All season long, Catasauqua has been seeking to play the perfect football game.
Although scoring roughly 51 points per game and allowing just over 14, the Roughies might have an argument about their cause. Still, head coach Tom Falzone has watched his offense dominate the first five games of the season, while his defense has raised its status over the past two games.
Whatever the case, there was little doubt about the most emotional game of the year last Friday when Catty defeated Pen Argyl, 29-14, at Alumni Field.
Last season, Catasauqua's Michael Gilmartin shot a 93 in the district golf qualifying round and missed the cut by a mere stroke.
A year later, Gilmartin once again shot a 93 in the 2013 District 11 Qualifying Round. This time, however, Gilmartin's score was good enough to earn a spot in the District Golf Championships at Blue Ridge Country Club, while making school history along the way.
This fall, success of the Catasauqua girls' volleyball team won't be measures in wins and losses. Instead, it has been measure in the overall growth and maturity of its players as well as some moral victories that will eventually lead to solid ones in the future.
"This season is all about claiming some little victories," said first-year head coach Abby Cunningham, whose squad is winless with two weeks remaining in the regular season. "We have had plenty of moral victories along the way and we want to focus more on individual goals for the girls.
Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
In their 42-0 blanking against Bangor, Catasauqua has its lowest offensive point total from its first-team offense.
Yet, head coach Tom Falzone isn't overly concerned. Instead, he was more impressed with their first defensive shutout of the season. It did alleviate some unrest about the defense that is recent weeks has allowed a larger than usual amount of yardage.
To commemorate and recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day (Oct. 28), which, unfortunately, is not on many calendars, Harold Luther, Retail Manager at Cabela's Hamburg, invited 20 kids who are enrolled in Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, to a European-type tower hunt at Clover Hollow Farms in Slatington.
The 20 children had 20 mentors accompanying them, some with trained field dogs who retrieved downed birds for the young hunters.
Catasauqua's field hockey program took a collective sigh when they clinched their second consecutive District 11 Class 2A playoff berth.
Now, the Roughies hope they can enter the postseason with some momentum. In order to gain their ticket to the playoffs, Catty recently shutout Bangor, 1-0, and also downed Palmerton, 5-1.
"It does feel nice to finally get it done," said head coach Carrie Saul, who has guided the team to two berths in her first two years at the helm of the program. "We had a good few weeks, but we want to win our final two games.
With an imminent and distant future ahead, Derrick Bond understands what a commitment in sports and life is about.
Head football coach Tom Falzone refers to Bond as the team's "jack-of-all-trades" as he been the squad utility man this fall, being able to replace or temporarily fill-in spots along the way.
Bond has played both tight end and wide receiver for the Roughies and has been on the line and in the linebacking corps on defense.
Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.