Catasauqua Press

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CHS boys ready to get back to work

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder didn’t have a good feeling walking into Nazareth’s gym Dec. 23, the date of the Roughies’ last game.

His feeling was justified when the host Blue Eagles hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

From there, it escalated into a long night for the Rough Riders, who trailed 41-20 at the half before they suffered a 73-33 loss.

“We knew they (Nazareth) were struggling lately, but we told our kids that they would...

Outdoors: Snow Geese return to area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back.

No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, a flock of about 500 snows descended like snow flakes on a cut cornfield belonging to GEO Chemicals (formerly Trojan Powder Company) on the west side of Mauch Chunk Road and across from the intersection of Mechanicsville Road. The snows’ nasal honking can easily be heard if lowering a window...

Winter Classic set for January 25

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.

The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.

The event includes full regulation hockey games...

Big second half rallies boys to win vs. Bangor

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the first half against Bangor Monday night, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder thought his team might be faced with the prospects of a long night as the Roughies fell behind 28-12, mainly due to the Slaters hitting seven of their first eight three pointers.

But Snyder wasn’t totally convinced. He has a good feeling about his junior-heavy, seasoned team and their season.

A little while later, his convictions became a little stronger.

The Rough Riders erupted for 49...

Girls playing well despite slow start this season

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

These days, Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula understands his team is traveling in some unchartered waters.

Yet, he is confident that they soon will find a steady dock.

Despite dropping a 41-37 decision to East Stroudsburg South and suffering a 33-26 loss to Dieruff in the recent Tamaqua tournament, Seremula sees promise in the near future.

“That was the best game this team has played in the last five years,” said Seremula about the East Stroudsburg...

Boys have high hopes

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the past few years, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder has been searching for height.

Unlike the other years, Snyder will get his wish as the Roughies return a group that has their baptism under fire from a 1-21 season last year.

It will be a club laced with a healthy junior class that has grown over the previous two campaigns, similar to a favored crop ready to harvest.

“We do have some height this year,” said Snyder, who is beginning his 28th year at the helm. “We...

Despite changes, LV still has young players

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

So far, the 2019-2020 season has been one for the kids on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms roster.

An offseason that saw the roster somewhat remade left plenty of opportunities for young players and they produced right from the season’s first puck drop. Some of them – Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and Phil Myers – found a fast track to Philadelphia thanks to their early production with the Phantoms.

Farabee was with Lehigh Valley for just four games before getting the call to head for...

Northampton boys top Catasauqua in opener

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

The Northampton boys’ basketball team entered Friday night’s matchup looking to start the season with a win over their smaller crosstown rivals, the Catasauqua Rough Riders and they did just that with a 73-55 victory.

Catasauqua’s boys’ team entered their first home game of the season hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s 1-21 squad.

Northampton senior G/F Dylan Baird started the game hot, knocking down a 3-pointer and scoring a wild layup while being fouled, converting on...

Catasauqua wrestlers off to good start

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With an impressive recent showing in their own tournament, Catasauqua’s wrestling team has high expectations for the remainder of the season.

Catty finished third overall in the annual Rough Rider Invitational Dec. 7. The Roughies registered 121 points overall behind Maryland’s Stephen Decatur (176.5) and Philadelphia’s Archbishop Ryan (157).

“We’re looking forward to a successful season,” said second-year head coach Joe Russo. “We have a number of wrestlers back who did well...

Outdoors: Still a good time to fish

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.

According to Willie, from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, the Lehigh River is dead. No one is fishing it. But he was receiving good trout reports from the Little Lehigh that was stocked two weeks ago with brown trout from the Lil-Le-Hi trout nursery...