In all likelihood, Catasauqua's boys' basketball team will be seeing a mirror image of itself when they begin PIAA District 11 Class 2A district play in two weeks.
The Roughies, who finished with an overall 16-6 and rode a nine-game winning streak, loom as the likely team to meet Williams Valley (17-5) in the semifinal round of district play that begins Feb. 27. Since only four teams qualified, Catty currently holds the number one seed in Class 2A.
For the next few weeks, Catasauqua's wrestling program will be dealing with the proverbial waiting game.
In recent weeks, the Roughies achieved a major team goal by reaching the Colonial league team championships as well as the District 11 Class 2A dual championships, the latter resulting in a 56-13 defeat to Saucon Valley after a loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the Colonial League final rounds. Catty advanced to meet Saucon Valley after they defeated North Schuylkill, 33-31, behind Devon Green's clinching fall at 132 pounds in the second-last match of the night.
The stands were full of fans from four high schools for the Colonial League Wrestling Championship, but the presence of the Catty Crew wasn't heard. Pen Argyl ended up with a 43-21 win over Catty in the semifinals of the Colonial League playoffs.
The meet began at 132 with Steve Burresci edging Jacob Rusnock 3-2. Burresci got an early headlock on Rusnock and while Rusnock had the Green Knight in trouble, Burresci had to front bridge up to hold onto the win.
Jake Holden pinned Catty freshman Devin Greene in 2:18 for a 9-0 Pen Argyl advantage.
Freshmen Devin Greene was the hero for the wrestling Roughs at Freedom last Friday in the District 11 2A team duals. Catty, the number seven seed, beat 10-seed North Schuylkill, 33-31.
Greene cranked a headlock on Justin Rodriguez and converted it into a pin at 1:23. By virtue of Green's victory, Catty won and got to wrestle Colonial League champion Saucon Valley in the next round.
Saucon would roll to victory over the Roughies before getting pounded by Bethlehem Catholic in the finals. Both teams moved on to the state duals in Hershey.
The Catasauqua boys can still get in the Colonial League playoffs, but they need help.
Catty took care of business Tuesday night with a win over Northern Lehigh (see below) to stay alive. Catasauqua and Salisbury are currently tied for the second wild card spot in the Colonial League.
Wilson won the Colonial League South Division with a 63-50 win over Salisbury Tuesday night. The Warriors (14-1, 20-1) are the number one seed for the Colonial League Tournament. Notre Dame of Green Pond clinched one wild card spot Tuesday night with a 67-34 win over Palisades.
At Catty High Bangor fans had over 1,000 reasons to be happy about. Senior Morgan McCollian scored 13 points in the first quarter. the blonde-haired senior hit her 1,000 point with 2;36 to play in the first period. six seconds later Sammie Schnabel scored Catty's first two points of the game sinking two free throws. The Lady Slaters went on to win 44-20 last Thursday and Catty High got the word that Katie Buczynski, a junior power forward who could also run the point is lost for the year due to a concussion suffered in the Palisades game.
On and off the court, Catasauqua's Shiloh Sziy continues to experience life in a different ways. However, Sziy is growing at a pace only she can appreciate, one that has been already developed in the family.
This winter, she has established herself as a shining post presence in the Roughies' basketball program after a season in which she chose to be in the shadows. Sziy has also been a major contributor in Catty's field hockey and softball programs as well as finding some time to also develop a career as a school cheerleader.
Catty used a big first quarter to cruise to a 68-46 victory against Pen Argyl Tuesday night to improve to 12-6 overall this season.
The Roughs jumped out to a 28-10 lead after the first quarter and then came out strong in the second half winning the third quarter 23-13. It all led to a 62-35 advantage heading into the final frame.
The trio of Tony Brinkley, Alex Parker and Jarrid Strong paved the way in the victory. Brinkley and Parker each went for 15 points while Strong added 14. Parker hit two threes as part of his scoring night.
The girls from Bethlehem's Moravian Academy came to Catasauqua last Wednesday night and rained on the Lady Rough Riders.
Ashley Blair hit a pro three-pointer with seven ticks left on the clock to decide the game, 32-29. Catty had one last chance and threw up a more than half court prayer that didn't go in with 1.7 seconds left.
Another tale of the tape was the Lady Lions going 7-for-9 from the foul line. Blair led all scorers with 14 points, and hit two big three pointers, three in all, as Moravian had five total from beyond the three-point arc.
After college, Paryss Marshall wants to become an anchor/writer for ESPN. Until then, however, Marshall may have plenty of his own highlights to watch.
The Catasauqua junior recently finished a highly successful football season that ended in the District 11 Class 2A championship game. Even though the Roughies weren't successful in the contest, the wide receiver/defensive back had a hallmark season with 44 receptions for 900 yards and tied teammate Alex Brown with 13 touchdown receptions.