Years ago, the great John Facenda, the voice of NFL Films, used his legendary voice to refer to “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field,” as he talked about the Green Bay Packers and their historic field. It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears took to the ‘frozen tundra of Hersheypark Stadium’ recently, with Lehigh Valley skating to a 5-2 win over Hershey.
For Cullen Bond, basketball is a family thing.
More importantly, it is life.
Bond is one of three brothers who have played in the Roughies’ program. In his senior season, Bond is enjoying the fruits of the Roughies’ strong season.
It has been a time of the present and the past.
“We expected to have a good season,” said Bond, who is a 6-3 post player. “We had a bad loss to start the season against Nazareth, but then we bounced back with a big win over Notre Dame.
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team is experiencing one of its better seasons in recent years, as the Roughies are on top of the Colonial League Western Division and have clinched a district playoff spot.
Yet, head coach Eric Snyder realizes there are still some obstacles ahead.
“We have to get our scoring back,” said Snyder. “We have been getting scoring from a number of people, but teams have been scouting us and making adjustments. We have to start shooting more.
“We have done a nice job, but we still have some tough games ahead.”
Mark your calendar for Feb. 3-11, the dates for the largest consumer outdoors show in the world.
The Great American Outdoor Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and it’s the most comprehensive outdoor show you’ll ever attend. For us folks here in the Southeast, we refer to this extravaganza as “the Harrisburg show” because it’s been well known over the years and there’s none like it or even comes close to it.
The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.
Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.
The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer beater to send the CHS Gymnasium into a frenzy.
Then the halftime whistle blew.
Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.
The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.
It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.
Catasauqua edged Palmerton 42-37 in a Colonial League wrestling match from last week.
The Rough Riders took advantage of four, forfeit wins, but also came up with three pins in the victory.
The Bombers actually started the match winning five of the first six bouts, which started at 126, to take a 29-6 lead. Tyler Melendez was the lone winner in that span, winning by forfeit at 132.
According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.
Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team will look to their final chapter on the season as a possible building block for the future as well as looking to pick up some victories along the way.
The Roughies took their first step when they ended a six-game losing streak Monday night with a 41-30 victory at Pen Argyl. It was their first win since they won the opening game over Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the Wilson Tournament Dec. 27.
The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.
Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.