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Great American Outdoors Show approaching

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Mark your calendar for Feb. 3-11, the dates for the largest consumer outdoors show in the world.

The Great American Outdoor Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and it’s the most comprehensive outdoor show you’ll ever attend. For us folks here in the Southeast, we refer to this extravaganza as “the Harrisburg show” because it’s been well known over the years and there’s none like it or even comes close to it.

The show covers 650,000 square feet of...

Phantoms beat Hershey Bears outdoors

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years ago, the great John Facenda, the voice of NFL Films, used his legendary voice to refer to “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field,” as he talked about the Green Bay Packers and their historic field. It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears took to the ‘frozen tundra of Hersheypark Stadium’ recently, with Lehigh Valley skating to a 5-2 win over Hershey.

The temperature at game time was 40-degrees, making life at least tolerable for the 13,091...

Catty falls to Wilson, Notre Dame

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Catasauqua wrestling dropped two recent matches over the last week.

Their most recent contest was a 67-0 loss to Wilson on Monday night.

Prior to that, the Roughs dropped a much closer contest to Notre Dame Green Pond 46-36.

The Crusaders got a fall and a forfeit for a quick 12-0 lead in a match that started at 132. That was followed by Benjamin Langsdorf and Sebastian Henry forfeit victories for Catty to make it 12-12.

The two teams exchanged pins with ND’s...

Catasauqua girls fall to Wilson Warriors

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

“We are a M.A.S.H. unit right now.”

Head coach Ed Seidick and the Catasauqua girls basketball team are digging deep to close out the 2017-18 season.

The Rough Riders fell to Wilson 63-24 on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in a physical contest at the CHS Gymnasium.

Freshman Alexis Rushatz helped jump start Catty’s offense in a tight first quarter, but the Warriors out-scored the Rough Riders 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 33-16 lead into halftime.

Rushatz led Catty with 11...

Catty beats Knights

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.

Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.

The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer...

Mission Accomplished

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.

The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.

It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.

“It was nice to clinch early,” said head coach Eric...

Girls break their losing streak

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.

The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.

With the win, the Roughies upped their overall...

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Ice fishing at early season high

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.

Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.

Mohry says the ice at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County located off Route 222 in Evansville, was loaded with ice anglers, despite the freezing temperatures we had. The...

Wrestlers beat PHS

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Catasauqua edged Palmerton 42-37 in a Colonial League wrestling match from last week.

The Rough Riders took advantage of four, forfeit wins, but also came up with three pins in the victory.

The Bombers actually started the match winning five of the first six bouts, which started at 126, to take a 29-6 lead. Tyler Melendez was the lone winner in that span, winning by forfeit at 132.

Catty would rattle off three-straight pins of its own starting at 170. Jack Minogue pinned...