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.
A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their year on Thanksgiving.
A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids season.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
For the eight seniors on the Catasauqua football team this past fall, beating Northampton probably tasted better than their anticipated Thanksgiving Dinner.
For seniors Eric Matz, and Zach Stopay, the victory probably felt better than a few slices of pumpkin pie after the turkey.
The trio played a significant role in the Roughies' 52-23 rout of Northampton on Thanksgiving morning. In their final high school football game, each one again excelled like they have throughout their team's miraculous 12-1 run this past fall.
After a possible team-shattering loss in the Class 2A district final a week earlier, Catasauqua's football team went back to business again.
Having a 10-point lead at halftime over archrival Northampton in their traditional Thanksgiving morning tilt, the Roughies exploded for 29 unanswered points in a 52-21 romp over the Konkrete Kids before a standing-room-only crowd at Alumni Field.
With the win, the Roughies finished with a 12-1 mark, tying the school record for victories set in 1991.
Zack Bradley has some vivid memories about a Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton two year ago. More precisely, some cold ones that quickly conjured thoughts of a warm dinner ahead.
"It was the game that it snowed and we all expected rain," said the junior quarterback. "I remember having snow down the back of my neck the whole game and thinking about being home soon.
"Basically, it is a game of pride, and mainly it is a good send off for our seniors."
When Catasauqua took the field last Saturday night at Alumni Field against Pen Argyl in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championship game, it has been exactly 371 days - over one year - since they lost their last football game.
That game was a wild 33-32, double-overtime loss to Tamaqua in an opening round Eastern Conference playoff game in the same field. Since then, they started a 12-game winning streak that began with a victory over Northampton last Thanksgiving morning that snapped an eight-game losing streak against their neighbors.