Catasauqua head wrestling coach Mike Conner has yet to find his perfect lineup this season, but he hasn't been disappointed in his team's results.
The Roughies recently competed in a tournament in Hamburg over the weekend in which they faced teams in both Class AA and AAA categories. Perennially recognized as a difficult tournament, Catty came away with an overall 3-2 mark in five matches.
They're like snowflakes high in the sky. And if there are a thousand of them, they resemble a blizzard.
What I speak of are snow geese. They usually fly 3000 miles from their breeding grounds on the tundra to the Lehigh Valley around this time of year. They customarily put down on local mine holes like the one in Fogelsville, Whitehall or Northampton, or, lakes like Ontelaunee and Minsi.
The Catasauqua High School wrestling team finished 3-2 on the day at the Berwick Duals.
Rhaine Sziy dominated the 182 division, going 5-0, and remains unbeaten at 17-0 so far this season. In addition to his hard work with assistant coach and CHS strength coach Joe Stofko, Sziy has been trained by Walt Finkbeiner of Hellertown, who was entered to the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame back in 2011 as an arm wrestler, Saucon Valley youth wrestling coach and all-around weight trainer for Saucon Valley athletes.
For Katie Buczynski, it has been a bittersweet season.
The Catasauqua junior forward recently helped her team snap a 29-game losing streak and then soon followed it with a victory over Northern Lehigh. It marked the first time Catty won as many as two games in a season since the 2008-09 campaign.
Yet, Buczynski, who has been the team's leading scorer and rebounder, isn't totally satisfied with her team's 2-6 start.
Jarrid Strong was determined to help his team beat Northampton in the annual recent hardwood matchup between neighboring schools.
Strong arguably did his part as he scored a season-high 18 points, but Catasauqua couldn't close the gap in a close 54-52 defeat to the Konkrete Kids. Northampton took a page from the football rivalry between the two as they registered their second consecutive victory in as many years, the same trait that has followed the football battle won by Catasauqua the past two seasons.
Anthony Brinkley has accomplished some special feats this year with a third – place finish in the Colonial League Cross Country championship and a first and third – place finish respectively in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Colonial League Track and Field Championships. But he recently notched a unique achievement on the basketball court.
Three time Olympian and professional volleyball player Tayyiba Haneef-Park appeared in Catasauqua at a volleyball clinic hosted by Barry Lovelace, owner of the Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in the former Lincoln Gym in Catasauqua.
Haneef-Park, a 6-7 outside hitter/ opposite who recently played in her third Olympics this past summer in London, used Lovelace's training as part of her workout program.
The S & S girls of Catty High School hoops did a job underneath in a 40-34 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh on Dec. 20.
Catty has now won a nonleague and a league game so far this season. Senior center Samantha Schnabel paced all scorers with 12 points. Strong forward sophomore Shiloh Sziy scored 10 points to help lead the way.
Junior Janae Matos was the third Lady Roughie to score in double digits with 10.
With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons now over, Lehigh Valley sportsmen may be wondering how it went. According to local deer processors and a taxidermist, the numbers are about the same as last year, perhaps a tad off.
While many nice, heavily tined bucks were taken, overall numbers appear to be down ever slightly.
The Rough Riders hosted the 1-0 Notre Dame of Green Pond at the Catasauqua Gym last Wednesday, and Catty improved to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial League with a 45-33 win.
The 160 pounders began the action as Rough Rider Zack Bradley met Dean Fedrezzi with an ankle sweep. The junior achieved waist control and worked up went heavy on the head and turned Fedrezzi for a pin at 1:07.