On the surface, it appears a consistent seven-man rotation has played a pivotal role in the Roughies' late season success in which they ended the regular season with a nine-game winning streak and also won 11of their last 12 contests.
However, a key ingredient to Catty's success involves the play of seniors Justin Biviano, Zach Labezius, Kurt Wells and junior Ra'Von Burton. During games, all of the four players haven't been receiving multiple minutes of playing time, but it is in practice that they all have been seeing plenty of court time.
Over the past two years, Jared Nosal wanted to change his past on the wrestling mats.
As a budding freshman, Nosal burst onto the scene and took some lumps in his first season when he posted a 6-20 record. The following year, Nosal doubled his win total, but knew he hadn't reached his pinnacle.
Chris Deutsch's Lady Tigers (21-1) were angry after having lost their first game of the season to Bangor last Tuesday night. They took it out on the Roughies, 60-20, last Thursday night in New Tripoli.
Again it was a Catty-Nortwestern homecoming of sorts with Catty relatives and friends of Trista Cunningham coming north to see the last regular season game. Cunningham didn't disappoint scoring ten points.
Two other Lady Tigers hit double figures, Sabrina Mertz with two threes and 11 points and Kaleen Suter also weighed in with 10 points and one basket beyond the arc.
In all likelihood, Catasauqua's boys' basketball team will be seeing a mirror image of itself when they begin PIAA District 11 Class 2A district play in two weeks.
The Roughies, who finished with an overall 16-6 and rode a nine-game winning streak, loom as the likely team to meet Williams Valley (17-5) in the semifinal round of district play that begins Feb. 27. Since only four teams qualified, Catty currently holds the number one seed in Class 2A.
For the next few weeks, Catasauqua's wrestling program will be dealing with the proverbial waiting game.
In recent weeks, the Roughies achieved a major team goal by reaching the Colonial league team championships as well as the District 11 Class 2A dual championships, the latter resulting in a 56-13 defeat to Saucon Valley after a loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the Colonial League final rounds. Catty advanced to meet Saucon Valley after they defeated North Schuylkill, 33-31, behind Devon Green's clinching fall at 132 pounds in the second-last match of the night.
The stands were full of fans from four high schools for the Colonial League Wrestling Championship, but the presence of the Catty Crew wasn't heard. Pen Argyl ended up with a 43-21 win over Catty in the semifinals of the Colonial League playoffs.
The meet began at 132 with Steve Burresci edging Jacob Rusnock 3-2. Burresci got an early headlock on Rusnock and while Rusnock had the Green Knight in trouble, Burresci had to front bridge up to hold onto the win.
Jake Holden pinned Catty freshman Devin Greene in 2:18 for a 9-0 Pen Argyl advantage.
Freshmen Devin Greene was the hero for the wrestling Roughs at Freedom last Friday in the District 11 2A team duals. Catty, the number seven seed, beat 10-seed North Schuylkill, 33-31.
Greene cranked a headlock on Justin Rodriguez and converted it into a pin at 1:23. By virtue of Green's victory, Catty won and got to wrestle Colonial League champion Saucon Valley in the next round.
Saucon would roll to victory over the Roughies before getting pounded by Bethlehem Catholic in the finals. Both teams moved on to the state duals in Hershey.
The Catasauqua boys can still get in the Colonial League playoffs, but they need help.
Catty took care of business Tuesday night with a win over Northern Lehigh (see below) to stay alive. Catasauqua and Salisbury are currently tied for the second wild card spot in the Colonial League.
Wilson won the Colonial League South Division with a 63-50 win over Salisbury Tuesday night. The Warriors (14-1, 20-1) are the number one seed for the Colonial League Tournament. Notre Dame of Green Pond clinched one wild card spot Tuesday night with a 67-34 win over Palisades.
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.