Catasauqua Press

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Gerhard recalls wrestling at states

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When he was in third grade, Chris Gerhard remembered when he wanted to join the Boy Scouts.

His father, Ernie, thought otherwise.

“I came home from school and was excited about joining the Boy Scouts,” recalled Gerhard. “He told me that I wasn’t joining the Boy Scouts, but I was wrestling instead.

“That night, he dragged me and my brother Matt down to see John Stofko, who was the Midget wrestling coach. After I got started, I was really on the fence about it. I didn’t like guys grabbing and throwing me around. Once I got to high school, it was different.”

Outdoors: Tips for getting a boat loan

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you visited the recent Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, or traveled to Atlantic City for the gigantic Atlantic City Boat Show, and spied a boat rig you’d like to have, perhaps you may need to start shopping for a loan to finance it.

The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, urges boaters to be smart when it comes to financing a new or used boat. They offer three tips to help you avoid common problems when applying for a loan.

Roughies advance three

Friday, February 28, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Brett injured, unlikely to wrestle

After a successful regular season, Catasauqua’s wrestling team anticipates continuing their progress in the postseason.

Sophomore Jaryn Hartranft (103), junior Austin Brett (126), and senior Adam Reinhart (190) all were among the top-four finishers in their weight brackets at districts last weekend, and they will be advancing to the Class 2A Southeastern Regionals.

Hartranft (33-4) advanced to the finals and lost a 9-4 decision to Notre Dame’s Evan Maag, who beat him in the district final last year.

Outdoors: Trout stockings scheduled for March 3

Friday, February 28, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Perhaps it’s because we’ve had a mild winter so far, but trout anglers are getting the itch to fish. And if the weather holds, preseason trout stockings will get underway March 3 in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

As for the latter, Minsi Lake in Northampton County, is also on the schedule to be stocked since it was closed and drained for dam repairs in 2017. The dam work is completed and the lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout on March 24 ahead of the Regional Mentored Youth Day, according to the PF&BC.

Trades could impact LV

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The NHL trade deadline arrives on Monday. So, what does that have to do with the Phantoms? Possibly a lot.

When you make an addition via trade in sports, there’s a subtraction that goes with it and the subtraction could conceivably come from among the Phantoms roster. Of course, trades in the real sports world aren’t like the trades pulled off in the world of fantasy sports where “owners” just talk to a friend and work out some zillion-player blockbuster trade. In the real world, there are things like salary caps, player contracts and locker room chemistry.

Outdoors: A look at recent survey results

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Southwick Associates, the folks who do yearly surveys on hunting and fishing preferences, has released their recent Fall Hunter/Shooter Survey showing the most popular hunting, shooting equipment purchases by sportsmen and sports gals, and the species they pursued.

The panel, composed of hunters and shooters from across the country who volunteer to participate, track hunter/shooter participation and purchases.

Catasauqua wrestling program looks to be building strong roots

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the years, Catasauqua’s wrestling program has been successful due to a number of reasons.

However, one major one has been their feeder system. The Rough Riders’ junior high program recently again proved its worth.

Catty placed five wrestlers among the top four in their respective weight classes in the Colonial League Junior High tournament.

Ready for a Challenge Zach Scheirer is preparing for another battle, hoping for a long run in the postseason

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As he enters districts this week, Catasauqua senior Zach Scheirer realizes the challenges ahead as he will try to make it an eventful run.

Off the mat, however, Scheirer already has endured the rigors of working toward a gold medal.

He recently was named the school football scholar-athlete to be honored at the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Dinner in Northampton March 1.