The Catty track and field team lost to Palisades this past weekend.
The girls lost 111-38 while the boys fell 119-20.
The Rough riders did have a couple of individual winners in the meet. Kenzie Bradley took the high jump for the girls clearing 5-2. She also took second in the long jump with a 16-2, which was behind Lydia Bottelier’s 17-9.75. Bottelier won three firsts on the day, including the 100 and 200 events. Tyra Brown was second in both the 100 and 200.
These days, Kenzie Bradley is a busy athlete.
Bradley, a senior, is making the most of the track season as she is involved in nearly every event. But, it is for a few good reasons.
Over the past few years, the multitalented Bradley has excelled at a number of events, being a primary scorer for the Roughies. Also, she will be a participant for the Bucknell University track program next spring.
So far, though, Bradley is enjoying the ride.
Zach Bilder soon won’t forget a game last season in which he fired a two-hitter with five strikeouts in a 2-1 victory over Northwestern in early May.
It helped the Roughies clinch a playoff spot. The game also was one of several strong starts that led Bilder to an overall 5-0 record with a stingy 0.75 ERA with 47 strikeouts during the regular season. Bilder also led the team with 17 RBIs and a team-high .361 average.
The senior arguably began the season as the team’s ace of a relatively young staff. Not bad for someone who began the season as a catcher last season.
The Colonial League recently released its fourth installment of the league’s top track and field performers for the 2018 season.
Jacob Wittman remains the leader in the pole vault, clearing 14-0.
Tyra Brown is second in the 100 with a 12.7, that’s behind Palisades’ Lydia Bottelier who has a 12.1. Brown has a 27.2 time in the 200 which is good enough for fourth. Kenzie Bradley is fourth in the high jump and fifth in the long jump. Bradley’s best in the high jump is 5-1 and she has a distance of 16-10 in the long jump.
Weather permitting, this weekend brings a smorgasbord of hunting and angling opportunities.
Spring gobbler hunting season opens April 28 in Pennsylvania and at the same time, shad have started their spawning run up the Delaware River. And right behind them, striped bass are entering the lower Delaware River and all along the New Jersey shore during their spring spawn run.
For Catasauqua’s baseball team, it has been about momentum.
With a young, basically inexperienced team, a bit of momentum easily can shift the tide of the season. And for the Roughies, it temporarily did.
Catty had an impressive three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents, 29-8, and it lifted them back into the Colonial League and district race with an overall 4-5 record and 4-4 league mark.
Unfortunately, the Roughies couldn’t sustain it.
The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.
Catasauqua’s baseball team got just what it needed – three timely wins.
Plagued by inexperience and injuries, the Roughies were sputtering and struggling with a 1-5 record, and they didn’t see any help in sight.
But they rallied for three impressive wins and raised their mark to 4-5 overall, and more importantly, 4-4 in league play.
Catty defeated Salisbury, 3-1, and followed it with a 15-5 victory over Moravian Academy and a 13-3 drubbing of Bangor.
The Colonial League released its top track and field performances list.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman continues to lead the way in the pole vault with the top spot, clearing 14-0.
On the girls side, Tyra Brown is second in the 100 with a time of 12.7 and she’s fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.2.
Also making the list is Kenzie Bradley, who is fourth in the high jump clearing 5-1 and she’s also fifth in the long jump with a distance of 16-10.5.
In her senior season, Tyra Brown couldn’t have asked for better timing.
Brown was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter events through the Roughies first three meets of the season. She attributed her success to probably being in the best track shape of her high school career, a fitting time for her and her teammates.
“I believe I am in the best shape I have been,” said Brown. “I lifted a lot during the offseason and ran much more than I have. It was much more intense than it has been over the past three years. I wanted to go out with a bang and do the very best that I can do.”