Catasauqua’s football program will be taking a new direction next season.
Mike McClarin, who guided the team the past two seasons, recently resigned his position as head coach.
Under McClarin, the Rough Riders posted a 1-21 mark the past two seasons. He succeeded Phil Dorn, who had a 9-36 record over the previous four seasons.
McClarin, a former Liberty High standout who played at both the Naval Academy and Moravian College, cited differences with the athletic administration that prompted his move.
The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.
Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.
After the 1:30 Special Olympics Shoot Out, the West vs. East girls (2 p.m.) and boys (3:30 p.m.) games will finish off the day.
The Lady Rough Riders wrapped up their season on the road at Northwestern Lehigh with a 46-21 loss to the Tigers.
The loss dropped Catasauqua’s season record to 5-17 overall and 3-14 in the Colonial League. It also brought the high school careers of seniors Shaziya Roberts and Madison Hicks to an end.
During their recent business meeting, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission approved the removal of their long-standing and traditional regulation that requires anglers display their fishing license on an outer garment while fishing.
The new ruling replaces that regulation and now follows a general possession requirement, which would require anglers to only have the license on them while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement officer upon request.
Bethlehem Inter-Church Dart Baseball league
Standings Week 2-4
*Holy Trinity 8 4 .667
Fritz Wesleyan 8 4 .667
East Hills 7 5 .583
Christ UCC 5 4 .556
Holy Cross 5 4 .556
First UCC 5 4 .556
Schoenersville 5 4 .556
College Hill 6 6 .500
St. Peters 6 6 .500
Trinity UCC 4 5 .444
Christ Lutheran 4 5 .444
WS/Edgeboro 3 9 .250
Bethany UCC 3 9 .250
Holy Trinity at
Christ UCC 4-3, 3-0, 10-1
Holy Trinity - Nate Reddell 6-13, Kevin Ashner 6-13 8 RBI
The Phantoms went through the first three months of the season without shutting out an opponent. In that stretch, their opponents shut them out three times, including once in back-to-back games.
Lehigh Valley got its first shutout of the season on Jan. 11 with Alex Lyon in goal and the next night, Jean-Francois Berube shutout Charlotte to give them back-to-back shutout wins. A week later, Berube added another shutout against Rochester and he collected his third shutout of the season Saturday against Hershey.
With their 51-46 win over Northwestern in their regular season finale at home Tuesday night, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team still may have a chance at a district playoff berth. It would accentuate a rather disheartening season.
The Rough Riders (9-13 overall) began Tuesday night as the sixth seed in the PIAA District 11 Class 3A bracket. Depending on the outcomes of games involving Panther Valley, Collegium Charter, and new Hope, the Roughies could snatch the fourth spot.
And then there were two.
Beginning Thursday night at Notre Dame of Green Pond, the Rough Riders had to win their two remaining regular-season games in order to secure a postseason spot in the District 11 Class 3A tournament.
After a 54-52 victory at Northern Lehigh Tuesday night, the Roughies had an overall 8-12 mark and a 7-8 Colonial League mark. They host Northwestern in their home and season finale Tuesday.
The District 11 wrestling tournaments kick off this week with Thursday’s 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Top-seeded Nazareth will wrestle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Northampton against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Emmaus. At the bottom of the bracket, second-seeded Northampton will kick off at the same time as Nazareth, where they’ll meet the winner of seventh-seeded Stroudsburg and tenth-seeded Blue Mountain.
Over the last few years, Catasauqua’s wrestling team has used the annual Coal Cracker Tournament in Lehighton as a measuring stick for the upcoming postseason.
This season wasn’t an exception.
The Rough Riders placed 21st out of the 42-team field that annually attracts some of the top programs in the state and beyond.
It was a good tuneup for their District 11 Class 2A dual meet against Jim Thorpe Thursday night.