Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder didn't see it coming.
His team entered the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championship game against Notre Dame with a 10-game winning streak, the latest triumph a convincing 84-56 thumping over Williams Valley three days earlier in a district semifinal.
In the 59-49 loss to Notre Dame in the district final, the Roughies apparently wasted too many opportunities as well as creating some missed ones.
Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley. Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball. The banquet will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales end Monday, March 18.
Perhaps the PF&BC's trout stocking that got underway last week may be the first sign of spring.
With the trout season opening here in the Southeast Region on March 30, Lee Creyer, Lehigh County Waterways Conservation Officer, has begun stocking local streams with a portion of the 1.84 million trout allocated for state waters.
So far, Cedar Creek in Allentown, Laurel Run in the
Seven senior Catasauqua High School boys basketball players were honored by the Booster Club, prior to the start of the game with Northwestern.
Zac Edwards has participated in basketball for eight years. He is a three-sport athlete who participates in baseball, cross country, is the class historian, student council activities co-ordinator, Varsisty "C" Club, Sargent at Arms, National Honor Society, CASD Middle States Committee Member and is involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions.
The student body Catty Crew came into the Parkland High School Gym en masse last Wednesday night before the semifinal District 11 2A boys basketball playoff with Williams Valley. They made their presence known right away.
The Roughies did the same, surprising Vikings head coach Dennis Kasper by playing up-tempo basketball and thumping the Vikings 84-56, who came from Western Schuylkill County sporting a 17-7 record.
Kasper said, "They (Catty) are the most athletic team we played all year."
Jarrid Strong (6 points), Brandon Purrone (10), Alex Parker (12), and Cody Brinkley (16) helped Catasauqua burst out to a 10-1 lead early in the first quarter, but turnovers and missed shots late, doomed the Roughies, and ended their season, in a 59-49 loss in the District 11 2A final against Notre Dame Green Pond last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.
You should have been here last week. That's usually what anglers hear, especially when ice fishing.
So was the case at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County where fishing was good while panfish action was fair at Lake Minsi in Northampton County two weeks ago.
The upcoming weeks' weather may just be the death knell to local ice fishing. With temps in the high 40s combined with rain, both may put a damper on ice conditions rendering them unsafe.
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Mike Conner welcomed the thought about having some extra time in his classroom after school this week.
It may not appear to be a monumental event, but it terms of his wrestling program, it was. For the first time in over 20 years, the Roughies will not have a representative in the PIAA Class 2A wrestling regionals at Wilson West Lawn High School this weekend.
Overall, the Roughies finished ninth in the tournament with 71.5 points in the 23-team field despite not having any qualifiers in the first three weight brackets.
Since we covered the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show, where new archery and hunting products debuted for the upcoming seasons in a previous column, here's what's new from the firearms oriented Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade (SHOT) show held last month in Vegas.
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.