The Catasauqua High School wrestling team finished 3-2 on the day at the Berwick Duals.
Rhaine Sziy dominated the 182 division, going 5-0, and remains unbeaten at 17-0 so far this season. In addition to his hard work with assistant coach and CHS strength coach Joe Stofko, Sziy has been trained by Walt Finkbeiner of Hellertown, who was entered to the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame back in 2011 as an arm wrestler, Saucon Valley youth wrestling coach and all-around weight trainer for Saucon Valley athletes.
For Katie Buczynski, it has been a bittersweet season.
The Catasauqua junior forward recently helped her team snap a 29-game losing streak and then soon followed it with a victory over Northern Lehigh. It marked the first time Catty won as many as two games in a season since the 2008-09 campaign.
Yet, Buczynski, who has been the team's leading scorer and rebounder, isn't totally satisfied with her team's 2-6 start.
Jarrid Strong was determined to help his team beat Northampton in the annual recent hardwood matchup between neighboring schools.
Strong arguably did his part as he scored a season-high 18 points, but Catasauqua couldn't close the gap in a close 54-52 defeat to the Konkrete Kids. Northampton took a page from the football rivalry between the two as they registered their second consecutive victory in as many years, the same trait that has followed the football battle won by Catasauqua the past two seasons.
Anthony Brinkley has accomplished some special feats this year with a third – place finish in the Colonial League Cross Country championship and a first and third – place finish respectively in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Colonial League Track and Field Championships. But he recently notched a unique achievement on the basketball court.
Three time Olympian and professional volleyball player Tayyiba Haneef-Park appeared in Catasauqua at a volleyball clinic hosted by Barry Lovelace, owner of the Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in the former Lincoln Gym in Catasauqua.
Haneef-Park, a 6-7 outside hitter/ opposite who recently played in her third Olympics this past summer in London, used Lovelace's training as part of her workout program.
The S & S girls of Catty High School hoops did a job underneath in a 40-34 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh on Dec. 20.
Catty has now won a nonleague and a league game so far this season. Senior center Samantha Schnabel paced all scorers with 12 points. Strong forward sophomore Shiloh Sziy scored 10 points to help lead the way.
Junior Janae Matos was the third Lady Roughie to score in double digits with 10.
With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons now over, Lehigh Valley sportsmen may be wondering how it went. According to local deer processors and a taxidermist, the numbers are about the same as last year, perhaps a tad off.
While many nice, heavily tined bucks were taken, overall numbers appear to be down ever slightly.
The Rough Riders hosted the 1-0 Notre Dame of Green Pond at the Catasauqua Gym last Wednesday, and Catty improved to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial League with a 45-33 win.
The 160 pounders began the action as Rough Rider Zack Bradley met Dean Fedrezzi with an ankle sweep. The junior achieved waist control and worked up went heavy on the head and turned Fedrezzi for a pin at 1:07.
Junior WR Chris Litzenberger of the Muhlenberg football team was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
To be named, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher and be a starter or key reserve on his team.
An accounting major, Litzenberger appeared in every game, including two starts, and totaled 10 receptions for 91 yards and a TD. The TD came against Dickinson en route to a 61-21 victory on the road.
Don't blame Catasauqua coach Eric Snyder if he had any doubts that Catty could come up with a victory against Northern Lehigh.
"We haven't beaten Northern Lehigh with this group in three years," Snyder said.
Alex Parker played a great game even with his man Josh Eden scoring 19 points.
"He made him work hard for all those points," Snyder said.
Catty prevailed 53-50 and improved to 3-1 in the Colonial League and 4-2 overall. Alex Parker and Brandon Purrone found the open Catty players.