The Roughs are in.
Youthful exuberance was felt at Catasauqua's Bill Kennedy Complex last Thursday. It had been four years since Catasauqua has made the Colonial League playoffs, but a 5-4 win over Northwestern had the Roughs back to the show.
Catasauqua got all of its runs in the first and second innings, clinching the Colonial League North crown on the last day of the regular season.
Senior Zach Stopay roped a double with two RBIs. Zach and junior brother Jacob Stopay both went 2-for-3 as Jacob pounded out a triple. Senior Zac Edwards added an RBI hit.
There may have been some surprised high schools in the area who thought they missed the boat when it was announced that Dave Troxell was back to coach the Catasauqua girls basketball team.
But they can rest assured that they didn't really miss out at all...
"I really only ever thought about coaching at Catty," said Troxell. "I am a die-hard Catasauqua Rough Rider, brown and white are my favorite colors. I have grown up, went to school, work, and live in Catasauqua all in the past 42 years, so it never crossed my mind to coach anywhere else."
With his track season in the twilight of his high school career, Justin Biviano sometimes wishes he had two more years of varsity experience left.
It was two years ago as a sophomore that Biviano took the initiative to try out for the team. During his junior and now senior year, he soon realized that he made the right choice.
For the second consecutive year, Biviano will participate in the discus competition during the Colonial League track meet that began Tuesday afternoon and concluded the following day. Biviano was among a core of Roughies that participated.
Just like the baseball team, Catty fell behind early Monday against Northern Lehigh before pulling away for an 8-3 win.
Catty tried 2-1 after an inning but would add seven runs over the final five innings. Alexis Ayache went the distance and allowed just three hits while striking out three and walking three. CHS took advantage of six Bulldog errors in the game while scoring eight runs on six hits.
Paige Kogelman was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice, a walk, a steal and four RBIs. Hannah Edwards went 2-for-5 with four runs and four steals.
Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
Throughout the year, Catasauqua's baseball team has had as many twists and turns to its season as a high-speed, multi-looped roller coaster.
However, a win Wednesday afternoon easily could have brought the Roughies back to solid ground.
Entering its final two games of the regular season, Catty needed to win both contests to ensure themselves a wild card spot in the upcoming Colonial League playoffs, a visit they would take for the first time in four seasons.
Catasauqua survived an early scare from Northern Lehigh before pulling away to win 14-5 Monday night at Bryfogle Park during a dual senior night celebration.
Catty, now 9-6, will take on Northwestern, also 9-6, Wednesday (after Press deadlines) with the winner becoming the North Division champion and advancing to the Colonial League playoffs next Tuesday, May 14. The loser could potentially be tied for the final wildcard spot depending on Notre Dame's (9-6) game with Wilson.
The Roughs trailed 4-1 after the first inning but scored 13 runs between the third and fifth frames.
In the past week, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas and his team have raised their expectations for the season.
The fourth-year head coach and his team have every right to do it. Catty has been one of the hottest teams in the Lehigh Valley, and the Roughies already have placed themselves in a solid position for the postseason.
With her track and high school athletic career possibly ending this week, Catasauqua's Selena Contreras has come full circle.
Contreras, a senior, had thrown discus, shot and javelin and has also ran the 4 X 800 relay for the Roughies' track program this spring and she was awaiting to see if her career could continue at districts in a few weeks. Whether or not it does, Contreras has made the most of her time wearing the brown and white.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner.
The Lehigh Valley team will hold their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
The other two tryouts will take place on Sunday's May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.