Even though their season-opener is two weeks away, Catasauqua's football team has already shown signs of being ahead of schedule in a much-anticipated season ahead.
The Roughies had their initial live contact with another team when they scrimmaged Lehighton Saturday, the first of two preseason tilts before they meet Wilson in their opener Aug. 31.
"It was a good showing for us," said head coach Tom Falzone of his club who is expected by many media outlets to have another stellar season. "We were able to look at a few things and work on some others.
Finally, the Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference appear to be joining forces.
During an LVC meeting on Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, league officials formally ratified their constitution to allow expansion.
It was the final hurdle from an LVC standpoint in order to move forward to join forces with the MVC to form the proverbial "super conference" that folks in the Lehigh Valley have been hearing about for months.
Bobby Thomas began his coaching career on a favor.
"I remember when the CYAA (Catasauqua Youth Athletic Association) needed someone to help out in 2002 and 03 and I offered to help," recalled Thomas. "I had helped out once in a while at the high school.
"But from there, I stayed with it and basically worked my way up the ladder to high school. When the high school job opened up, I jumped at it. It has been very satisfying and rewarding all the way through."
Ra'Von Burton doesn't want to talk about last year. But he does want to take the same approach he and his team did last year as they marched into the District 11 Class 2A final against Pen Argyl, only to have a loss to the defending champions place a temporary damper on their program.
"We just need to take one game at a time," stressed the senior on the eve of the beginning of practice that began Monday morning. "We did that all through last year. But after a while, we became too content.
"We can't let that happen again."
Jonathan Bender was emailing Mark Cuban back and forth about his ideas. Bender, the fifth overall draft pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, was emailing the Dallas Mavericks owner about a product he had developed.
Cuban was looking for a product himself, a seven-foot, big-man, instead of what Bender was trying to pitch him.
"I told him about my product and he told me I needed a big man," said Bender. "It's tough to get owners to look at you as more than just athletes."
In two weeks, Pennsylvania's only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will again set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season of the show whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.
Zack Bradley can already feel the emotion and determination from his own self as well as his teammates.
Yet, Bradley will need to wait a few more days until football practice officially begin Monday.
Mike Frew and Ken Greb both grew up in New Jersey, but the duo have managed to establish themselves as basketball fixtures in the Lehigh Valley over the years.
Recently, the duo played for G&S against Roosevelt in the Catasauqua's annual Tournament of Champions at the Catty Park. In a battle of undefeated teams in the championship game, Roosevelt won, 68-56.
The 6th Annual Rough Riders Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 8, at the Willowbrook Golf Club. There were 120 golfers who participated in this year's tournament, helping raise over $4,000 for the Catasauqua Booster Club.
Director of Student Activities Tom Moll wanted to thank the following volunteers who assisted with this year's tournament: Jennifer Keppel, Marisa Bartholomew, Braden Bartholomew, Dave Ascani, Frank Schlofer, Fran Schlofer, Lori Bilous, Shannon Seremula, Eric Snyder, Tina Snyder, Todd Richards, Rob Petrosky, Marie Hallquist, David Keppel and Pam Nyce.
According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.
Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.
"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."