Catasauqua Press

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Catty baseball gets what it needed

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Catasauqua, they got one that was desperately needed.

Derek Troxell’s walkoff single to right field was the final piece of a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Roughies to a 7-6 win over Northern Lehigh Tuesday afternoon.

The victory gave the Roughies an overall 5-11 mark and kept their postseason hopes alive.

Jayden June had three of Catty’s 12 hits, and Cam Ritter went 2-for-3 and knocked in a pair of runs. Corey Raysely went 2-for-4, and Zach Bilder was 2-for-3. June had an RBI-triple in the seventh, and Ritter had a key squeeze bunt.

Outdoors: antlerless deer licenses to increase

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to the 2018-19 hunting/trapping seasons, and a lot more.

The first bit of news is that the agency increased the antlerless deer allocation from 804,000 licenses last season, to 838,000 for the upcoming seasons.

Locally, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 5C remained the same at 70,000. Other local WMUs include: 5B, 58,000 (57,000); 5D, 28,000 (30,000).

EPC standings

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Skyline Division

Team Conf Over

Parkland 9-1 10-1

Emmaus 8-2 11-2

Central 6-4 8-5

Nazareth 5-4 5-8

Whitehall 3-5 5-6

Northampton 3-7 6-8


Easton 10-1 10-1

Freedom 7-3 9-5

Liberty 6-3 9-3

Becahi 4-6 6-6

Dieruff 2-8 2-11

Allen 1-9 2-10


Stroudsburg 7-2 8-5

Pleasant Vy. 5-4 7-5

PM East 4-3 6-4

ES South 2-7 3-10

PM West 1-7 2-9

ES North 0-7 0-8



Parkland 10-1 12-3

Central 9-1 11-3

Track splits with Salisbury

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Catty split with Salisbury in a Colonial League tri-meet from last week.

The Roughs lost to 85-57 in the boys meet but the girls pulled out an 87-63 win.

Trinity Kern and Kenzie Bradley pulled out wins for the girls. Kern took first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.1, while Bradley was tops in the long jump with a distance of 17-6.5.

The Catty 400 relay team also took first with a time of 52.6. It was made up of Amy Huber, Madison Hicks, Bradley and Tyra Brown.

Brown took second in the 100 and 200 events while Lexi Rushatz was second in the 800.

Raysely continues to help lead the Roughies

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Corey Raysely, it is all about getting to first base and beyond.

Raysely is one of a handful of seniors on the Roughies’ roster this spring, and he sees the transition phase of the team mainly with their pitching.

With a reduced ability in power in their lineup, Raysely and his teammates knew they needed a different approach.

“Being the young team that we are, we need to do everything in our power to generate runs,” said Raysely. “We have turned to some small ball to do that.

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”

Phantoms, Checkers looks to be a very even series

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The series win over Providence in the semifinals of the Atlantic Division playoffs was the first for the Phantoms franchise since their days of playing on the same ice that the Philadelphia Flyers played on at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

It came in the same year where their next-door neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies, last won the World Series - 2008.

Biddle finally gets major opportunity

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Few draft picks seemed to be a more perfect fit than Jesse Biddle was for the Phillies in 2010. They needed pitching and he was a high-ceiling left-hander who fit exactly what they needed. To make it even better, he grew up as a fan of the Phillies while pitching at Germantown Academy. It was the perfect fit and the Phillies drafted him in the first round — 27th overall pick — of the 2010 Draft.