After he watched his team's game film against Wilson, head coach Tom Falzone has to think twice about something.
He realized his team ran just under 35 offensive plays in the Roughies' 40-7 opening -game victory over Wilson last Saturday afternoon. Falzone admittedly did a double-take, but he soon knew this team had the same potential of last year's squad that produced 10 mercy-rule victories from their 12-win total.
Paryss Marshall didn't have any doubts about his team's opening-game performance despite the Roughies lost a core of seniors from a team that posted 12 wins and suffered their lone defeat in the District 11 Class 2A championship game last year.
When his team posted 40 points in the opening quarter against Wilson, Marshall wasn't surprised. Instead, he did more than his share with a pair of touchdown passes and a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown that easily could have been included in any highlight film.
Abby Cunningham got a call from her former coach Sue Ardnt about taking over the Catasauqua girls' volleyball program and thought it would be a good fit.
Lindsay Ardnt, Sue's daughter, recently resigned from the program and moved out of the area. As a result, it was a flurry of activity that lead to Cunningham taking over the program.
"When I took over, I really didn't have a lot of time to get everything organized," said Cunningham, who played for the Roughies from 2005 through 2009. "But we have 20 girls in the program and we have split them between varsity and JV.
Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone knows his team is ready.
The Roughies tuned up for the season opener Saturday afternoon at Wilson with an impressive scrimmage against both Marian and Kutztown last week. Falzone stated his team dominated in every phase of the game against both clubs. However, it was a performance he didn't totally expect.
"We played very well," said Falzone. "But we really didn't practice well in the days before the scrimmage. We looked good in all phases of our game and there were a number of players who really excelled.
Press photos by Linda Rothrock
Oh hello, it's September already? Well not quite, but by the time this weekend rolls around school will be in full session for everyone, fantasy drafts will be close to completed and it's still going to be raining every week.
Anyways, it's clear who the top teams in each conference are this year, but who will creep up to challenge teams like Easton, Parkland and Catasauqua in their respective conferences should be clearer after week one.
So without further a do, here's the opening poll for 2013.
When Charlie Post awoke on Aug. 12, he looked out a window. When Post saw it was raining, he initially thought what he would do to conduct his cross country practice. However, Post then quickly he was no longer at the helm of the program.
At the end of the school year in June, Post announced his retirement from a 37-year-career as an English teacher in the Catasauqua school district. As well as leaving the classroom, Post decided to resign from his role as head cross country coach at the school, a position he held for the past seven seasons.
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."