Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team needed a win, especially a character one. Four straight losses could have spun them further down the cycle in the final stage of their season.
Tuesday night at Salisbury, fate shined on the Rough Riders.
After they battled the Falcons throughout the first half, the Roughies had control most of the second half before they hung on for a 39-36 victory.
With the win, the Roughies raised their overall record to 3-10, while Salisbury (0-15) remained winless on the season.
The Catty boys basketball team has seen an up and down week since last Monday’s 66-62 win over Northern Lehigh.
But it’s also been a symbol of their season, as the Roughs sit at 6-8 overall and 5-5 in the Colonial League as of Wednesday. Their most recent game was a close loss to Salisbury at home in what was a back and forth game.
For Shaziya Roberts, it has been all about confidence. The kind of confidence that has helped her shake her timidity and blossom into a team captain this winter.
The Catasauqua senior forward/center played basketball for the first time in sixth grade and then again in eight grade, but she admittedly was apprehensive about moving ahead to high school.
In fact, basketball appeared not to be a major priority. It was a sport that she played on the organized and competitive front for only two years before high school
During his current senior season, Jacob Smith has come to cherish his moments on the football field and basketball court.
When the football season began, Smith didn’t envision being there. In the summer, he initially decided not to go out for the team. Smith left the school before Thanksgiving last year for Allentown Central Catholic and returned shortly after Christmas.
Suburban Dart League
Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.
Although we’re finally getting some below freezing temperatures, safe ice fishing is still some cold days away. And what seems like far too many rainy days, also prevents anglers to walk on water.
But as happens every year at this time, ice fishermen have to travel to the Poconos to find hard water. Places like Shohola, Promised Land, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Fairview lakes usually freeze first.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are hoping that they’ve reached rock bottom and that things won’t get any worse than they are right now.
The team sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Division after a stretch of 12 games that saw them pick up just two wins and score 16 goals to lose five straight games. The team endured a second straight shutout – and their fifth this season - in Laval on Friday night.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team continues its slow assault toward a potential successful postseason.
The Rough Riders took third place overall from a field of eight team at the recent Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School.
It marked the third impressive tournament showing for the Roughies, who finished third at their own tournament and fourth at the Jim Thorpe tournament. They also have a 2-1 record in dual meets this season.
Head coach Joe Russo has watched his club grow throughout the year.
Chris Bigras isn’t exactly a household name with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but his second goal of the season was a big one.
It wasn’t a game-winner or a milestone, but it did launch an eruption of over 10,000 teddy bears onto the ice at the PPL Center as part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event collects stuffed animals of every size and variety for children in need.
The animals are then collected and distributed throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.
The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.