The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.
According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those seasons. The all-time bear harvest of 4,350 bears occurred in 2011 says the PGC.
If Catasauqua’s first meet is an indication of their success this season, the Roughies certainly are on the right track.
Even though they were on the short end of the results for both boys’ and girls’, the Roughies had several standout performers.
Tyra Brown took a pair of firsts in the 100 and 200 meters. Teammate Kenzie Bradley was the top place finisher in the girls’ high jump. Bradley also finished second in the long jump.
Trinity Kern finished second in the 300 meter hurdles and Tory Simmons also was second in the javelin.
The Colonial League released its first track and field top performance list late last week.
A few Catasauqua track and field members made this week’s list.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman is tops in the pole vault clearing 12-0. On the girls side, Tyra Brown is first in the 100 and 200 with times of 12.7 and 27.2. Kenzie Bradley made the list in the high jump clearing 5-0.
100 - Julius Ewunken (ND) 11.0, 2. tie Brendan Miller (SL), Tyrek Scipio (B) 11.1, 4. Noah Schock (SL), 5. tie Marcus Glueck (SL), Delano Mackenzie (S) 11.5;
At the start of the 2018 season, Catasauqua’s softball roster had 16 players listed. Half of them are freshmen.
With that kind of inexperience at the varsity level, Coach Bobby Thomas knew there would be growing pains and plenty of opportunities for younger players to earn playing time.
“It’s on-the-job training for a lot of them. We have a lot of young kids, they just don’t have a great deal of experience,” Thomas said.
One player that has earned a spot in the lineup in a unique way is freshman Erica Kuhar.
Simply put, the Roughies softball team is young.
Emma Bellesfield, Alexia Reichl, and Maddy Zangl are the lone seniors on the roster. It will be a true test of patience.
In their first two games of this season, the Roughies suffered a 27-1 loss to Notre Dame and a 16-1 defeat to Northwestern. Catty has 16 players on its roster.
“Right now, we are giving away too many outs,” said head coach Bobby Thomas. “We really don’t have a lot of experience. Against Notre Dame, we gave up seven or eight outs in the first inning.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley knows his team isn’t hitting on all cylinders. It also may be some time before they get there.
“We need to have some pretty good pitching, play good defense, and score some runs,” said Bradley. “Right now, we have one piece of the puzzle.
“We’re dropping popups and not getting runners in when we need to.”
Through their first two games, the Roughies are 0-2 and have dropped a 13-1 decision to Notre Dame, a 5-1 game to Northwestern, and a 10-0 shutout to Northampton, a five-inning game in which Catty had one hit.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.
During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units.
In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.
The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local senior high school basketball players.
Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.
That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.