For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it truly is a process.
The Roughies lost their second all-time leading scorer and returned a team with a handful of seniors and a promising group of sophomores.
As a result, time will tell.
Catty entered this week without a win in their first four games of the season. They have dropped games to Nazareth (80-34), Bangor (73-47), Palmerton (82-54), and Salisbury (63-49).
However, Catty (1-4) notched its first win of the season with a 51-40 victory at Pen Argyl Monday night.
*Editor’s note: This story came from the Times News newspaper based in Lehighton, and is a sister paper to the Lehigh Valley Press family of papers.*
The winds of change are going to hit the area soon.
In a little over a week, fall will turn to winter. But there is a change on the local sports scene that could come blowing in too.
Local athletic directors certainly have a Christmas wish list to hang on the tree when it comes to football scheduling — and it appears that wish is going to come true.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program was looking for a springboard for the upcoming dual meet season that began against Southern Lehigh Wednesday night.
They found one in their own tournament.
Catty finished fourth from a 10-team field in their annual Rough Rider Tournament last weekend. The Roughies accumulated 121 points behind champion Lake Lehman.
“The kids wrestled really tough,” said Roughies’ head coach Joe Russo. “We can now look forward to building off this success for our dual meet season. We had a number of kids who did well.”
Last season, Isaiah Graves shot his way into the Roughies’ record books as one of their all-time leading scorers.
Jaylen Green was the perfect complement to Graves, and the duo paced the team to the district Class 3A semifinals and an overall 15-10 record.
This season, it won’t be as easy. For starters, Graves graduated and Green transferred to Allentown Central Catholic.
As a result, the Roughies are left with primarily an energetic group of seniors and sophomores who are looking to maintain their status.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program achieved their first goal at the Tamaqua tournament last weekend.
They certainly did it with some grit and determination.
Gaining a split in their two games, the Roughies were confident as they began Colonial League play this week. Catty dropped its opening game to host and eventual tournament champion Tamaqua, 61-10, and then rebounded the next day with a 44-25 win over Lincoln Leadership.
In the grand scheme of things, Connor Bunnaman’s second goal of the season wasn’t one that will be extremely memorable. His goal put the Phantoms up 1-0 in a game that they would wind up losing 4-2 to the Cleveland Monsters. What “Bunny” did with his goal though was launch an avalanche of stuffed teddy bears and other assorted animals onto the ice as part of the Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 28 11 .718
St. Paul’s 20 13 .606
Christ UCC 23 16 .590
Bath Luth 21 15 .583
Emmanuel 20 19 .513
Dryland 18 21 .462
Ebenezer 17 22 .436
St. Stephen’s 17 22 .436
Light of Christ 16 23 .410
Farmersville 14 22 .389
Salem UCC 13 23 .361
Salem UCC (4-1) at
Christ UCC (6-4, 6-0)
C - Dave Shaver 6-12, Garry Hunsicker 5-12, Eric Yocum 5-12.
S - Larry Fehnel 5-11, Bob Krause 4-12.
Farmersville (6-5, 4-2) at
St. Stephen’s (2-1)
For a team coming off a 4-18 record, expectations may not be expected to be high.
But don’t tell that to Catasauqua head girls basketball coach Mark Seremula. The Roughies’ first-year coach has liked what he has seen from his team on the verge of the upcoming season.
“Things are going well,” said Seremula. “We are ahead of where I thought we would be at this stage. We still have a ways to go to where we want to be. We missed some practices due to the weather.
“We just have to keep working hard to keep a good feel for things.”
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Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 28 8 ,778
St. Paul’s 20 13 .606
Christ UCC 21 15 .583
Bath Luth 19 14 .576
Emmanuel 18 18 .500
Ebenezer 16 20 .444
St. Stephen’s 16 20 .444
Dryland 15 21 .417
Light of Christ 15 21 .417
Salem UCC 12 21 .364
Farmersville 12 21 .364
Dryland (12-8 11in, 6-3) at
Light of Christ (5-3)
D - Butch Silfies 9-13, Earl Sigley 7-14, Larry Golick 6-15 cycle 2HR, Al Gilbert 5-13.