A few months ago, Austin Brett wasn’t thinking about competing at the PIAA Class 2A Southeastern Regional tournament this weekend at Wilson West Lawn High School.
Instead, he was wondering when he would be wrestling again.
In the opening weeks of practice, Brett fractured his growth plate in his foot and there wasn’t an exact timetable for his return. It was an untimely break for the freshman, who cracked the Roughies’ lineup at 113 pounds.
But Brett battled through rehab and returned to the lineup in a dual match against Notre Dame Jan. 22.
The Catasauqua varsity wrestling team is getting set for the individual District 11 tournament this weekend and is hoping to duplicate some of the successes those in the younger Catty programs have had to this point.
For the varsity, Tyler Melendez enters as the fourth seed for the Roughs and is hoping to advances to regionals.
Head coach Nick Russo said other Roughies who are entering the tournament are: freshman Jacob Nye and Austin Brett, sophomore Lavonte Bouie, junior Brad Panto and seniors Derrick Rodriguez, Oscar Cordon, Jack Manogue, Austin Gorr and Jacob Latch.
2018 COLONIAL LEAGUE WRESTLING ALL STARS
106 pounds - Anthony Morello - Notre Dame
113 pounds - Joshua Bauman - Notre Dame
120 pounds - Richie Markulics - Notre Dame
126 pounds - Josh Jones - Saucon Valley
132 pounds - Ryan McGuire - Notre Dame
138 pounds - Justin Kyra - Saucon Valley
145 pounds - Jason Jones - Saucon Valley
152 pounds - Nate Haubert - Palisades
160 pounds - Chase Anklam - Pen Argyl
170 pounds - Caleb Clymer - Northwestern Lehigh
182 pounds - Haakon Mathewson - Bangor
Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder knows how difficult it can be to beat a team three times during a season.
He and his team will face that task Saturday afternoon.
The third-seeded Roughies will meet sixth-seeded Northern Lehigh in a District 11/1 Class 3A quarterfinal game at Northampton High School this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Catty won at Northern Lehigh, 62-59, on Dec. 20, and then beat them on their own court, 54-42, Jan. 20.
First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.
Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.
Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.
When I began covering sports in Catasauqua nine years ago, I quickly discovered who to reach out to find out anything about the Roughies.
It was, and still is, Eric Snyder.
He is Mr. Catasauqua. There isn’t a week that goes by that I am not reminded about it.
I’m surely not implying that Snyder is a busybody or gossip, but instead he is the heart and soul of the athletic faction of Catasauqua, and arguably the town itself. I can attest that some colleagues in the local media genuinely feel the same way.
If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.
There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with smaller flocks continuing to come in from the East to join them.
Mike McClarin won’t forget his experience at the Naval Academy anytime soon.
In fact, he plans on building some of its foundations in his approach as the new head football coach of the Catasauqua Rough Riders.
McClarin, a former Liberty High standout and assistant at the school, and at Dieruff High School, was approved at a school board meeting Tuesday night to head the program. McClarin takes over for Phil Dorn, who resigned after posting a 9-36 record over the previous four seasons.
A day later, Eric Snyder still couldn’t believe what happened.
Snyder and his team were still reeling from a stunning 74-53 loss at home to Wilson in the opening round of the Colonial League playoffs.
With the defeat, the Roughies (14-9) will await their opponent in the opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs February 24 at a time and a site yet to be determined.
As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic Division with a 19-25-3-4 record and just 45 points on the season.