Suburban Dart League
Dryland 10 5 .667
Salem UCC 8 4 .667
Star of Beth 8 4 .667
Emmanuel 11 7 .611
Light of Christ 11 7 .611
Bath Luth 8 7 .533
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 5 7 .417
St. Paul’s 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 5 13 .278
Farmersville 5 13 .278
Bath Luth at
Light of Christ 2-0, 0-10, 2-3
LC - Dan Halteman 7-13, Andy Mickelson 5-12, Charlie Mann 4-10, Rich Hasonich 4-13, double steal and stole home runs in game 2.
BL - HRs - Matt Ziegler, D.J. Stillwell, Jason Matula.
Recently, the 13 boys basketball coaches of the Colonial League announced the formation of the Colonial League Boys Basketball Coaches Association.
The main purpose of the newly-formed Association is to select an annual Boys Basketball All-Colonial League team at the end of each season.
“The decision to form this Association will help ensure our league’s best players are able to receive recognition for their on-court accomplishments,” said Ken Termini, head boys basketball coach at Palmerton Area High School, and the spokesperson for the new group.
Lexi Sheldon recalled being in seventh grade and watching her older sister, Bree, compete in a cross country meet.
The younger Sheldon knew then that she was hooked.
“It looked like fun and I wanted to do it,” said Sheldon. “My sister always has been a big motivator for me, and she has helped me through it.
“I always enjoyed running and it really has helped me get through everything.”
The second part of the small game season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 19) when squirrel, rabbit and grouse become legal game.
Of the trio, squirrels are the most plentiful and their sweet meat makes for excellent table fare be it in a stew, creamed or as a primary meat with mashed or sweet potatoes and a green vegetable or two.
As for rabbits, there are more of them in the city of Allentown and suburbs, than there are in area farmland fields and woodlots. And the reason for that are coyotes, foxes and great horned owls who keep their numbers there severely in check.
CATTY YOUTH UPDATE
In youth football action against Notre Dame, the Flags won 25-7. TD runs came from Brody Armbruster, Messiah Bonilla, and two by Eli Palowski. The Flags improved to 2-6.
The 100s won 12-0. TD runs by Cody Roth and Cole Swartz helped to lead the way as the team improved to 3-5.
The 120s won 25-0. Two TD passes came from Aiden Reilly to Hamaad Jenkins and two TD runs by Caiden Weaver also helped the Catty cause. The team is now 7-1.
For the Catasauqua football team, it wasn’t gaining the yardage, but it was ending with it.
The Roughies ran for 199 yards on the ground in their recent game against Notre Dame, but they couldn’t find the end zone in an eventual 42-0 loss to the Crusaders at Alumni Field.
Their defeat kept them winless (0-8) on the season.
“They finished their drives and we had ours ended with penalties and fumbles,” said Roughies ‘ head coach Mike McClarin. “We shot ourselves in the foot.
“They were a very big and athletic team and made some holes.”
Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.
Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.
Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.
With Week 9 on the horizon, here are this week’s picks.
1. Freedom (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.
They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.
Even though his team only had six wins, Catasauqua’s Joe Merkle was pleased with his season as well as his team’s.
“This was the best season for me,” said Merkle, a senior. “I thought that I had played better and we had more wins in a year than the past three years.
“We had more chemistry this year. That wasn’t there during the other years.”
Merkle also didn’t mind continuing his role as a leader on the team, as he served as a team captain for the second-straight season.
The Catty boys soccer team played a spirited second half against Palmerton last Thursday, drilling into the visitor’s lead to make it a one-goal game, but the Roughs comeback bid ultimately fell short, jeopardizing their chance for a district playoff berth.
Catasauqua was on the second night of back-to-back games, having lost a heartbreaker to Tamaqua the prior evening when the Raiders scored two goals in the final minutes to win, the game-winner coming with under a minute remaining.