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Article By: JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press

Friday, July 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Among all of their individual honors, both Ben Nosal and Ryan Greene shared some common thoughts about their life lessons through athletics as recently graduated student-athletes at Catasauqua.

“Through athletics, I now know I can handle situations in life better,” said Nosal. “You learn about morals and values and how to apply and realize them in life. Sports also taught me to keep working at something even if you are not succeeding with it initially.

“I learned about being a...

Sports just part of Kenzie Bradley’s life

Friday, July 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Kenzie Bradley couldn’t imagine her life with sports. Since she was four, it has been a passion and an anchor in her life.

“I participate in anything I can,” said the soon-to-be senior at Catasauqua High School. “I started with T-ball and it has continued ever since. I just really enjoy playing something all the time. I really don’t need any breaks from sports.”

Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Bradley excelled in basketball, field hockey, and track for the Roughies this past...

Bilder paces Catty past Pen Argyl

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the early part of the season, Zach Bilder was a mainstay on the mound for Catasauqua in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League.

However, Bilder left the team in the middle of the season to join his Legion squad.

To their credit, Bilder made a timely return in the opening round of the playoffs.

Bilder tossed a complete-game three hitter and recorded 12 strikeouts to lead Catasauqua to a 3-1 victory over Pen Argyl Monday night.

With the win, Catty will advance to...

Legion advances past Birches

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton legion teams.

Last Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season...

Lower Mac ends Coplay’s year

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Legion baseball season ended in the playoffs last week, capping a season that was marked by numerous games in a short amount of time.

Manager Jim Murphy knew it would be an uphill battle against Lower Macungie without his full complement of players. He said that he had just nine players for the July 6th game, but they did the best they could before succumbing to Lower Mac, 4-1.

That loss eliminated them from the postseason. Murphy said that the playoffs were broken...

Northampton Legion advances to finals

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar likely will remember this past Father’s Day.

Aside from his family’s celebrations, Bodnar watched his Northampton Legion team take stock of itself and begin a rampage that has carried them to the top seed in the playoffs and Northampton County League finals.

“We lost to East Stroudsburg and we played badly” said Bodnar. “I benched four players and the coaches agreed with me that we had to send a message. Our play just wasn’t acceptable...

Northampton tops Birches to advance

Friday, July 7, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton Legion teams.

Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season...

Pluchinsky, Stires named Colonial Academic All-Stars

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Seniors Dani Pluchinsky and John Stires have been selected as Catasauqua High School’s Colonial League Academic All-Stars for the 2016-17 school year.

Both students were honored, along with student-athletes from the other 12 Colonial League schools, at the Colonial League Academic All-Star Breakfast that was held at the Green Pond Country Club.

Dani was ranked fifth out of 110 with a grade-point average of 96.61. She is a three-year letter winner in both cross-country and...

Reightler retires as Catty track coach

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past 25 years, Glenn Reightler literally has a sea of memories as Catasauqua’s head track and field coach, recalling interesting individuals as well as district champions. It’s a litany of both boys’ and girls’ standouts, many in the track portion of the program that was his specialty as an assistant coach under legendary head coach Will Strein.

With Reightler retiring from his teaching position at the high school, Reightler also will not return to the program for the 2018...

Snyder liked Cedar Beach efforts

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder was impressed with his team’s showing in the recent prestigious Cedar Beach Bash as well as their overall showing in the Catty leagues this summer.

He also sees his team developing chemistry and depth, two key elements that could help produce a favorable winter season.

“It went well,” said Snyder of the Cedar Beach Bash in which his team had a 2-2 record. “We played very well against North Schuylkill as we beat them by 30. We...