Saucon Valley girls basketball coach Craig Mogel used 11 players and eight of them scored in a 48-13 Colonial League victory over shorthanded Catty. The Panthers subbed freely and had fresh legs to the end.
Catty was missing starting point guard Olivia Falko (soccer commitment) and power forward Katie Buczynski, who suffered a concussion at Palisades last Friday night.
Over the past two seasons, the thought of the final few weeks of the season was a disrupting thought for the Catasauqua boys' basketball program.
Before the 2011-12 season, the Roughies qualified for the District 11 Class 2A playoffs, but they had a quick exit after a first-round game. Last year, Catty fell two games short of clinching a postseason berth.
This week, the Roughies began the week with an overall 8-6 mark and a 6-4 slate in the Colonial League. They had eight games remaining and need an overall .500 mark or one in their league mark to return to the postseason.
It was Catasauqua wrestling senior night last Wednesday and the match with rebuilding Northern Lehigh.
Senior 145 pounder Casey Simmons beginning the meet and wrestled like there was no tomorrow. Simmons won 10-4 over Nate Farber to set the tone and Catty cruised past the Bulldogs 45-19.
The Roughies rode hard over host Saucon Valley, 70-54, outscoring the Panthers 36-16 in the fourth frame. Catty actually trailed 23-19 at halftime in Lower Saucon.
Tony Brinkley was on fire again, being on the scoring end of junior point guard Brandon Purrone's passes. He finished with a game-high 23 points. Fellow senior Zac Edwards sank two threes to finish with 14.
For Saucon, Cameron Weeks drained 14 points. Keith Mosher swished two treys popping in 12 points.
Catasauqua heavyweight Jake Schlinkman believes his team's time has come in the Colonial League.
This season, the Roughies have thrust themselves into the spotlight of the league, most notably with a convincing 46-25 victory over Palmerton last Saturday. The victory brought them another step closer to a North Division title and berth in the Class 2A District Duals, both prominent team goals before the season.
There has been a predominant feeling in the wrestling room that they belong.
As a unit, they inconceivably may have among the most accumulated number of years combined as any coaching staff across the Lehigh Valley and the state.
As a staff, they have shared the unique bonds of player – coach and coach-coach that has expanded among several generations of Catasauqua football.
The Roughies' football staff is distinctive in its own manner, one that features three former head coaches – two former Catty field generals – and several members who have played for their current colleagues.
Catty celebrated a great win over Palmerton 46-25.
It was especially nice because the Bombers got their lineup back intact after the flu bug hit them for the Pen Argyl match that had to be delayed a day, causing a 58-9 loss to Pen Argyl.
Jared Nosal started it off with a tremendous win, 5-2 at 220, over Skyler Rosenberry. Rosenberry was coming off a pin victory against Pen Argyl.
At 285 senior Jacob Schlinkman hooked up in a battle with Andrew Strauss before losing by decision. Nick Mark won by forfeit at 106.
Catasauqua High School head girls basketball coach Chad Werkheiser summed things up in a nut shell Tuesday night.
"We have to work on not turning the ball over," he said. "We played against one of the best guards in the league."
Salisbury's 5-5 senior Megan Hrebik scored 17 points, had nine steals, five rebounds and two assists in a 62-27 Colonial League defeat of Catty. The Lady Roughies committed 19 turnovers.
Catty fell to Salisbury on the road Tuesday night, 52-32.
The Falcons won all four quarters, getting out to a 14-8 first quarter lead before leading at the half 30-16. The Roughs were held to just four points in the fourth.
Tony Brinkley led the way for Catty with eight. Alex Parker and Paryss Marshall each had seven.
The Falcons were led by the trio of Justin Aungst, Brad Vangeli and Dan Reichenbach. Aungst had a game-high 16 while Vangeli and Reichenbach combined for five threes and each scored 12 points.
These are busy times for Catasauqua's Samantha Schnabel.
When she isn't logging minutes for the Roughies' girls' basketball team this winter, Schnabel is involved in an indoor dance/rifle/flag ensemble that she has been a part of her life for the past nine years.
During the fall, Schnabel was a member of the Roughies marching band, an activity she has enjoyed for the past seven years. In her few minutes of spare time, Schnabel also has been involved with dance and its competitions since the seventh grade.