For Paige Kogelman, fate appeared to be in the mix.
Hearing some scuttlebutt about the head softball coach opening at Catasauqua, Kogelman had a chance meeting with Roughies’ athletic director Tom Moll.
From there, the 2013 Catty graduate and former softball standout knew she would be headed back to help the Brown and White.
“I heard about the opening for a while,” said Kogelman. “I knew there still was a need for a head coach. I ran into [Tom] Moll and we started talking about it.
Kenzie Bradley always has accepted a challenge and made the most of it.
While at Catasauqua, Bradley was a successful three-sport athlete, initially in basketball, field hockey and softball, and in the latter shelving softball for track. She has been repeatedly referred to as one of the most talented athletes to wear the Brown and White over the last 20 years.
It was in track where she arguably reached her pinnacle.
They needed these!
After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.
Nathan Rosahac prides himself on working hard on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
The Jim Thorpe senior was recognized for his efforts Sunday night.
Rosahac was honored at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Awards banquet, winning the Albert M. Beneck Memorial Scholarship as the top scholar athlete.
If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.
If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
The latest bump in the road for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is turning into more of a complete and total car-consuming sinkhole in the road. The team broke a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 win over Utica, after which a brawl broke out as the teams headed for their respective locker rooms. That show of testosterone may have been just the thing to spark the Phantoms, but unfortunately, they came back Sunday and lost to Bridgeport.
A huge opportunity is knocking for Pennsylvania’s student archers, say the folks from the National Archery in Schools Program.
The 2019 NASP state tournament is set to be held Friday, March 8 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania, according to NASP.
Individuals and teams have all shot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held over the last few months. The top-scoring teams and individuals have earned an invite to the state championships.
For Jaryn Hartranft and Austin Brett, it was all about the experience.
The Catasauqua duo had their initial experience in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School last weekend.
Hartranft, a freshman in the 106-pound bracket, finished a win away from qualifying for the state tournament.
He began the regional Friday by beating Eric Howe of Lancaster Catholic, 7-6, in the opening round. Hartranft then suffered a tough, 1-0 defeat to Eric Alderfer of Faith Christian.
Jaryn Hartranft never has been on the big stage due to fate.
He figured it was about time to finally take the next step.
“In junior high, I always made it to the semifinals and lost,” said the freshman. “I finally broke the semis curse and made it to something bigger than that.”
Her certainly did.
Hartranft and Austin Brett both advanced to the finals of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A tournament at Freedom High School last weekend.