Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder didn’t have a good feeling walking into Nazareth’s gym Dec. 23, the date of the Roughies’ last game.
His feeling was justified when the host Blue Eagles hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.
From there, it escalated into a long night for the Rough Riders, who trailed 41-20 at the half before they suffered a 73-33 loss.
The snows are back.
No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team has managed some quick starts this season due to the top of its lineup this season with Jacob Nye and Jaryn Hartranft setting the pace as one of the top ranked wrestlers in their respective weight class.
Yet, the Rough Riders bottom of the lineup also has caused it share of damage.
Seniors Adam Reinhart (182, 195), Zachary Scheirer (220) and Lavonte Bouie (285) have been the team’s perfect trifecta to round out the lineup for the Roughies.
With an impressive recent showing in their own tournament, Catasauqua’s wrestling team has high expectations for the remainder of the season.
Catty finished third overall in the annual Rough Rider Invitational Dec. 7. The Roughies registered 121 points overall behind Maryland’s Stephen Decatur (176.5) and Philadelphia’s Archbishop Ryan (157).
“We’re looking forward to a successful season,” said second-year head coach Joe Russo. “We have a number of wrestlers back who did well last year, and we have a pretty solid lineup at the moment.
The Northampton boys’ basketball team entered Friday night’s matchup looking to start the season with a win over their smaller crosstown rivals, the Catasauqua Rough Riders and they did just that with a 73-55 victory.
Catasauqua’s boys’ team entered their first home game of the season hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s 1-21 squad.
So far, the 2019-2020 season has been one for the kids on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms roster.
An offseason that saw the roster somewhat remade left plenty of opportunities for young players and they produced right from the season’s first puck drop. Some of them – Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and Phil Myers – found a fast track to Philadelphia thanks to their early production with the Phantoms.
For the past few years, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder has been searching for height.
Unlike the other years, Snyder will get his wish as the Roughies return a group that has their baptism under fire from a 1-21 season last year.
It will be a club laced with a healthy junior class that has grown over the previous two campaigns, similar to a favored crop ready to harvest.
“We do have some height this year,” said Snyder, who is beginning his 28th year at the helm. “We have a lot of juniors, and we don’t have a lot of freshman and sophomores.
These days, Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula understands his team is traveling in some unchartered waters.
Yet, he is confident that they soon will find a steady dock.
Despite dropping a 41-37 decision to East Stroudsburg South and suffering a 33-26 loss to Dieruff in the recent Tamaqua tournament, Seremula sees promise in the near future.
As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.
In the first half against Bangor Monday night, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder thought his team might be faced with the prospects of a long night as the Roughies fell behind 28-12, mainly due to the Slaters hitting seven of their first eight three pointers.
But Snyder wasn’t totally convinced. He has a good feeling about his junior-heavy, seasoned team and their season.
A little while later, his convictions became a little stronger.
The Rough Riders erupted for 49 second-half points and downed the Slaters, 78-72, beating them for the first time since the 2014 season.