Knowing this is his final season, Jared Stephen is cherishing every moment on the Catasauqua football team. He also truly is grateful for merely having the opportunity to start on the Roughies' defensive line this fall and is making the most of it.
Last season, Stephen was the team's sixth offensive lineman and filled in along the way when needed. Defensively, he played on the program's JV squad.
Tough lessons were learned last week for the likes of Bethlehem Catholic, who have fallen from the top five. Emmaus keeps teaching us to not overlook their workmanlike approach to the game, while the top three teams in the poll seemed to have taken their feet off the gas pedals last week.
Let's see if teams can turn up the heat as week eight approaches.
1. Parkland (6-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Could be the game of the week.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Becahi 21
2. Easton (6-1)
Last week's rank: 2
Two teams going in different directions.
Editor's note: The Colonial League cross country meet takes place after Catasauqua Press deadlines. Look in next week's edition for more on the meet.
Catasauqua first-year head cross country coach Kyle Rusnock was looking forward to the Colonial League Cross Country meet Wednesday.
He realizes the odds might have been stacked against his group of runners who have been thrust into the spotlight this season, but Rusnock also is confident his harriers are peaking at the right time.
Shelly Laudenslager expects an intense battle when four women's powder puff football teams take to the field in Hokendauqua.
More importantly, though, women will be playing for a fight toward a worthy national cause during the month.
Teams from Catasauqua, Emmaus, Hokendauqua, and Northampton will participate in the third annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff games at the Bob Warke Fields in Hokendauqua this Sunday.
All season long, Catasauqua has been seeking to play the perfect football game.
Although scoring roughly 51 points per game and allowing just over 14, the Roughies might have an argument about their cause. Still, head coach Tom Falzone has watched his offense dominate the first five games of the season, while his defense has raised its status over the past two games.
Whatever the case, there was little doubt about the most emotional game of the year last Friday when Catty defeated Pen Argyl, 29-14, at Alumni Field.
Last season, Catasauqua's Michael Gilmartin shot a 93 in the district golf qualifying round and missed the cut by a mere stroke.
A year later, Gilmartin once again shot a 93 in the 2013 District 11 Qualifying Round. This time, however, Gilmartin's score was good enough to earn a spot in the District Golf Championships at Blue Ridge Country Club, while making school history along the way.
This fall, success of the Catasauqua girls' volleyball team won't be measures in wins and losses. Instead, it has been measure in the overall growth and maturity of its players as well as some moral victories that will eventually lead to solid ones in the future.
"This season is all about claiming some little victories," said first-year head coach Abby Cunningham, whose squad is winless with two weeks remaining in the regular season. "We have had plenty of moral victories along the way and we want to focus more on individual goals for the girls.
Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
In their 42-0 blanking against Bangor, Catasauqua has its lowest offensive point total from its first-team offense.
Yet, head coach Tom Falzone isn't overly concerned. Instead, he was more impressed with their first defensive shutout of the season. It did alleviate some unrest about the defense that is recent weeks has allowed a larger than usual amount of yardage.
To commemorate and recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day (Oct. 28), which, unfortunately, is not on many calendars, Harold Luther, Retail Manager at Cabela's Hamburg, invited 20 kids who are enrolled in Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, to a European-type tower hunt at Clover Hollow Farms in Slatington.
The 20 children had 20 mentors accompanying them, some with trained field dogs who retrieved downed birds for the young hunters.