Catasauqua heavyweight Jake Schlinkman believes his team's time has come in the Colonial League.
This season, the Roughies have thrust themselves into the spotlight of the league, most notably with a convincing 46-25 victory over Palmerton last Saturday. The victory brought them another step closer to a North Division title and berth in the Class 2A District Duals, both prominent team goals before the season.
There has been a predominant feeling in the wrestling room that they belong.
As a unit, they inconceivably may have among the most accumulated number of years combined as any coaching staff across the Lehigh Valley and the state.
As a staff, they have shared the unique bonds of player – coach and coach-coach that has expanded among several generations of Catasauqua football.
The Roughies' football staff is distinctive in its own manner, one that features three former head coaches – two former Catty field generals – and several members who have played for their current colleagues.
Catty celebrated a great win over Palmerton 46-25.
It was especially nice because the Bombers got their lineup back intact after the flu bug hit them for the Pen Argyl match that had to be delayed a day, causing a 58-9 loss to Pen Argyl.
Jared Nosal started it off with a tremendous win, 5-2 at 220, over Skyler Rosenberry. Rosenberry was coming off a pin victory against Pen Argyl.
At 285 senior Jacob Schlinkman hooked up in a battle with Andrew Strauss before losing by decision. Nick Mark won by forfeit at 106.
Catasauqua High School head girls basketball coach Chad Werkheiser summed things up in a nut shell Tuesday night.
"We have to work on not turning the ball over," he said. "We played against one of the best guards in the league."
Salisbury's 5-5 senior Megan Hrebik scored 17 points, had nine steals, five rebounds and two assists in a 62-27 Colonial League defeat of Catty. The Lady Roughies committed 19 turnovers.
Catty fell to Salisbury on the road Tuesday night, 52-32.
The Falcons won all four quarters, getting out to a 14-8 first quarter lead before leading at the half 30-16. The Roughs were held to just four points in the fourth.
Tony Brinkley led the way for Catty with eight. Alex Parker and Paryss Marshall each had seven.
The Falcons were led by the trio of Justin Aungst, Brad Vangeli and Dan Reichenbach. Aungst had a game-high 16 while Vangeli and Reichenbach combined for five threes and each scored 12 points.
These are busy times for Catasauqua's Samantha Schnabel.
When she isn't logging minutes for the Roughies' girls' basketball team this winter, Schnabel is involved in an indoor dance/rifle/flag ensemble that she has been a part of her life for the past nine years.
During the fall, Schnabel was a member of the Roughies marching band, an activity she has enjoyed for the past seven years. In her few minutes of spare time, Schnabel also has been involved with dance and its competitions since the seventh grade.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder is hopeful history doesn't repeat itself for his team.
After a recent loss to Notre Dame, Snyder envisioned the same kind season he and his team endured last season possibly surfacing for his team. The result was a sub-par .500 campaign and also a non-visit to the district playoffs.
"This is the same kind of things that happened to us last year," lamented Snyder. "We lost a tough game to Northampton, battled Notre Dame throughout and then lost at the end, and then lost in a blowout to Wilson.
Catty played right with the 11-1, 6-1 Wilson Warriors in the first half and were down 14-13 at the end of the first quarter and 31-25 at half.
But Bob Frankenfield's Warriors pulled away in the second half and won 67-47.
Catty is now 5-5 overall.
All-Everything Gerald Terry, who was granted an extra year of eligibility, and Daye-Shaw Bailey, both went rip city on the nets at the Wilson Gym for 17 points a piece. Bailey banged home three from Northampton Street and Terry sank two treys.
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Melissa Fuhrman is a forward with 19 career goals and 14 career assists. She ranks second in her class with a 4.0 GPA out of 4.
She is a four-year letter winner in soccer and was captain her senior year. She was all-Colonial League honorable mention as a sophomore and Morning Call all-area team as a sophomore and junior.
Catty basketball fans who didn't come to the Catasauqua Gym missed a good effort by the girls against Wilson in a 48-36 loss.
"The game was truly closer than what the final score indicates," Janae Matos said.
Underclassmen did most of the scoring as Shiloh Sziy had 17 points, Amarys Moten six, Katie Buczynski four, Sam Schnabel also scored four, and Janae Matos had three while senior point guard Olivia Falko added two.