Since his youth, Zack Bradley always has been infatuated with coaching.
It stemmed from his father Steve’s long career as well as former Liberty head football coach and longtime family friend Tim Moncman.
“Since I was little, I used to watch the Liberty team practice and their games,” said Bradley, the former Roughies quarterback who is the school’s all-time passing yards and touchdown leader. “I always wanted to coach and looked up to a coach Moncman.
“He and my father always have had a big influence over me.”
Now that connection is much closer.
The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.
Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.
Catasauqua first –year head field hockey coach Emily Marley didn’t base her season on wins and losses.
Instead, it was adjusting to a new system in place as well as a process. The Roughies recently ended their season with an 0-18 mark.
Their campaign was marred by a series of mishaps.
“It was not exactly how I wanted it to go,” said Marley about the season. “This definitely was a rebuilding year. We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms spent this past weekend in Canada, and boy, did they have fun.
The Phantoms swept their three-game road trip through Canada with an overtime win in Laval and two regulation wins in Belleville and Toronto. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had an especially good time on the trip, picking up two, game-winning goals.
For the Catasauqua girls’ soccer team, it was about getting to the next level.
That didn’t necessary involve wins and losses, but it was about effort.
The sixth-seeded Roughies stunned third-seeded Tri-Valley, 3-2, in the opening round of districts, but they then suffered a hard-fought, 1-0 defeat to second-seeded Moravian Academy in the semifinals. It was Catty’s first win in district play since 2007 when they eventually advanced to the state finals.
With his first season under his belt, Mike McClarin realizes there is still plenty of football education ahead in all phases.
“We are still learning as players and as coaches,” said McClarin. “We are learning how to play better and how to coach better. It is really a process.
“We all became better as the season went on. We all made sacrifices and it will help us in the end.”
The Roughies ended their season with a 49-14 loss to Northampton on Alumni Field Thanksgiving morning that left them with an overall 1-10 record.
For seniors Brad Panto, Wilquon Clemons, and Devon Troxell, the recent annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Northampton marked an end to their memorable careers as well as a cavalcade of memories in the Brown and White.
Panto was among the team’s leading tacklers on defense from his middle linebacker spot and also the leader on the offensive front. It likely marked the end of his football playing days, but the lessons and experiences that will linger.
The Roughies’ overall record of 4-19 the past two seasons is an insignificant factor.
The 96th meeting between the Catasauqua Rough Riders and Northampton Konkrete Kids kicked off on a Thanksgiving Day featuring brilliant sunshine and frigid temperatures.
The Rough Riders entered the game following a 1-9 regular season, while Northampton sported a 7-4 record and their first district playoff appearance since 2003.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 26 7 .788
St. Paul’s 19 11 .633
Bath Lutheran 19 14 .576
Christ UCC 18 15 .545
Emmanuel 17 16 .515
Ebenezer 16 17 .485
St. Stephen’s 14 19 .424
Light of Christ 14 19 .424
Dryland 13 20 .394
Farmersville 11 19 .367
Salem UCC 10 20 .333
Farmersville (6-2) at
St. Paul’s (4-2, 4-1)
SP - Dave Clark 5-12, Abby Kern 4-10, Zach Kern 4-12, HRs - Tom Unger, Amber Gross.
While there were no 800-pound bears taken so far during the first three days of the 2018 bear hunting season, two came close. Regardless, the harvest total over the three-day hunt resulted in a total of 1,833 bears or a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken in the first three days of the 2017 season.