Catasauqua Press

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Boys top Moravian, Salisbury

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team has put up some flashy games on offense this season, scoring 84 points against Notre Dame-Green Pond, 73 at Northwestern, and 69 against Palmerton.

But in order to hold off Moravian Academy on Jan. 6, coach Eric Snyder knew the game needed to be won on defense.

The Rough Riders defeated the Lions 59-52, less than 20 hours after beating Salisbury the night before. Catty improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial League.

Ritter, Roughs have the right chemistry

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

This fall, Cam Ritter will embark on pursuing his pharmacist career.

Currently, though, he is among several players who are providing the right chemistry and combination for the Catasauqua Rough Riders basketball team.

With their recent victory over Moravian Academy Saturday, the Roughies won their seventh straight and improved their overall record to 8-2, 7-1 in the Colonial League Western Division.

“It has been really exciting,” said Ritter. “Even though we have played down to our competition at times, we really have lived up to our expectations.

Rushatz earning backcourt position

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Through the first half of the Catasauqua girls basketball season, coach Ed Seidick searched for a backcourt running mate to pair with senior Makenzie Bradley.

After two strong weeks since the holiday break, freshman Alexis Rushatz has latched on to the role thanks to tenacious defense and an improving 3-point shot.

The Rough Riders dropped an overtime contest to Salisbury on Friday, Jan. 5, but Seidick is pleased with the way his younger players are developing.

Maddie Emery a key senior for girls team

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Maddie Emery understands the situation.

As a senior, Emery has been an integral part of the Catty girls’ basketball and have watched the team have its share of highs and lows as they struggle to gain respectability.

This season hasn’t been any different. The Roughies will begin the week with an overall 3-10 record, looking to shake a four-game losing streak.

“We have the talent, but we are small,” said Emery about her team’s plight. “We don’t have a big girl like some of the other team in the league. That can be a problem.

Two Phantoms make all-star team

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When you talk about the best players on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, there isn’t much debate. Defenseman T.J. Brennan and winger Danick Martel would be the consensus best of the best for Lehigh Valley. Both were recognized by the AHL when they were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. This year’s AHL All-Star Classic will be played in Utica on Jan. 29, with the skills competition taking place the day before the game.

Phantoms split a home-and-home series

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.

Outdoors: ice fishing season to heat up

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the freezing temperature we’re having, ice fishing should kick off allowing fishermen to walk on water. And first-ice is generally the best time to ice fish in that the fish haven’t seen live bait or lures in some time.

Ice fishing can also be a family sport in that with kids in tow, and if the fish aren’t biting, kids can slide or ice skate over the water’s surface. Get a bite and the kids will get excited pulling in a fish with either a tip-up or mini jigging rod.

Girls looking for more wins

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As they begin play in January, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball team is looking to ride some momentum as well as continue to develop some depth.

The Roughies began January play with an overall 3-7 record, fresh off an appearance in the championship game of the Wilson Tournament.

Catty defeated Plumstead Christian, 48-31, in the opener of the tournament and then they fell to Wilson, 46-25, in the final. Kenzie Bradley had a team-high 11 points in both games.