On Thanksgiving morning at Northampton’s Al Erdosy Stadium, it will be 34 days since Catasauqua last played a football game, losing its season finale, 47-0, to Northwestern.
Rough Riders’ head coach Mike McClarin has taken a different approach with the layoff.
“We look at a second season this year,” said the second-year head coach, whose team has a 0-10- record this season. “We told the kids to put everything behind them from the first 10 weeks, and look at this as five weeks to prepare for a game.
The local District 11 postseason is over.
The Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving Day clash will formally pull down the curtain on the overall season.
Except for Tamaqua, both Nazareth and Southern Lehigh had its seasons end at the hands of District 1 suburban Philadelphia powerhouses last weekend.
Last December, the Phantoms lost top goalie prospect Carter Hart to the Flyers when goalie Anthony Stolarz went on injured reserve. This season, they were blessed with another top prospect on the roster, but he didn’t even last as long as Hart.
The Flyers recalled Morgan Frost Monday and it’s likely that he will see his first NHL action with the team immediately.
First-year head girls’ volleyball coach Jordan DeMasi is being patient.
Yet, DeMasi knows she has to stay the course. Wins and losses won’t truly measure the progress of the team this past season.
“It definitely will take time,” said DeMasi. “But everything has been positive. Most of our girls haven’t played before. They are still figuring things out.
“You can see that they are improving with experience and that’s all we can ask for.”
DeMasi has seen cohesion developing along the way.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 20 7 .741
Dryland 21 9 .700
Salem UCC 13 11 .542
Light of Christ 16 14 .533
Bath Luth 16 14 .533
Emmanuel 14 16 .467
St. Paul’s 14 16 .467
St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444
Christ UCC 13 17 .433
Farmersville 11 19 .367
Ebenezer 9 21 .300
St. Stephen’s 2-4, 1-7, 5-1
SS - Ed Wychock 6-13, John Hoysan 5-12 2HR, Allan Beahm HR.
Eb - Steve Gountis 5-12, Vick Pacchioni 5-13, Robert McDonald HR.
Catasauqua head middle school football coach Travis Brett can’t specifically recall when his teams last lost a football game.
It’s for a good reason, too.
The young Rough Riders have posted consecutive undefeated, 10-0 seasons, and had an 8-2 mark in the previous year, compiling an extraordinary 38-2 mark during the span.
“I believe we have won 26 or 27 (games) in a row,” said Brett, who is in his sixth year with the middle school program and 18th overall in the Catasauqua system. “We have had a really good run the last two years.
For the first time ever, I didn’t get one pick right in last week’s edition. Truly a Haley’s Comet moment, but also a great week for all three winners last week, as Nazareth’s victory over Parkland will always be remembered by the Blue Eagle faithful for their Nazareth special.
Pottsville proved that they are no joke, as they head into the state tournament and Southern Lehigh dismantled Oil City 41-0 in their state playoff game.
What can all three teams do this week?
Hopefully, I have better luck this time around.
1. Nazareth (12-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Saturday, Nov. 23 kicks off the rifle bear season for its three-day run that ends Nov. 27. After that, there’s the extended season from Nov. 30-Dec. 14 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D. The extended opener also opens again in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4E and 5A, but that period ends Dec. 7.
Pennsylvania is known nationwide for having large bears. Bruin’s in the 500-600-pound range are taken every year and in fact two were shot last year that topped 700 pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
With the cold temperatures and occasional snow flurries we’re experiencing, it may be the incentive to think about the upcoming skiing/snowboarding/tubing season.
In a prepared press release, Tricia Matsko, Director of Sales and Marketing at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, said they put their snow guns in service last Friday night thanks to below freezing temperatures and low humidity. It’s their first attempt this year to make snow and to build a base on the major trails of Lower Main Street, Vista, Come Around, Valley School and Snow Tubing Lanes.
The Phantoms Tyler Wotherspoon is just one member of the family playing in the AHL, with the other being his brother Parker Wotherspoon, who plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Growing up the two were generally at different levels because of a four-year age difference. Their paths diverged even further as they got older and even through junior hockey, the two never got to play against each other.
Tyler, 26, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft and 22-year old Parker was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft.