In recent years, Catasauqua head track and field coach Glenn Reightler has had his share of great individual performers. But his season, the veteran coach expects to continue the trend and also gain some team victories along the way.
"We do have some people back who had strong seasons for us," said Reightler. "But we also more depth than we have had in the past in both the boys' and girls' teams. We should be able to gains some more wins than usual this season.
"We're off to a nice start and we expect to get better."
Jeff Trexler is among the seniors on the Catasauqua baseball roster who all realize that time might not be on their side.
Trexler and his teammates are well aware of their team's 0-8 start last season that eventually salvaged aspirations of a Colonial League and district playoff bid. The Roughies did rally late in the season.
Beginning this week, Catty had a 0-2 record and a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Pen Argyl signaled the start of a busy remainder of the 2013 campaign.
The Catasauqua track and field teams both dropped a pair of meets on Tuesday afternoon at Palisades.
The boys fell to the Pirates 98-51 and to Wilson 97.66-47.33. The girls lost to Palisades 118-28 and to the Warriors 103-44.
Several of the boys had big days for Catty. Tony Brinkley picked up two wins, taking the 800 in 2:14.0 and the 1600 in 4:47.0.
The Colonial Youth Football League (CYFL) will open the 2013 season with three new teams.
The league accepted and approved the addition of the Pen Argyl Green Knights, Saucon Valley Panthers and the Upper Saucon Storm. This is the second increase in as many years. The Rough Riders and Bangor Slaters began league play in 2012.
The CYFL formed in 2011 with seven associations. The founding members included: Northwestern, Northern Lehigh, Southern Lehigh, Wilson, Williams Township, Salisbury and Palisades.
Jordan Dardis knows this season will be special.
If anyone should know, it is Dardis. For the past three seasons, she has been a pivotal person in the Roughies' softball program as she saw considerable time as a freshman.
Now a senior, Dardis has seen enough of the broken promises of the past and is ready to take the next step in the program's future this spring. One of the initial steps to success this season was a 10-0 shutout over Palmerton in the team's opener.
The 38th Annual Via All-Star Classic tipped off at Northampton Community College Saturday, pitting teams from the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference against each other.
On the girls side, the Lehigh Valley West all-stars, comprised of players from Allen, Central Catholic, Dieruff, Emmaus, Parkland and Whitehall high schools took on a team of stars from the Colonial League, with players from Bangor, Palisades, Palmerton, Northwestern, Notre Dame Green Pond, Salisbury, Southern Lehigh and Wilson, with the LVC stars coming away with a 63-61 win.
Catasauqua's Paige Kogelman and her teammates have been anxious for too many weeks.
In fact, it was nearly four weeks before the Roughies opened their season with a game against Palmerton Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.
During that time, Catty had one scrimmage and their usual season-opener against Moravian Academy was rescheduled due to their opponent's school holiday schedule. It has been a long time coming for the season to get underway.
The Catasauqua Cosmos U-9 Girls Travel Team had an undefeated season in their winter indoor league at the Turff Club in Allentown. The team finished 11-0-1. The season ran from November until March. The girls scored a total of 91 goals in the season and only had 27 goals scored against them. All of the girls are either in second or third grade at Sheckler Elementary School in Catasauqua.
Catasauqua senior Zac Bradley wasn't overly concerned with his team's 17-2 loss to neighboring Northampton in their season opener.
For Bradley and his teammates, it was simply a matter of interpreting the meaning o f the opening game for both teams.
"We looked at it like a scrimmage," stated Bradley, who figures to be a major contributor in the Roughies' pitching plans this spring. "We certainly don't take a loss lightly, but that was the first time we were outside all spring. We didn't have a scrimmage and we really didn't expect that much.
With a stable of returning starters and a crop of budding underclassmen, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas is optimistic about his club's chances for the 2013 campaign.
"We're looking good," beamed Thomas, who will begin his fifth season at the helm of the Roughies program. "We lost a few players, but we have our two pitchers back and a number of freshmen who can help us.
"Depth always has been one of our problems, but we have it this season."