At Catty High Bangor fans had over 1,000 reasons to be happy about. Senior Morgan McCollian scored 13 points in the first quarter. the blonde-haired senior hit her 1,000 point with 2;36 to play in the first period. six seconds later Sammie Schnabel scored Catty's first two points of the game sinking two free throws. The Lady Slaters went on to win 44-20 last Thursday and Catty High got the word that Katie Buczynski, a junior power forward who could also run the point is lost for the year due to a concussion suffered in the Palisades game.
On and off the court, Catasauqua's Shiloh Sziy continues to experience life in a different ways. However, Sziy is growing at a pace only she can appreciate, one that has been already developed in the family.
This winter, she has established herself as a shining post presence in the Roughies' basketball program after a season in which she chose to be in the shadows. Sziy has also been a major contributor in Catty's field hockey and softball programs as well as finding some time to also develop a career as a school cheerleader.
Catty used a big first quarter to cruise to a 68-46 victory against Pen Argyl Tuesday night to improve to 12-6 overall this season.
The Roughs jumped out to a 28-10 lead after the first quarter and then came out strong in the second half winning the third quarter 23-13. It all led to a 62-35 advantage heading into the final frame.
The trio of Tony Brinkley, Alex Parker and Jarrid Strong paved the way in the victory. Brinkley and Parker each went for 15 points while Strong added 14. Parker hit two threes as part of his scoring night.
The girls from Bethlehem's Moravian Academy came to Catasauqua last Wednesday night and rained on the Lady Rough Riders.
Ashley Blair hit a pro three-pointer with seven ticks left on the clock to decide the game, 32-29. Catty had one last chance and threw up a more than half court prayer that didn't go in with 1.7 seconds left.
Another tale of the tape was the Lady Lions going 7-for-9 from the foul line. Blair led all scorers with 14 points, and hit two big three pointers, three in all, as Moravian had five total from beyond the three-point arc.
After college, Paryss Marshall wants to become an anchor/writer for ESPN. Until then, however, Marshall may have plenty of his own highlights to watch.
The Catasauqua junior recently finished a highly successful football season that ended in the District 11 Class 2A championship game. Even though the Roughies weren't successful in the contest, the wide receiver/defensive back had a hallmark season with 44 receptions for 900 yards and tied teammate Alex Brown with 13 touchdown receptions.
The Champ is Here! The Champ is Here! It may be an overused song in Boxing and MMA but it's a tune Catasauqua High School wrestling team likes listening to.
The Roughs did it again at Panther Valley High School in the Coal Cracker Open, winning the team title.
The Rough Riders took to the mat with a swagger and used Saturday's tournament as a tuneup to take on Pen Argyl on Wednesday night, after Press deadlines, in the Colonial League wrestling tournament.
Editor's note - Wednesday evening's Colonial League wrestling tournament takes place after Catasauqua Press deadlines.
By virtue of their head-to-head victory with visiting Catasauqua, Pen Argyl gave Catty their first Colonial League loss of the season 36-33.
The Green Knights had been upset earlier in the season by the Palisades Pirates and as a result both teams finished with 7-1 records in the Colonial League North. Pen Argyl is 10-3 and Catty is 16-10 overall.
This season, Catasauqua's Brandon Purrone has enjoyed taking charge as well as creating and taking direction of his life in several ways.
The junior, who transferred from Bethlehem Catholic, became a primary part of the Roughies' football team as his play on the offensive line was steady and impressive enough to gain him an honorable mention berth on the Colonial League (CL) All-Star football selections.
This winter, Purrone has been thrust into the starting point guard role on the basketball team and has continued to grow and excel with each passing game.
Saucon Valley girls basketball coach Craig Mogel used 11 players and eight of them scored in a 48-13 Colonial League victory over shorthanded Catty. The Panthers subbed freely and had fresh legs to the end.
Catty was missing starting point guard Olivia Falko (soccer commitment) and power forward Katie Buczynski, who suffered a concussion at Palisades last Friday night.
Over the past two seasons, the thought of the final few weeks of the season was a disrupting thought for the Catasauqua boys' basketball program.
Before the 2011-12 season, the Roughies qualified for the District 11 Class 2A playoffs, but they had a quick exit after a first-round game. Last year, Catty fell two games short of clinching a postseason berth.
This week, the Roughies began the week with an overall 8-6 mark and a 6-4 slate in the Colonial League. They had eight games remaining and need an overall .500 mark or one in their league mark to return to the postseason.