Catasauqua's football team is in the process of adding a notable chapter to its football annals this fall, as they recently captured the Colonial League championship. When they travel to New Tripoli in their season finale with Northwestern Friday night, they are optimistic that history won't repeat itself as it did for the 1995 squad that shared a league title.
In that year, the Roughies lost a season-ending game to tarnish an undefeated regular season (9-1) and they eventually lost in the district playoffs.
Over the past four years, Ra'Von Burton and his brother Sa'Quon both figured their football program would someday soon win a Colonial League (CL) championship.
Ra'Von recalled how his older brother had the first inklings that a CL crown would return to Catasauqua for the first time since 1996 when head coach Tom Falzone was hired when Sa'Quon was sophomore.
"He (Sa'Quon) told me that he was different from the previous coach," said Ra'Von. "He (Falzone) was very positive and worked on different things. (Falzone) also turned it up in the weight room.
The story continues. This time, though, the Roughies vanquished one of the monsters from the north.
For a moment or definitely two, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone had to stop to cherish the moment. His team had raised its record to 6-0 on the season with a convincing 35-14 victory over previously undefeated Bangor.
"We feel really good right now," said the fourth-year head coach whose clubs reached their recent pinnacle for the first time in his Catty coaching career. "It was really a heckuva high school football game.
In a few ways, Ra'Von Burton isn't about to look at the distant future.
For one, he battled through the pain of a high ankle sprain days before his team's crucial game in a clash of unbeaten teams against Bangor. In fact, it wasn't until the day before the game that Burton realized he was going to be in the lineup for the Roughies.
Simply speaking, Alissa Frederick is busy young woman.
This fall, Frederick is playing both volleyball and soccer, mainly due to the latter sport's switch to the fall season. When she isn't on a court or a field, Frederick can usually be found two days a week rehearsing her role in the school's marching band.
Aside from those activities, Frederick is also involved in a myriad of school activities and other as well, including taking piano lessons and being an active part in school dramas.
Yet, the senior wouldn't want it any other way.
Colin McDermott of Central Catholic rushed for 373 yards against Northampton to break his own school record of 279 yards he set in his sophomore year against Clearfield. McDermott also joins the 4,000 yard rushing club with his 4,022 yards, good enough for 19th place all-time in the area. His 6 TDs in the game falls one short of the school record held jointly by Komlan Lonergan and Rob Hauke. He is now tied with Chuck Dibilio of Nazareth for 20th place all-time in the area with 57 career TDs.
Catasauqua High School girls volleyball team has only won two matches all year when pressed to play five games.
But the girls topped Lehigh Valley Christian High School despite Alli Aversio's, a senior middle hitter, 11 kills at the Catasauqua High School Gym.
The Rough Riders shot the Cougars 25-6 in the first game of the afternoon on Tuesday.
In most tournaments, golfers are playing to win and second place means about as much as fifth or tenth or last.
The District 11 Championship Qualifying Tournament is a little different. There's no medal for first place, no prize for winning. And for most golfers, 10th place or 15th place feels just as good as first. The only thing that matters is getting through the tournament and advancing to the district championships.
After an unblemished week of picks, I've come to realize that it's not that hard picking games around here this year.
The reality is that there aren't any super teams in the Valley like we've had in the past in either conference, with Catasauqua being the lone exception of a team that appears to be superior to everyone in their league.
Easton could have two losses on its resume at this point, Parkland looks to be heating up and Central Catholic is making a push in the poll.
Who will take another step toward the playoffs this week? Check out the picks below.
Catty field hockey traveled to Saucon Valley on Saturday morning and won by a score of 1-0 over the Panthers.
Most of the first half the ball was on the Lady Roughies offensive end. Catty had some nice give-and-go passes and moved the ball efficently. Rachel Peters scored on an unassisted blast into the goal with 17:12 left in the the first half.
The Rough Riders had a few opportunities to score in the game but came up short.