Catasauqua Press

Friday, February 23, 2018

Joe Russo takes over Catty wrestling team

Friday, December 15, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With his many trips across the “bridge” in the past, Joe Russo certainly is excited about making numerous more treks in the future.

Russo was recently approved by the school board as the new head wrestling coach at Catasauqua replacing Kyle Rusnock, who resigned after three years to spend more time with his family.

Since 2002, Russo has been connected either with a wrestling program at Catasauqua or Whitehall, making seemingly countless trips across the Hokendauqua Bridge...

Phantoms get strong PK

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.

On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.

The...

Gift ideas for your favorite sportsmen

Friday, December 15, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.

FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or...

Girls bring back veterans

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.

The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.

Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished...

Dorn steps down

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.

In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.

On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.

Under Dorn, the Roughies won nine of their 45 games during the four-year span. He inherited a program that arguably had one of...

Boys eyeing playoff berths

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With three starters back and increased depth, the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team should make an impact in the Colonial League as well as in the District 11 bracket this winter.

The Roughies are coming off a 9-15 season in which they soundly defeated Pine grove, 70-50, in the opening round of the district playoffs before they fell to highly touted Valley Forge Military Academy, 91-46, in the second round.

“We have a lot of good athletes who can pass, dribble, and shoot,” said...

Outdoors: Area man heads to Nebraska for hunting

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.

But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from...

Josh Smith leads way with 3 TDs

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

First there were touchdowns.

Then there were takedowns.

For the third straight year, the annual Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving football game featured a brawl. Officials ended the contest with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter after a routine K-Kids run erupted into a scrum.

When the dust settled, Northampton left Al Erdosy Stadium with a 46-19 victory. It was the K-Kids’ fourth-straight win in the series, giving the Northampton senior class a sweep over their rival....

Phantoms come home and get a win

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Just as the Phantoms finished up a six-game road trip, they looked forward to a nice set of games on home ice and all seemed right with the world. Then came word that leading scorer Danick Martel and defenseman Sam Morin were heading to Philadelphia. On the same day, forward Alex Krushelnyski was also summoned to the Flyers.

Welcome home!

For their first game back, the Phantoms went out against Bridgeport and looked sluggish through the first 20-minutes of play. After that...

Outdoors: Skiing season starts early

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As tradition has it, the days after Thanksgiving have normally seen the opening of local ski areas. Thanks to some below freezing nights of snowmaking, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton had its earliest opening in years on Black Friday. They were able to open five slopes serviced by three lifts.

This opening also signals a milestone for this Carbon County resort. Blue Mountain is beginning the season celebrating its 40th anniversary on December 22, 2017. It’s a local ski/boarding area...