Catasauqua Press

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Roughs take third at WHS

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s wrestling team continues its slow assault toward a potential successful postseason.

The Rough Riders took third place overall from a field of eight team at the recent Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School.

It marked the third impressive tournament showing for the Roughies, who finished third at their own tournament and fourth at the Jim Thorpe tournament. They also have a 2-1 record in dual meets this season.

Head coach Joe Russo has watched his club grow throughout the year.

Birgas’ goal pokes bear at PPL Center

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Chris Bigras isn’t exactly a household name with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but his second goal of the season was a big one.

It wasn’t a game-winner or a milestone, but it did launch an eruption of over 10,000 teddy bears onto the ice at the PPL Center as part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event collects stuffed animals of every size and variety for children in need.

The animals are then collected and distributed throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Winter Classic set for January 25

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.

The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.

CHS boys ready to get back to work

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder didn’t have a good feeling walking into Nazareth’s gym Dec. 23, the date of the Roughies’ last game.

His feeling was justified when the host Blue Eagles hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

From there, it escalated into a long night for the Rough Riders, who trailed 41-20 at the half before they suffered a 73-33 loss.

Bottom of lineup coming up big for Catasauqua wrestlers

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s wrestling team has managed some quick starts this season due to the top of its lineup this season with Jacob Nye and Jaryn Hartranft setting the pace as one of the top ranked wrestlers in their respective weight class.

Yet, the Rough Riders bottom of the lineup also has caused it share of damage.

Seniors Adam Reinhart (182, 195), Zachary Scheirer (220) and Lavonte Bouie (285) have been the team’s perfect trifecta to round out the lineup for the Roughies.

Catasauqua wrestlers off to good start

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With an impressive recent showing in their own tournament, Catasauqua’s wrestling team has high expectations for the remainder of the season.

Catty finished third overall in the annual Rough Rider Invitational Dec. 7. The Roughies registered 121 points overall behind Maryland’s Stephen Decatur (176.5) and Philadelphia’s Archbishop Ryan (157).

“We’re looking forward to a successful season,” said second-year head coach Joe Russo. “We have a number of wrestlers back who did well last year, and we have a pretty solid lineup at the moment.

Northampton boys top Catasauqua in opener

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

The Northampton boys’ basketball team entered Friday night’s matchup looking to start the season with a win over their smaller crosstown rivals, the Catasauqua Rough Riders and they did just that with a 73-55 victory.

Catasauqua’s boys’ team entered their first home game of the season hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s 1-21 squad.

Despite changes, LV still has young players

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

So far, the 2019-2020 season has been one for the kids on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms roster.

An offseason that saw the roster somewhat remade left plenty of opportunities for young players and they produced right from the season’s first puck drop. Some of them – Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and Phil Myers – found a fast track to Philadelphia thanks to their early production with the Phantoms.

Boys have high hopes

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the past few years, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder has been searching for height.

Unlike the other years, Snyder will get his wish as the Roughies return a group that has their baptism under fire from a 1-21 season last year.

It will be a club laced with a healthy junior class that has grown over the previous two campaigns, similar to a favored crop ready to harvest.

“We do have some height this year,” said Snyder, who is beginning his 28th year at the helm. “We have a lot of juniors, and we don’t have a lot of freshman and sophomores.