The Catasauqua girls fell to Moravian Academy 34-26 last week in a low-scoring game.
Catty led 6-4 after the first quarter but Moravian came back to take a 10-9 lead at the half before pulling away with a big third quarter to take a 26-16 lead into the fourth.
Shiloh Sziy led the way for the Roughs with nine points in the game, four of those game in the third quarter.
Eric Snyder knew this would be a different year on a few fronts for his program this winter.
For starters, the veteran coach had to revamp some of his initial plans when he had to deal with the potential losses of seniors Brandon Purrone and Ra'Von Burton due to injuries from the football season.
Miraculously, Purrone -battling through a torn ACL - has played in the Roughies' first three games, but he isn't at 100-percent capacity. Burton, however, recently underwent knee surgery that brought an end to his Roughies' career.
Heading into this year's Powder Puff football game against Northampton, Catasauqua was already at a slight disadvantage.
The Rough Riders' 15 players were just a fraction compared to nearly 80 for the Konkrete Kids. And Catasauqua quarterback Danielle Lilly was trying to overcome a sickness as well, and was able to recover just in time for the game.
Every year around this time the 1983 classic movie "A Christmas Story" will be shown multiple times on a cable TV channel. It tells the story of Ralphie Parker (born in NYC on April 16, 1971) who wants a Daisy "Red Ryder" BB gun for Christmas. Every time he asked for one, he'd get the same famous reply: "You'll shoot your eye out."
A few weeks ago, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder had a pretty good feeling about his team's potential despite losing some starters from last year's squad that fell to Notre Dame in the District 11 Class 2A final.
Brandon Purrone, Ra'Von Burton, Paryss Marshall, and Derrick Bond were back from a team that had responded from spinning its wheels after Christmas to reeling off a 10-game winning streak that helped catapult them into the district final.
In spite of a notable five-year run in the postseason during his first stay at the helm of the Roughies' girls' program, Dave Troxell admittedly has a case of butterflies in the stomach when his team opened the season against Mahanoy Area last Friday night.
Catasauqua High School wrestling coach, Kyle Rusnock, did not exactly seek out the newly available head cross country coaching position when Coach Charles Post stepped down after the 2012 season, but in accepting the offer for the 2013 season, Rusnock is glad he did.
"The runners approached me and asked if I would coach. I always liked cross country. I went to the meets and would watch them run," said Rusnock. "It was a very enjoyable season. The kids were incredible, they never complained, and they were very self-motivated."
As Moravian College's field hockey team's regular season recently came to an end, Andrea Eck obviously was disappointed about her squad just missing an invite to the postseason. Yet, the former Catasauqua standout is also disheartened about her collegiate career reaching its climax.
Over the past four seasons, though, Eck knew she made the right choice to continue her field hockey career in Bethlehem.
"It was sad that we didn't make the playoffs," said Eck about her squad that finished with an overall 9-8 record.
Days before the game, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone was concerned that some of the luster of his team's annual Thanksgiving Day tilt with Northampton might have begun to rust.
His players apparently had focused more of their attention on the upcoming state playoff game against Imhotep Charter two days later.
"We wanted to stress to them the importance of this game to everyone," said the fifth-year head coach. "We gained a sense that some of them might take the game for granted.
When he received a text Sunday from head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder regarding Tuesday's upcoming practice, Paryss Marshall finally realized it.
The senior wide receiver/defensive back, who had stellar seasons on both sides of the ball all season for the Roughies, was stunned and shocked about the fact that his football season was over.