On Thursday night at Catasauqua High School the Rough Rider’s girls basketball team looked to pick up their second win of the season against the visiting Lions of Moravian Academy.
The task proved to be too tall as the presence of Moravian Academy’s 6-4 center Maya Ettle presented an insurmountable matchup problem, especially for Madison Hicks on the opening tip.
Head coach Mark Seremula thought the Roughs acquitted themselves well.
If the Phantoms New Year’s resolution was to come out of the gate hot in 2019, consider their resolution to have been shorter than most of us who resolved to lose weight this year. Since putting new calendars on the wall, Lehigh Valley is 1-5-0-0 and have lost six of seven games. In those games, the Phantoms have been outscored 27-15 and have dropped to a fourth-place tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Most players have rolled out the usual excuses – call-ups, injuries, etc. - but can we talk about the elephant in the room?
Through their first nine games, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team has experienced its share of growing pains.
The Roughies have been in their share of games this winter, but their lack of experience hasn’t allowed them to close the door. As a result, Catty has struggled with an overall 1-8 mark, its lone win at Pen Argyl (51-40) Dec. 17.
“We play hard, but we eventually run out of gas,” said head coach Eric Snyder. “We shoot ourselves in the foot with unforced turnovers.
“One of our big faults is missing very makable shots.”
The Catasauqua Rough Riders boys basketball team was looking to get its second win of the season when the Wilson Warriors visited Catty High School last Thursday.
However, Wilson used its size advantage and a trapping defense to come away with the victory, 80-53.
The Roughs started strong, jumping out to a 10-4 lead midway through the first quarter. However, a 13-point Warriors’ run put the visitors up by seven. The teams exchanged a few points and the first period ended 21-15 in favor of Wilson.
Consider that you lose your job and have to tell your wife. That’s not fun. Now, consider that you’re going to have to tell your wife that because you lost your job, you have to move from Idaho to Quad City, Illinois for another job.
Then after one day at work, you’re again let go and now have to move 978 miles to Manchester, New Hampshire. Then, just a few weeks later, good news; sort of. You weren’t fired, but you’ve been “transferred” to Reading, Pennsylvania. So, with three pretty substantial moves in three months, how happy is your wife?
Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.
Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
With some momentum behind them in recent weeks, Catasauqua’s wrestling team is looking toward a strong second-half finish.
The Roughies began the year by placing fourth in their own tournament in early December, having Jaryn Hartranft (106), Austin Brett (120), and Adam Reinhart (182) finishing as runners-up in their respective weight classes. Overall, seven wrestlers placed in the tournament.
Brett, a sophomore who was 11-7 last season with a fourth-place finish in districts, sees plenty of promise ahead.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 32 13 .711
St. Paul’s 25 14 .641
Bath Lutheran 25 17 .595
Christ UCC 23 19 .548
Dryland 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Farmersville 19 23 .452
St. Stephen’s 20 25 .444
Ebenezer 20 25 .444
Light of Christ 16 26 .381
Salem UCC 13 29 .310
In her last season, Allanah George is enjoying the moments.
With a full slate of athletics, academics, and commitments, George makes the most of them.
“I think we are all enjoying this year than the previous ones,” said George, a senior. “The practices are very competitive and it has been a good year in many ways.
“A lot has changed with the program for the better.”
George, who is one of five seniors on the team, hasn’t placed all of the emphasis on winning games, as the Roughies entered the holiday break with an overall 1-6 mark.