Seven senior Catasauqua High School boys basketball players were honored by the Booster Club, prior to the start of the game with Northwestern.
Zac Edwards has participated in basketball for eight years. He is a three-sport athlete who participates in baseball, cross country, is the class historian, student council activities co-ordinator, Varsisty "C" Club, Sargent at Arms, National Honor Society, CASD Middle States Committee Member and is involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions.
The student body Catty Crew came into the Parkland High School Gym en masse last Wednesday night before the semifinal District 11 2A boys basketball playoff with Williams Valley. They made their presence known right away.
The Roughies did the same, surprising Vikings head coach Dennis Kasper by playing up-tempo basketball and thumping the Vikings 84-56, who came from Western Schuylkill County sporting a 17-7 record.
Kasper said, "They (Catty) are the most athletic team we played all year."
Jarrid Strong (6 points), Brandon Purrone (10), Alex Parker (12), and Cody Brinkley (16) helped Catasauqua burst out to a 10-1 lead early in the first quarter, but turnovers and missed shots late, doomed the Roughies, and ended their season, in a 59-49 loss in the District 11 2A final against Notre Dame Green Pond last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.
You should have been here last week. That's usually what anglers hear, especially when ice fishing.
So was the case at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County where fishing was good while panfish action was fair at Lake Minsi in Northampton County two weeks ago.
The upcoming weeks' weather may just be the death knell to local ice fishing. With temps in the high 40s combined with rain, both may put a damper on ice conditions rendering them unsafe.
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Mike Conner welcomed the thought about having some extra time in his classroom after school this week.
It may not appear to be a monumental event, but it terms of his wrestling program, it was. For the first time in over 20 years, the Roughies will not have a representative in the PIAA Class 2A wrestling regionals at Wilson West Lawn High School this weekend.
Overall, the Roughies finished ninth in the tournament with 71.5 points in the 23-team field despite not having any qualifiers in the first three weight brackets.
Since we covered the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show, where new archery and hunting products debuted for the upcoming seasons in a previous column, here's what's new from the firearms oriented Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade (SHOT) show held last month in Vegas.
If anything, the Roughies were well-tested for their first appearance in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs in two years that began Wednesday night, after Press deadlines.
The Roughies, seated first, met fourth-seeded Williams Valley at Parkland High School in the semifinals of the District 11 Class 2A playoffs. Second-seeded Notre Dame met third-seeded North Schuylkill at Allen High School in the other semifinal Wednesday night. The winners will meet in the championship game Saturday night at a site to be determined.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Catasauqua Biddy basketball team ended its season with a scrimmage against Coplay recently.
Both teams played their hearts out as if they were in the seventh game of the NBA Finals. Lebron James, Michael Jordan and even the sweet-talking Charles Barkley could not match the talent and smoothness these young student-athletes possessed on the Coplay police station court.
The young Rough Riders were comprised of first and second graders from Scheckler Elementary and coached by former Catasauqua players Janice (Cesanek) Kovacs and Amy (Cesanek) Soltis.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder will bring his team back to district play for the first time in two years next week against Williams Valley, a team they haven't played in the postseason nor the regular season in the coach's 21 years at the reign of the program.
The Roughies (16-6) will begin the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoffs as the number one seed against fourth-seeded Williams Valley (17-6) Feb. 27 at a site yet to be determined. Second-seeded Notre Dame will battle third-seeded North Schuylkill in the other semifinal.