Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
Throughout the year, Catasauqua's baseball team has had as many twists and turns to its season as a high-speed, multi-looped roller coaster.
However, a win Wednesday afternoon easily could have brought the Roughies back to solid ground.
Entering its final two games of the regular season, Catty needed to win both contests to ensure themselves a wild card spot in the upcoming Colonial League playoffs, a visit they would take for the first time in four seasons.
Catasauqua survived an early scare from Northern Lehigh before pulling away to win 14-5 Monday night at Bryfogle Park during a dual senior night celebration.
Catty, now 9-6, will take on Northwestern, also 9-6, Wednesday (after Press deadlines) with the winner becoming the North Division champion and advancing to the Colonial League playoffs next Tuesday, May 14. The loser could potentially be tied for the final wildcard spot depending on Notre Dame's (9-6) game with Wilson.
The Roughs trailed 4-1 after the first inning but scored 13 runs between the third and fifth frames.
In the past week, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas and his team have raised their expectations for the season.
The fourth-year head coach and his team have every right to do it. Catty has been one of the hottest teams in the Lehigh Valley, and the Roughies already have placed themselves in a solid position for the postseason.
With her track and high school athletic career possibly ending this week, Catasauqua's Selena Contreras has come full circle.
Contreras, a senior, had thrown discus, shot and javelin and has also ran the 4 X 800 relay for the Roughies' track program this spring and she was awaiting to see if her career could continue at districts in a few weeks. Whether or not it does, Contreras has made the most of her time wearing the brown and white.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner.
The Lehigh Valley team will hold their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
The other two tryouts will take place on Sunday's May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
As a senior, Erika Lebron has dealt with the cold reality that her high school softball career could come to an end in the near future.
But Lebron isn't ready to conceive that fact yet. Her team recently clinched a PIAA District 11 playoff berth and the Roughies are also still in the running for the Colonial League North Division with Pen Argyl, who they trailed by a game when the week began.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
After an exciting 3-2 win over Pen Argyl in the bottom of the seventh, Catasauqua High School head coach Bobby Thomas was excited.
"This was huge. A bunch of teams are in the running for the Colonial League playoffs. At least six or seven," Thomas said.
Seniors Melissa Fuhrman and Zac Edwards have been selected as Catasauqua High School's Colonial League Academic All-Stars for the 2012-13 school year. Both students and their parents were honored at a breakfast at the Green Pond Country Club last Friday, April 26.
Fuhrman is ranked third out of 113 with a grade point average of 97.87. She is a four-year letter winner in soccer, a two-year letter winner in cross country and has earned one letter in track and field.