Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Girls soccer team reached playoffs

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s soccer team has reaped some of the benefits from the past two seasons, but they realize there are more to come.

For the first time in 10 years, the Roughies advanced to a district playoff game. However, they fell short to Moravian Academy, 5-1, in an opening-round Class A bracket game. Catty finished with an overall 6-11-2 mark, one loss away from the previous year in which they just missed qualifying for districts.

Pete’s Top-10: Can Colonial teams take titles from the EPC? teams?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?

Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.

Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes?

League bragging rights are on the line this week, so let’s see who can keep talking.

Bombers advance to D11 final

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Moving the chains. It’s a pretty well known term in the game of football.

And on Friday night, it seemed to be the Palmerton Blue Bombers’ motto.

That’s because the Bombers (8-3) dominated up front by chewing up yards and the clock throughout the night. Palmerton earned an impressive 19 first downs in the game, en route to a 42-15 victory over Catasauqua in the semifinals of the District 11 2A playoffs. With the win, Palmerton will now go on to play in its second consecutive District 11 2A championship game against Schuylkill League Division 2 champion Schuylkill Haven.

Outdoors: Suggestions for winter boating

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With colder weather oncoming many boaters and paddlers pack it in for the winter. But there are those who don’t let the cold bother them and continue to fish and paddle throughout the winter months. For those die-hards, BoatUS, the organization representing the boating sports, has these suggestions if going on-water during cold times, or even on warm winter days.

Catty girls beat NHS

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Four years ago, Drew Filchner and Kenzie Bradley first met each other playing on the same traveling basketball team.

Sunday night in Catasauqua, they both moved a step closer to the final chapters in their high school careers, a fare that was mostly light hearted, yet some pretty intense.

Bradley, a Catasauqua senior, led the Roughies to a 27-0 win over Northampton in their annual Powder Puff clash at Alumni Field. The event is the first step in a series of events toward the Thanksgiving Day football battle between the two schools.

Pete’s Top-10: PHS remains at No. 1

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.

One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.

Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.

Things are heating up even though it’s finally getting brisk outside. Bundle up for this week’s picks.

1. Parkland (10-0)

Catty heads back to playoffs

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the first time since the 2013 season, Catasauqua is back in the playoffs.

With their 21-18 victory at Northwestern last Friday, the Roughies gained enough points in the District 11 Class 2A power ratings to secure the fourth and final spot in the bracket.

As a result, Catty (3-7) will travel to top-seeded Palmerton (7-3) Friday night. The Roughies’ last appearance was in the postseason was in the PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinals where they were shutout by Imhotep Charter 49-0.

As Rushatz heads to states, team reflects

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

At the recent PIAA District 11 Cross Country championships, Catasauqua’s girls’ team placed third out of nine teams in the class A bracket.

Freshman Lexi Rushatz paced the team with a fifth-place finish and she will advance to the state meet in Hershey this weekend.

Four years ago, however, it would have never happened. The Roughies didn’t have a girls’ team.

Head coach Kyle Rusnock credits seniors Bree Sheldon and Alexia Reichl with the initiation of the program.

Outdoors: Turkey hunting season kicks off

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This past Saturday kicked off the fall turkey hunting season in most parts of the state. The exclusion is in local WMUs 5C and 5D which haven’t been opened for fall turkey in some time. And depending on where you hunt, the game commission recommends checking season dates as their lengths are different in some management units and a handful changed this year. This is due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer fall season, the higher the female turkey harvest, which affects spring populations.