Catasauqua Press

Friday, September 22, 2017

Koenig does it again

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Doug Koenig, former Alburtis now Hamburg resident and professional handgun shooting competitor who shoots for Team Smith & Wesson, has won another prestigious Bianchi Cup. This makes it 18 for Koenig, a title that is unprecedented in the Cup’s history that began back in 1979.

And it’s considered the first of the triple crown with the others being the IPSC U.S. Nationals and Steel Challenge.

The three-day event, held before Memorial Day, is held at the Green Valley Rifle and...

Bradley, relay compete at states

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s girls’ 400 relay team didn’t come home from the PIAA state championships in Shippensburg with any medals, but they did return with plenty of motivation for the future.

The Roughies posted one of their better times of the season in the event as they clocked 51.36 in a preliminary heat, but they failed to qualify for the latter rounds. However, they have elevated themselves into one of the elite teams in Catty history.

It brought an end to the season for Kenzie...

Tamaqua ends season for Roughs

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All season long, Catasauqua struggled with consistent hitting.

In a game where the Roughies needed it the most, their major flaw surfaced at the wrong time.

Catty saw its season come to an end as they were no-hit and shutout recently by host Tamaqua in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 3A playoffs. The defeat left the Roughies with an overall 9-12 mark.

Tamaqua right-hander Brad Moyer struck out seven and walked four over 87 pitches. Rod Berger started the...

Outdoors: Rain not making it easy on anglers

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the rain we’ve been getting it makes for some tough angling as streams normally take two rain-free days to subside and clear. When they do, there are still some leftover trout in local waters like the Little Lehigh, Lehigh River and Leaser Lake. But if it’s big fish you’re looking for, take note of these fishing reports.

Bill Brinkman of Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle in Philly reports lots of 24-34-inch stripers hitting crankbaits, poppers and shad bodies from Trenton up to...

Making the Trip to Ship

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When she entered high school, Kenzie Bradley knew she wasn’t going to play softball. Instead, she discovered a sport that has well suited her.

The quick transition from softball to track has been a smooth one.

“My dad wanted me to play softball,” said Bradley, a junior. “Once I realized it really wasn’t for me, I was done with it. I just wanted to try (track) and I thought I would be OK with it.

“But I have really fallen in love with the sport. It has been great so far...

Baseball looking to advance past opening game

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With a solid starting staff and the potential of firepower in their lineup, Catasauqua is optimistic about its chances returning to the PIAA District 11 Class 3A baseball playoffs for the first time in two years.

The Roughies will enter the postseason with an overall 9-11 record, ending the regular season dropping three of their final four games. However, they posted a 9-9 mark in the Colonial League that helped advance their cause.

Catty, seeded seventh in the district,...

Roughies are back in the playoffs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After nearly two challenging years, the Roughies are back in the district playoffs.

The Roughies clinched a postseason berth when they captured a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over Northwestern in a home night game at Parkland on May 10. It gave them their first playoff game in two seasons.

In the game, Zach Bilder had another strong effort, as he hurled a 10-strikeout, two-hit gem. Bilder led off the bottom of the sixth and came home with the winning run when Cam Ritter drove him...

Roughs compete at CL meet

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO AND SCOTT PAGEL SPAGEL@TNONLINE.COM in Sports

The Catty track team competed in the Colonial League meet last week at East Stroudsburg South.

The 400 relay team, after taking over the top seed, took second behind Southern Lehigh. The Spartans had a winning time of 50.85 while Catty had a 51.29. Tyra Brown, Hanasia Jenkins, Amaiya Johnson and Kenzie Bradley ran the relay for the Roughies, who will get another shot at Southern Lehigh in this week’s District 11 meet at Blue Mountain.

In the end, the goal is to get to the next...

New approach working for ’Hounds Matos

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After two seasons, Janae Matos realized that she had to take a more patient approach at the plate for the Moravian softball team.

“I knew I had to be a lot more calmer,” said the former Catasauqua standout. “I am finding and waiting on better pitches. During my first two years, I was swinging at everything in the strike zone.

“This year, I am seeing everything better. I’m waiting on pitches and I’m in a really good zone right now.”

Matos has posted the numbers to prove...

Tick-borne disease could affect spring gobble hunters

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Spring gobbler hunters beware.

There’s a new rare, potentially deadly tick-borne disease that has been identified in Pennsylvania by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). And the agency says it could be worse than Lyme disease.

CDC says the same tick that carries Lyme has caused Powassan, or POW for short. The agency says the virus can affect the nervous system, your memory, your thinking and your balance.

So far the disease, says CDC, has killed one Minnesota woman...