in Rod Berger and Colin Hawk.

But the Roughies will return...

Lehigh Valley crowns 3 wrestling All-Americans

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PETER CAR AND TIM ROBB in Sports

Lehigh senior Darian Cruz enjoyed the limelight of being a national champion last year, but got treated the harsh reality of competing in a tough weight class at last weekend’s NCAA Division-I wrestling championships.

Cruz took fifth at 125-pounds during the tournament held at Quicken Loan Arenas in Cleveland, finishing his Lehigh career with a 120-20 record.

After losing 2-0 to Rutgers’ Nick Suriano in the semifinals, Parkland graduate and Minnesota wrestler Ethan Lizak gave...

Phantoms have the playoffs on their mind

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs?

Yeah, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are talking about playoffs. After a shootout loss in Hartford Friday night, Lehigh Valley welcomed Providence to town Saturday night. The Bruins stand third in the Atlantic Division and would seem to have a pretty good grip on a playoff spot, but certainly don’t want to make any assumptions.

For the Phantoms Phil Varone, Saturday night, which ended with the Phantoms picking up a 3-0 win behind 33 saves by...