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.
Junior WR Chris Litzenberger of the Muhlenberg football team was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
To be named, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher and be a starter or key reserve on his team.
An accounting major, Litzenberger appeared in every game, including two starts, and totaled 10 receptions for 91 yards and a TD. The TD came against Dickinson en route to a 61-21 victory on the road.
Don't blame Catasauqua coach Eric Snyder if he had any doubts that Catty could come up with a victory against Northern Lehigh.
"We haven't beaten Northern Lehigh with this group in three years," Snyder said.
Alex Parker played a great game even with his man Josh Eden scoring 19 points.
"He made him work hard for all those points," Snyder said.
Catty prevailed 53-50 and improved to 3-1 in the Colonial League and 4-2 overall. Alex Parker and Brandon Purrone found the open Catty players.
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Chad Werkheiser knew it was going to happen soon.
Despite having his team begin the season with a 0-3 start with consecutive double-digit losses, Werkheiser maintained his ever-present positive attitude about the program and knew his club's first win was soon in the offing.
The Roughies quickly responded when they downed Lehighton, 36-29, Monday afternoon to notch their first win and snap a 29-game losing streak. Junior Katie Buczynski paced Catty (1-3) with 12 points and sophomore Shiloh Sziy added 10.
Bangor won its 34th out of 35th Colonial League games, 61-38, at Catasauqua High School on Tuesday night.
The Slaters and Roughies distributed the ball well, the difference was Catty only shot 20-percent in the first half and 30-percent overall.
Catty improved to 3-2 overall in wrestling after defeating Salisbury 54-15 to begin the Colonial League dual season last Wednesday at the Catasauqua High School Gym.
The match began at 120. A Falcon veteran, Nico Squarcia, faced Catty newcomer Kory Mindle, r a freshman, put his head in and got the pinfall in 35 seconds.
Spencer Phillips got a forfeit win at 126.
If you're like me and still have an unfilled buck tag, we'll get another shot at one during the late deer season that runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Of course you must use a bow or muzzleloader rifle in all parts of the state.
For those with unfilled antlerless tags, those may be used in the specific WMUs they were purchased for or, an antlerless deer may be taken anywhere with the general hunting license but that ends the deer hunting season for those who do.