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.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is having the Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.
The speaker this year is Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.
The following are this year's nominees from the Colonial League:
Zachary Barry Stopay
For the first time ever, seven Division I head football coaches will be guest speakers at the NIKE Eastern Pennsylvania Coach of the Year Clinic.
Scheduled from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, the clinic will include not only the Division I head coaches, but other college coaches and assistants, as well as prominent high school coaches.
Between spots, Zack Bradley admittedly doesn't have much time for many other activities. A three-sport standout at Catasauqua, Bradley, however, has managed his time on the fields and mats well.
But he just doesn't allow himself to be totally satisfied.
This weekend, the junior will be among a host of Roughies who will enter the PIAA District 11 Class 2A wrestling tournament. Bradley will enter the 160-pounds weight class with an overall 27-6 record, easily placing him among the top 10 grapplers in his class.
Yet, Bradley won't allow himself to become complacent.
The Northwestern Lehigh game, even though it was Senior Night and moved up to Thursday night because of the impending snow storm, was a bit lethargic and lacked energy and intensity during the first half.
Despite that, the Roughies were able to overcome a slow start to win their ninth-straight game 52-44.
"The gym was very quiet, Northwestern controlled the ball with a slow and deliberate tempo, and we were not taking advantage of our scoring opportunities, thus the 22-14 halftime score," Snyder said.
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.