It’s playoff time and this week features plenty of interesting matchups as we head into the first week of November.
Most of the eyes will be on Bethlehem Friday night, as Freedom takes on Liberty for a second-straight week after the Pates shocking defeat to the Hurricanes last weekend.
Emmaus and Nazareth square off in a rematch of their regular season thriller and Northampton makes their first appearance in print this late in the year in close to a decade.
1. Freedom (9-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
This past Saturday marked the opening of fall turkey hunting season in most Pennsylvania Wildlife Management Units (WMU). But the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) reminds hunters that season lengths vary by WMUs. Added to that, fall turkey season is closed in local WMUs 5C and 5D.
Judging Catasauqua’s football season simply shouldn’t be on wins and losses.
Instead, it should be viewed in the picture of a young team growing along the way toward next season.
The Roughies ended their regular season with a 61-27 loss to Northwestern last Friday night and finished with an overall 1-9 record. Now, they will await Northampton on Thanksgiving morning.
CYAA BOARD MEETING AND RESULTS
The CYAA football season came to an end this week with the Flag team falling to Southern Lehigh at Saucon Valley.
Last week, the Flags beat Palmerton 14-13 to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Catty took the early 14-0 lead with a 64-yard touchdown run by Bentley Weaver and a 62-yard TD run by Austin Reilly.
The 100s lost to Wilson and the 120s lost to Southern Lehigh to end their seasons.
The Catasauqua girls soccer team finished their season with a 1-0 loss to Moravian Academy in the District XI 1A semifinals.
The sixth-seeded Roughs were coming off a 3-2, road upset over third-seeded Tri-Valley in the opening round of the district playoffs. They had reason to believe that they could also upset the second-seeded Lions, having tied them 3-3 in their regular season contest.
The lone goal came just five and a half minutes into the contest.
Mike McClarin may be feeling like trying to paddle a rowboat with a hole in the middle across a pond to the other side.
Yet, no matter how much water engulfs the boat, McClarin keeps paddling.
The 30-year-old, enthusiastic first-year Catasauqua head coach has brought that type of determination and positivity to a rather listless program that won nine games over the past four years.
For Lexi Rushatz the goal was simple at last week’s Colonial League cross country meet - just get better. And that was something she was able to take away from the event as the sophomore runner took 11th place overall in the girls race with a time of 21:29.01.
“I feel pretty good. It was a pretty tough course,” Rushatz said. “I would have liked to get top-10 but from last year I have improved, so I thought I did pretty good.”
Two weeks ago, we mentioned that Coho and steelhead fishing in the Salmon River in New York state was heating up. Well my friend Tom Marchetto, of Easton, made that trip two weeks ago and reported that he and his fishing buddy Joe Chelak of New Boston, PA, had an exciting trip but landed few fish.
Said Marchetto, “Although there were fish throughout the river, the hot spots seemed to be at both the lower end and upper end of the river, with very little action in the middle.”
Over the final two weeks of the season, Catasauqua head girls’ soccer coach Chris Hain noticed some issues with attrition with his squad.
Yet, the Roughies still had enough drive and determination to overcome any physical problems.
“Over the last two weeks, the girls have really give everything they have,” said head coach Chris Hain about his squad. “We may look a little tired physically, but they still have a lot of heart and drive.
“Their heart and soul in the play has been there all year long.”
The rivalry is back and as good as ever.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3-2-0-1) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (4-2-0-0) started the 2018-2019 version of their rivalry at the PPL Center last Friday and then took it north for the second game of the series. The teams split the two games, ironically, with each winning on the other team’s home ice.