Catty improved to 3-2 overall in wrestling after defeating Salisbury 54-15 to begin the Colonial League dual season last Wednesday at the Catasauqua High School Gym.
The match began at 120. A Falcon veteran, Nico Squarcia, faced Catty newcomer Kory Mindle, r a freshman, put his head in and got the pinfall in 35 seconds.
Spencer Phillips got a forfeit win at 126.
If you're like me and still have an unfilled buck tag, we'll get another shot at one during the late deer season that runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Of course you must use a bow or muzzleloader rifle in all parts of the state.
For those with unfilled antlerless tags, those may be used in the specific WMUs they were purchased for or, an antlerless deer may be taken anywhere with the general hunting license but that ends the deer hunting season for those who do.
Catty fell to Nazareth 57-36 to open the season at the Catty High School Gym in a non-league contest.
"We did not have much on Nazareth because they had not played any games yet," said head coach Eric Snyder. "One of our scouts did see them scrimmage against Pius X and Pen Argyl."
Catty knew of Grant Searfoss, 16 points, and Austin Cordero, 11 points, and that they were good players.
"When they went to zone they outscored us 19-2. We went from four up to 13 down," Snyder said.
Chad Werkheiser's Lady Rough Riders had the unenviable task of opening the 2012-2013 basketball season at Mahanoy Area, a perennial playoff, team last Friday night. The girls fell 54-39.
Coach Werkheiser said, "It was a good overall game for us to start."
Katie Bucynski from Catasauqua High led all scorers with 19 points. Alexa Leshko of Mahanoy Area answered back with 17 in the non-league contest.
"I just kept taking jump shots and took a three," said Buczynski. "I received passes from Liv (Falko) Janae (Matos) and Shiloh (Sziy)."
The Colonial League recognized it recent retirees at its full member meeting at Green Pond Country Club last Wednesday morning, Dec. 5.
Recognized were: Don Harakal - Athletic Director, Southern Lehigh High School; Anthony Koury - Athletic Director, Notre Dame-Green Pond High School; Dwight Repsher - Athletic Director, Pen Argyl Area High School; Ken Fisher - Colonial League Website Coordinator, League Scheduler and League Historian, Northwestern Lehigh High School.
With nearly four years in the Catasauqua athletic programs, Zac Edwards is confident he can spot success in the making and he isn't afraid to take charge.
Edwards himself has been successful on the baseball field where he was a team captain and his play has earned him a scholarship to Lebanon Valley College next fall. He also was a captain on the school's cross country team this fall.
With two games under his belt on the basketball court, Edwards is also confident his hardwood mates can return to district play late this winter.
The 2012 Catasauqua Duals Wrestling Tournament took place on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Scranton took first, Pius X was second and Palmerton was third.
Catty went 3-2 in the duals. They defeated Lake Lehman 34-33 in their first match and followed that with a loss to Pius X 38-27. Catty won over Allen, 55-24 in their third match. The Roughs would then fall to eventual winner Scranton 52-18 before defeating Central in their final match, 48-22.
The Leroy Bolmer Outstanding Wrestler award went to Mike Rodgers of Central.
Catasauqua High School head girls volleyball coach Lindsay Arndt summarized the volleyball season, saying the seniors really stepped up.
"I am so proud of each of them and I will miss coaching them," Arndt said.
Arndt said the last win was icing on the cake, especially after just missing the district playoffs due to losing the game before against Northampton.
When reflecting on the recent season, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone had some mixed feelings.
He was disappointed his team's season ended rather abruptly, but he also realized there is the opportunity for plenty of improvement ahead.
In his ideal basketball world, Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder would like to have a rotation anywhere from eight to 10 players. In the past, the veteran coach noted having that type of rotation lead to successful seasons in the Roughies' past.
If everything falls into place this winter, Snyder should have his wish.