Through his academics and athletics, Jake Rusnock has managed to hone the art of time management.
In his senior season, Rusnock has posted 30 wins at his 132-pound weight class and has maintained his rank as the third best student in his class. Rusnock also is president of the school's National Honor Society, treasurer of the Varsity C club, secretary of the SADD, and a member of Student Council.
As a result, Rusnock has decided on a college major of economics and had narrowed his choices to the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University or Bucknell University.
In his younger years, Dave Wetherhold wasn't too interested in sports. His parents, David and Janice, eventually had him try out for the fifth –grade team.
"I was never that interested in playing sports for a school team," said Wetherhold, who is currently a starting guard for the Roughies this winter. "I would always play sports, but I figured I would finally play for the school team.
"A few years later, I almost changed my mind again."
Wetherhold recalled how one of his middle school teams went 0-16 and it appeared there was an apathetic state surrounding the team.
Continuing to gain respectability and staying the course have been two hallmarks for the Catasauqua wrestling program this winter. The Roughies consistently followed suit in both categories at the recent District 11 Class 2A championships.
Catasauqua split its four matches during the tournament as they opened with a 49-22 victory over Wilson before they fell to Northern Lehigh, 39-31. In the consolation round, they opened with a 33-37 victory over Palisades before they were defeated by North Schuylkill, 41-33.
For anyone out there who thinks that District 11 needs to revamp their wrestling format next year, I'd like to produce a counter argument.
For the first time during my illustrious writing career (sarcasm), I can't remember a district duals tournament that was full of this much intrigue.
If this was professional sports, the controversy created from the first day of action would be a ratings wonderland, filled with interest and angst.
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Dave Troxell knew it would happen soon.
His team has been saddled with an 18-game losing streak since they opened the season with a victory over Mahanoy Area.
It wasn't the appropriate welcome back to the seasoned coach, who returned to the Catty bench for the first time since the 2009 season after a successful 11-year run. But Troxell is a realist and knew these unchartered waters that produced four wins in the past four years wouldn't be a steady course.
The much anticipated and reformatted District 11 wrestling tournament gets set to kick off Thursday evening at four different locations.
Blue Mountain, Stroudsburg, Liberty and Catasauqua are the four sites that will host 24 teams in the opening and quarterfinal rounds before the event shifts over to Freedom for Saturday's final day of wrestling.
Bethlehem Catholic (8-0) will be the top seed in 2A action and search for their fourth straight district title, while Stroudsburg (12-0) earned the top seed in 3A through the point system under the new seeding format.
Janae Matos recently realized that her senior season at Catasauqua is heading down the home stretch. With field hockey behind her, basketball is beginning its final chapter and Matos wants to try and do her share to contribute some positive notes in the upcoming weeks.
One of a handful of seniors in the program, Matos believes her squad can salvage some positives despite a 15-game losing streak that began the week.
MARSHALL 3 4 2 8
WETHERHOLD 0 8 6 6
SCHIFFER 2 0 0 5
PURRONE 3 9 4 10
D.BOND 2 3 3 8
K.BOND 5 3 1 13
PA- LABARRE 7, NIED 2
CATTY- SCHIFFER 1, D.BOND 1, K.BOND 2
DEVIN LABARRE LEADS ALL SCORES WITH 21 POINTS GOING 7 OF 12 FROM BEYOND THE 3 POINT ARC. KEVIN BOND LEADS CATASAUQUA WITH 13 POINTS HITTING 2 KEY 3 POINTERS.
In the past, Zack Bradley admittedly was nervous before each of his matches.
But times have changed, and life situations have adjusted well for the Catasauqua senior as he embarks in the final stage of his high school career.
Bradley, who has wrestled primarily at 160 for the Roughies this winter, is ready to add his own chapter in the Catty wrestling records as he is two wins away from 100 for his career when he took to the mats Thursday night in the District 11 Class 2A team championships in his own gymnasium.
With another great showing at Parkland High School on Sunday for the 19th annual Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase, three of the four games were decided by five points or less.
The one that was not that close included one of the area's local teams. In the opening game of the showcase, Bethlehem Catholic ran into a talented Abington Heights team out of District 2.
The Golden Hawks were making their first Hoop Group appearance since 2003, and the big stage may have gotten to the young team as it started off slow.