Over the past few weeks, Catasauqua’s boys basketball program has begun laying a foundation for its future.
The Roughies have been participating in the Catty League, mainly fueled by 17 freshman who gained valuable experience on this past year’s squad.
“It’s amazing,” said head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder. “Some nights we have had as many as 20 kids out. We have had a solid turnout of the younger players. I try to get them all in the games.”
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.
The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.
Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.
With a strong core returning, Catasauqua’s entry in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack league should make some noise this summer.
Kenzie Bradley and Jacob Wittman didn’t receive a medal at the recent PIAA Track and Field Championships, but the duo sent reverberations and helped set a tone for the program over the next few years.
Bradley finished 10th in the long jump and 14th in the high jump, while Wittman was 13th in the pole vault.
“Things didn’t go as planned,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock of his two athletes. “They were going against the best in the state and it was a fantastic experience for both of them.
As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.
It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”
For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.
“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie Alex Lyon. “They play an NHL style game, very tenacious.”
For Catasauqua’s baseball team this season, it was all about timing.
Throughout the season, the Roughies suffered a series of untimely setbacks that eventually affected a possible district playoff berth. As a result, Catty ended its season with an overall 6-14 mark.
Head coach Steve Bradley recalled an event in his team’s final game of the season that reflected how they easily could be construed as being snakebit this year.
“We were trailing 6-5 and we lost a pop-up in the infield that could have ended the inning,” he stated. “Instead, they got a couple of runs.
After an impressive showing at the Colonial League meet, Catasauqua’s track team took another step forward at the PIAA District 11 meet.
The Roughies’ Kenzie Bradley and Jacob Wittman will be heading to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend. Overall, the Catty girls’ unit finished sixth overall.
Bradley finished second in the long jump and high jump, and she also took a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. She finished just a half inch behind Palisades’ Lydia Bottelier (17.02-75) in the long jump with a mark of 17-02.25.
100 – 1. Amanda Crooks (Whitehall) 12.26, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 12.41, 3. Alanna Smith (Emmaus) 12.60.
200 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 24.84, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 25.57, 3. Jalurah Moore (Pleasant Vy.) 26.03.
400 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 56.61, 2. Jasmine Douglas-Grant (Stroudsburg) 58.17, 3. Ellissa Slader (Easton) 59.32.
800 – 1. Greta Stuckey (Liberty) 2:18.55, 2. Katherine Ellmaker (Easton) 2:19.25, 3. Emily Banashefski (Stroudsburg) 2:20.08.
100 – 1. Emily Zoscin (Weatherly) 12.73, 2. Emma Dunbar (Jim Thorpe) 12.76, 3. Emily Demalis (Shenandoah Vy.) 12.82.
200 – 1. Lydia Bottelier (Palisades) 25.05, 2. Nilitza Malave (Pine Grove) 26.44, 3. Emily Demalis (Shenandoah Vy.) 26.5.
400 – 1. Lydia Wallace (Jim Thorpe) 1:00.31, 2. Sara Manbeck (No. Schuylkill) 1:01.02, 3. Alexis Disora (Notre Dame GP) 1:01.29.
800 – 1. Tina Capparell (Marian Catholic) 2:18.11, 2. Lydia Wallace (Jim Thorpe) 2:20.08, 3. Olivia Cory (Minersville) 2:23.08.