Paige Kogelman, who went a perfect 4-for-4 against Palmerton in the Colonial League semifinals on Tuesday night at Patriots Park, was elated after a convincing 15-4 win.
"We did everything together," Kogelman said. "We started off tonight a little rocky. We have all been working hard all year."
Catty ended a 10-game winning streak for Palmerton and improved to 16-5 overall. The girls will meet division nemesis Pen Argyl, which got by Notre Dame of Green Pond 4-2 in the other semifinal game.
Catty High tamed the Tigers of Northwestern 8-1 last week and it was the first time Catty qualified for the Colonial League playoffs. CHS won a Colonial League title in the 80s before the playoff format went into effect.
Head Coach Thomas said, "I am extremely proud of the girls. The kids were in a rut in the middle of the season. I'm excited for everyone on the team."
In their past four regular season games, Catasauqua's softball team amassed a total of 52 runs as they finished with an overall 15-5 record and punched their ticket for the first time to the Colonial League playoffs.
In their semifinal game against top-seeded Palmerton Tuesday night at Patriots Park, the fourth-seeded Roughies still didn't miss a beat as they thumped the Blue Bombers 15-4 in a shortened five-inning contest due to the 10-run rule. The victory bolstered the Roughies into league final Thursday night against Pen Argyl also at Patriots' Park.
Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.
A lightning delay that lasted over three hours, as well as what Anthony Brinkley described as a "splitting headache" prior to the 800 run of last week's Colonial League Meet, didn't stop the Catasauqua senior from having one of the best races of his career.
During the second day of last week's meet held at Whitehall High School's Sports Complex, the event resumed around 9:30 p.m. after numerous lightning strikes were visible in the sky. The delay, though, didn't seem to affect Brinkley one bit.
Catasauqua head coach Steve Bradley and his club quickly discovered it wasn't going to be their day Tuesday afternoon at Limeport Stadium.
Making their first Colonial league playoff appearance since 2001, the third-seeded Roughies fell behind early against the second-seeded Southern Lehigh and never recovered as they suffered a 14-4 defeat. Catty (12-9 overall, 10-6 league) will now wait until the District 11 playoffs get underway next week.
With the gluttony of football camps available to high school players and the growing importance of position specific drills to football coaches at the higher levels, Jason Brader thinks he's filled a need.
Brader, the owner FASST Performance in Quakertown, is holding a camp on May 18 from 10am-3pm at the Bethlehem Steelers Youth Field off Schoenersville Rd. in Bethlehem.
The Roughs are in.
Youthful exuberance was felt at Catasauqua's Bill Kennedy Complex last Thursday. It had been four years since Catasauqua has made the Colonial League playoffs, but a 5-4 win over Northwestern had the Roughs back to the show.
Catasauqua got all of its runs in the first and second innings, clinching the Colonial League North crown on the last day of the regular season.
Senior Zach Stopay roped a double with two RBIs. Zach and junior brother Jacob Stopay both went 2-for-3 as Jacob pounded out a triple. Senior Zac Edwards added an RBI hit.
There may have been some surprised high schools in the area who thought they missed the boat when it was announced that Dave Troxell was back to coach the Catasauqua girls basketball team.
But they can rest assured that they didn't really miss out at all...
"I really only ever thought about coaching at Catty," said Troxell. "I am a die-hard Catasauqua Rough Rider, brown and white are my favorite colors. I have grown up, went to school, work, and live in Catasauqua all in the past 42 years, so it never crossed my mind to coach anywhere else."
With his track season in the twilight of his high school career, Justin Biviano sometimes wishes he had two more years of varsity experience left.
It was two years ago as a sophomore that Biviano took the initiative to try out for the team. During his junior and now senior year, he soon realized that he made the right choice.
For the second consecutive year, Biviano will participate in the discus competition during the Colonial League track meet that began Tuesday afternoon and concluded the following day. Biviano was among a core of Roughies that participated.