Editor's note: Wednesday's game with Pine Grove takes place after Catasauqua Press deadlines.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley admittedly didn't know much about Pine Grove when they the two teams met late Wednesday afternoon in an opening round District 11 Class 2A playoff game.
"We really didn't know much about them," said the third -year head coach. "We didn't have any common opponents and we tried to track down some info about them. But, sometimes, it might be better if you don't know too much.
The long drought is over.
Catasauqua High School has been crowned Colonial League Champions for the first time since 1981.
"It's an awesome feeling to say we're the champs," said Janae Matos.
Catty knocked off Pen Argyl 6-0 last Thursday at Patriots Park in Allentown to bring home the gold after a 32-year wait.
Sophomore chucker Alexis Ayache spun a four-hitter at Pen Argyl in the 7 p.m. night cap to claim the title.
The Catasauqua softball team captured the Colonial League title with a 6-0 win over Pen Argyl on Thursday night at Patriots Park.
The Roughies scored early with three in the top of the first, and then Alexis Ayache took over from there allowing only four hits and no runs. She added three strikeouts while walking two.
Erika Lebron, Shea O'Brien and Janae Matos all drove in two runs each. Hannah Edwards scored two runs and had three hits and two steals. Lebron and O'Brien each had two hits and Paige Kogelman scored twice in the victory.
Paige Kogelman, who went a perfect 4-for-4 against Palmerton in the Colonial League semifinals on Tuesday night at Patriots Park, was elated after a convincing 15-4 win.
"We did everything together," Kogelman said. "We started off tonight a little rocky. We have all been working hard all year."
Catty ended a 10-game winning streak for Palmerton and improved to 16-5 overall. The girls will meet division nemesis Pen Argyl, which got by Notre Dame of Green Pond 4-2 in the other semifinal game.
Catty High tamed the Tigers of Northwestern 8-1 last week and it was the first time Catty qualified for the Colonial League playoffs. CHS won a Colonial League title in the 80s before the playoff format went into effect.
Head Coach Thomas said, "I am extremely proud of the girls. The kids were in a rut in the middle of the season. I'm excited for everyone on the team."
In their past four regular season games, Catasauqua's softball team amassed a total of 52 runs as they finished with an overall 15-5 record and punched their ticket for the first time to the Colonial League playoffs.
In their semifinal game against top-seeded Palmerton Tuesday night at Patriots Park, the fourth-seeded Roughies still didn't miss a beat as they thumped the Blue Bombers 15-4 in a shortened five-inning contest due to the 10-run rule. The victory bolstered the Roughies into league final Thursday night against Pen Argyl also at Patriots' Park.
Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.
A lightning delay that lasted over three hours, as well as what Anthony Brinkley described as a "splitting headache" prior to the 800 run of last week's Colonial League Meet, didn't stop the Catasauqua senior from having one of the best races of his career.
During the second day of last week's meet held at Whitehall High School's Sports Complex, the event resumed around 9:30 p.m. after numerous lightning strikes were visible in the sky. The delay, though, didn't seem to affect Brinkley one bit.
Catasauqua head coach Steve Bradley and his club quickly discovered it wasn't going to be their day Tuesday afternoon at Limeport Stadium.
Making their first Colonial league playoff appearance since 2001, the third-seeded Roughies fell behind early against the second-seeded Southern Lehigh and never recovered as they suffered a 14-4 defeat. Catty (12-9 overall, 10-6 league) will now wait until the District 11 playoffs get underway next week.
With the gluttony of football camps available to high school players and the growing importance of position specific drills to football coaches at the higher levels, Jason Brader thinks he's filled a need.
Brader, the owner FASST Performance in Quakertown, is holding a camp on May 18 from 10am-3pm at the Bethlehem Steelers Youth Field off Schoenersville Rd. in Bethlehem.