It was refreshing to see Salem Christian High School and Catasauqua High join hands and say a prayer before their volleyball match last Friday afternoon.
Catty would sweep, thanks in part to some early errors. The first game had seven net balls for the Eagles.
Lauren Pluchinsky made two strong kill shots and Salem had three net balls and called a time out. But, Pluchinsky struck again and Samantha Schnabel added an ace and Catty was up 10-2.
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
Catty trailed Tamaqua 2-0 with 11:46 to play in the first half at Thomas Field last Saturday morning in a 10 a.m. game. The Blue Raiders are a proverbial District 11 participant and won 4-1.
"The Tamaqua game was much closer and much more open then the score would indicate," said head coach Mike Baclawski. "We played some of our best soccer, over longer periods of time this game. We were a bit more consistent in our play and we moved pretty well as a team. But it's the mistakes again."
In football circles, Catasauqua will be playing a possible "trap" game this weekend.
The high-riding Roughies who have easily disposed of their first three opponents notably outscoring them by a 126-14 margin will travel down to the southside of Allentown Friday night to tangle with Salisbury, which will bring an overall 1-2 record into the contest.
By most accounts, the Roughies will loom as likely favorites against Salisbury and the following week against Saucon Valley, which will enter this week with an overall 0-3 mark.
Catty doubled up the Lady Tigers in a 4-2 win to improve to 2-4-1.
It is a down year for the 0-5 Tigers, or perhaps fall soccer has done them in.
Paige Kogelman scored two, first half goals for Catty and Katie Buczynski got two, second half scores. Kogelman's first goal was unassisted. She carried the ball to the 25-yard line, brought it into the circle and placed a hard shot to the corner.
This season, Catasauqua head football coach Tom Falzone believes his club can answer their critics. The Roughies impressive 3-0 start has rocketed them into the limelight among some of the better teams in the Lehigh Valley and their start has taken the first steps in developing a new image.
"Every year, people say that Catasauqua might be the team to really make a difference," stated the four-year head coach. "This year, we have made people believe we can be that team. People are beginning to recognize that we can be a strong team throughout the entire season.
The Catasauqua (0-4 overall; 0-3 in Colonial League) girls soccer team was at a disadvantage even prior to last Thursday's contest against Salisbury (3-2 overall; 3-2 in Colonial League) at Alumni Field.
Not only did the Rough Riders have to contend with one of the league's top teams in the Falcons, but they would have to do so with a roster diminished because of injuries at a number of positions.
No lightning was flashing atop the Blue Mountain, but field hockey sticks were smashing in an exciting Colonial League opener for Pen Argyl and visiting Catasauqua last Friday.
The Catty girls would fall 2-1.
After dominating for the first ten minutes of the game, the Lady Rough Riders let a breakaway from Pen Argyl result in a Nicole Kocher goal. That made it 1-0 at the half.
Catty did a fine job of not causing corners, only giving up two in the game. But, the Green Knights scored again with 24:16 to go in the second half.
In the third game of the year last season, Catasauqua was deadlocked in a battle with winless Palisades at halftime as the Roughies had a slim 14-8 lead.
Then the collapse came.
Catasauqua scored 27 unanswered points from costly and sloppy turnovers in the third quarter and they went on to a 42-21 win. Palisades would later record its lone victory and finish with a reeling 1-9 record.
When they arrive at Alumni Field Friday night, Catasauqua will be in a similar situation. The Roughies have steamrolled their first two opponents, outscoring them by an 86-14 margin.
Catty volleyball fell to Pocono Mountain West in three games, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-16.
In the first game, Catasauqua engaged in a long volley for a 4-3 lead. Mona Dingh became frightening for the Lady Panthers at the net and was several inches taller than Samantha Schnabel.
A rally ensued again and Schnabel and Frederick were most engaged for Catty and made blocks for the Roughs. Net balls and Pocono's big three put Catty away, though.