Catasauqua's Paige Kogelman and her teammates have been anxious for too many weeks.
In fact, it was nearly four weeks before the Roughies opened their season with a game against Palmerton Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.
During that time, Catty had one scrimmage and their usual season-opener against Moravian Academy was rescheduled due to their opponent's school holiday schedule. It has been a long time coming for the season to get underway.
The Catasauqua Cosmos U-9 Girls Travel Team had an undefeated season in their winter indoor league at the Turff Club in Allentown. The team finished 11-0-1. The season ran from November until March. The girls scored a total of 91 goals in the season and only had 27 goals scored against them. All of the girls are either in second or third grade at Sheckler Elementary School in Catasauqua.
Catasauqua senior Zac Bradley wasn't overly concerned with his team's 17-2 loss to neighboring Northampton in their season opener.
For Bradley and his teammates, it was simply a matter of interpreting the meaning o f the opening game for both teams.
"We looked at it like a scrimmage," stated Bradley, who figures to be a major contributor in the Roughies' pitching plans this spring. "We certainly don't take a loss lightly, but that was the first time we were outside all spring. We didn't have a scrimmage and we really didn't expect that much.
With a stable of returning starters and a crop of budding underclassmen, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas is optimistic about his club's chances for the 2013 campaign.
"We're looking good," beamed Thomas, who will begin his fifth season at the helm of the Roughies program. "We lost a few players, but we have our two pitchers back and a number of freshmen who can help us.
"Depth always has been one of our problems, but we have it this season."
On paper, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley believes his club could be a contender in the Colonial League this spring.
Problem is, his club needs to address those intangibles that plagued the Roughies most of last season when they began the year with a 0-8 start and then battled their way back to respectability.
"We had too many errors, too many men left on base to name a few," admitted Bradley. "At the start of the season, we also had problems with our pitchers throwing strikes, but that problem took care of itself.
If you're a female between the ages of 7-17 living in, or around, the Lehigh Valley area and want to learn more about the game of golf, consider yourself lucky.
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Change is a way of life.
And if the Colonial League gets its wish, there will be some major changes in the near future.
At a meeting of athletic directors and principals Tuesday at Catasauqua, it was unanimously decided to invite two "bigger" schools to join their league.
The invitations went out Wednesday.
Bryan Geist, Northern Lehigh's AD and vice president of the Colonial League, wouldn't release the names of the schools, but it was reported Tuesday night that both schools were from the Mountain Valley Conference.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder didn't see it coming.
His team entered the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championship game against Notre Dame with a 10-game winning streak, the latest triumph a convincing 84-56 thumping over Williams Valley three days earlier in a district semifinal.
In the 59-49 loss to Notre Dame in the district final, the Roughies apparently wasted too many opportunities as well as creating some missed ones.
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Perhaps the PF&BC's trout stocking that got underway last week may be the first sign of spring.
With the trout season opening here in the Southeast Region on March 30, Lee Creyer, Lehigh County Waterways Conservation Officer, has begun stocking local streams with a portion of the 1.84 million trout allocated for state waters.
So far, Cedar Creek in Allentown, Laurel Run in the