With January coming with a blast of new weather, Catasauqua’s wrestling team is taking a similar cue.
“We wanted to be healthy for January,” said first-year head coach Joe Russo. “We had a few meets, but we know we have a busy January schedule, and our season really kicks into gear.
“We had some wrestlers injured, but we believe we can have a solid lineup. This will be a busy month for us and we’ll get a good feel for what kind of team we have.”
Andrew Brett wasn’t going to be denied.
The senior quarterback tore his ACL in the team’s final home game against Southern Lehigh, and it appeared his season was over.
Still, Brett was confident he would return for the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton.
Brett did and managed to throw for 141 yards in his final high school football contest. But Brett still had his final basketball season on the horizon.
Through their first three games, the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team averaged 70.3 points per game.
It was a pleasant surprise for head coach Eric Snyder, who admittedly was worried before the season about supplemental scoring beyond Isaiah Graves and Jaylen Green.
Problem is, the Roughies gave up 78 points per game during the same span. It is a major reason they had a 1-2 record opening the season.
Catty began to rectify their problem when they registered a 58-41 victory over Saucon Valley Monday night to even their mark at 2-2. Graves had 25 points.
If you’re a bird lover, you may know that Dec. 14 was the start of the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that runs until Jan. 5. The count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country and world. It provides important data for scientists but it’s a great time for folks to participate and collect the number of birds and species in wintering locations in the country.
For Catasauqua standout Isaiah Graves, the 2017-2018 season should be one to remember. Unfortunately, it’s not starting off as well as he would have liked. His team has been able to mount just a .500 record, going 2-2 in the early going. Worse than that though, his Grandmother recently passed away and he’s had to chase the 1,000-point milestone with a heavy heart.
Corban Knight is in one of those streaks where everything he does looks almost effortless, but turns out to be good. Take for example, the play he made Sunday in Bridgeport when he was literally on his stomach behind the goal, but still was able to flip the puck to Danick Martel, who was stationed in front of the net for a go-ahead goal.
Bangor defeated Catty in wrestling on Tuesday 45-21.
Catty got off to a good start as Derrick Rodriguez and Oscar Cordon picked up victories. Rodriguez was a 12-8 decision while Cordon pinned his opponent.
But the Slaters would dominate from the 145-285 bouts.
At 106, Catty’s Jacob Nye pinned Robert Curley to get the Roughs back on the board. At 113 there was a double forfeit followed by a Tyler Melendez forfeit win at 126 to end the bout.
After opening the season with arguably the area’s toughest schedule, the Catasauqua girls basketball team found the win column against Saucon Valley on Monday, Dec. 18.
The Rough Riders defeated the Panthers 29-27 behind 12 points from senior guard Kenzie Bradley and a strong defensive effort.
Saucon Valley led 8-3 after the first quarter, 13-8 at halftime, and 20-15 after the third quarter, but Catty ended the game on a 14-7 run to pick up its second win of the season.
With his many trips across the “bridge” in the past, Joe Russo certainly is excited about making numerous more treks in the future.
Russo was recently approved by the school board as the new head wrestling coach at Catasauqua replacing Kyle Rusnock, who resigned after three years to spend more time with his family.
Since 2002, Russo has been connected either with a wrestling program at Catasauqua or Whitehall, making seemingly countless trips across the Hokendauqua Bridge between wrestling as well as living in North Catasauqua and teaching at Whitehall High School.
For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it will be a matter of time.
The Roughies opened their season with a lopsided 77-51 loss at Nazareth Dec. 8, but head coach Eric Snyder believes his team will need to sort through their ways to find their identity.
“They (Nazareth) hit too many standing 3’s,” said Snyder about his evaluation of the loss to Nazareth who made eight three-pointers. “It was a 30-26 game and then they hit a three. We scored the next four points to cut it to 33-30, but they came back with another three to make it 36-30.