Catasauqua’s early cross country returns can be a successful run for the Roughie harriers throughout the season.
The Roughies’ girls squad took second place in the class A bracket of the Moravian Academy Invitational Aug. 30 to begin the season.
Junior Lexi Rushatz topped the field for Catty with a 12th-place finish from the 109-girl field. Overall, the Roughies finished seventh as a team.
“The girls are off to a great start,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “They ran really hard and we have a strong nucleus overall.
Last season, Catasauqua’s Maddie Hicks was named as the Colonial League first team goalkeeper, as he has a banner year with 178 saves.
However, she admittedly wasn’t expecting it.
“My coach pulled me aside to tell me,” said Hicks. “I didn’t have any clue that I would be mentioned. I was so surprised, and I didn’t expect it at all.
“It felt really great being recognized by other players and coaches for what I was able to do for the team. I definitely hope I can continue to do it this year.”
So far, she has.
We have a new team at the top of the poll following Nazareth’s 35-33, thrilling win over Freedom last Friday night.
It was one of the best high school games the area has seen in a while and now the Blue Eagles have the task of upholding their status at the top by hosting Bethlehem Catholic Friday night. It could mark back-to-back weeks where Nazareth is involved in the top contest in the area and those things tend to happen when you have the best quarterback in the region with Anthony Harris under center.
The Moravian College football team held a lead through most of the first half and the majority of the fourth quarter until visiting McDaniel College scored its only touchdown of the game with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 13-10 victory over the host Greyhounds at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday in the Centennial Conference opener for each school.
The Hounds dropped their first home game of the season as the squad turned the ball over seven times and had a punt blocked while still having the lead late into the fourth.
Area players who stood out were:
With an increasing number of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) cases occurring within certain areas of Pennsylvania’s deer herd, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is soliciting input from sportsmen on a response plan before more areas are affected.
To date the CWD has designated three CWD areas: Disease Management Area 3 (DMA3), encompasses WMU 2E and includes parts Jefferson and Indiana counties; DMA2, the largest of the affected areas, covers WMUs 4B, 4A, 5A and parts of 2G and 4D; DMA4 covers Lebanon, parts of Lancaster and Berks counties.
Catasauqua had its first win of the season in its sights when it trailed winless Palisades 13-0 at halftime at Alumni Field last Friday night. They had intercepted a pass late in the half that gave them some momentum.
Unfortunately, the Roughies (0-4) quickly lost their focus.
Palisades (1-3) erupted with 29 unanswered points after halftime and cruised to a 42-0 victory at Alumni Field.
Suburban Dart League
Bath Luth 5 1 .833
Salem UCC 4 2 .667
St. Stephen’s 2 1 .667
Star of Beth 2 1 .667
Farmersville 3 3 .500
Dryland 3 3 .500
Ebenezer 3 3 .500
Emmanuel 3 3 .500
Light of Christ 2 4 .333
St. Paul’s 2 4 .333
Christ UCC 1 5 .167
St. Paul’s (5-4) at St. Stephen’s (2-0, 1-0)
SS - Dave Blaukovitch 6-12, Jon Hoysan 4-12 HR, Gary Buczynski 4-12, Nathan Naprava HR.
SP - Bret Remel 5-13, Rich Kern 5-13, Jen Erkinger 5-12.
Bath Luth (4-1, 2-0, 11-4) at Christ UCC
CATTY 120S IMPROVE TO 3-1
Catasauqua’s flag football team beat Palisades 28-19 for their first win of the year and they now stand at 1-3 on the season. Catty got runs from Austin Younes, Austin Delgado, Eli Palowski and Brody Armbruster.
The 100s lost a close game Palisades, 13-12. Two TD runs came from Cody Rothy and Cole Swartz in the loss and the 100s are now 1-3 on the season.
The Catty cross country team ran at Salisbury last week.
The girls picked up two wins on the day, beating Northern Lehigh 26-30 and Palmerton 24-31. The team fell to Northwestern 20-39.
The Northwestern boys and girls teams both finished 4-1 in the Colonial League meet.
Catty’s Lexi Rushatz was fourth overall in the girls race with a time of 20:50.43. Reagan Pender of the Bulldogs had a winning time of 19:04.32. Catty’s top boy finisher was Cole Brown who was 25th with a time of 19:30.39.
About 10 minutes before kickoff at Pen Argyl Saturday, Catasauqua head football coach Mike McClarin finally learned that starting senior quarterback Adam Reinhart wouldn’t be available due to a probable bout of mononucleosis.
Freshman Christian Fye literally got a last-minute nod to step under center, and he did a credible job in the team’s 49-6 defeat to the previous winless host Green Knights (1-2) last Saturday afternoon.