Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.
After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.
It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.
For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.
And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.
The Catty boys and girls track teams dropped a pair of meets recently to Notre Dame and Wilson, but weren’t without their share of winners.
Tyra Brown led the way taking first in both the 100 and 200 with times of 13.2 and 27.4 respectively. Kenzie Bradley took first in the high jump clearing 4-8 along with the long jump with a distance of 15-06.75.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman cleared 12-00 to win the pole vault competition.
The boys lost to Wilson 131-18 and to NDGP 128-14. The girls fell to the Warriors 97-51 and lost to the Crusaders 105.5-39.5.
Unlike most basketball coaches, Ed Seidick loves to watch videotapes of games.
However, Seidick began to lose his desire during the latter part of the season. The Catasauqua girls’ basketball coach began to think it was time for a change.
“I love to watch videotapes and break down games, “ he said. “But about the last quarter of the season, I wasn’t putting in the time that I usually did. I knew I was compromising myself and the kids.
“I wasn’t doing the kids any justice and my desire wasn’t the same.”
With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.
Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.
In the early going, Catasauqua’s baseball team is learning how to mature.
The young, inexperienced Roughies became victims to the unusually late batch of winter weather that limited their practice schedule, a major component to their success this season.
Instead, they are literally learning on the run as they continue to search for consistency on both ends of their game. Their 13-1 loss at Palisades Monday dropped their overall mark to 1-5 on the season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.
According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those seasons. The all-time bear harvest of 4,350 bears occurred in 2011 says the PGC.
If Catasauqua’s first meet is an indication of their success this season, the Roughies certainly are on the right track.
Even though they were on the short end of the results for both boys’ and girls’, the Roughies had several standout performers.
Tyra Brown took a pair of firsts in the 100 and 200 meters. Teammate Kenzie Bradley was the top place finisher in the girls’ high jump. Bradley also finished second in the long jump.
Trinity Kern finished second in the 300 meter hurdles and Tory Simmons also was second in the javelin.
The Colonial League released its first track and field top performance list late last week.
A few Catasauqua track and field members made this week’s list.
For the boys, Jacob Wittman is tops in the pole vault clearing 12-0. On the girls side, Tyra Brown is first in the 100 and 200 with times of 12.7 and 27.2. Kenzie Bradley made the list in the high jump clearing 5-0.
100 - Julius Ewunken (ND) 11.0, 2. tie Brendan Miller (SL), Tyrek Scipio (B) 11.1, 4. Noah Schock (SL), 5. tie Marcus Glueck (SL), Delano Mackenzie (S) 11.5;
At the start of the 2018 season, Catasauqua’s softball roster had 16 players listed. Half of them are freshmen.
With that kind of inexperience at the varsity level, Coach Bobby Thomas knew there would be growing pains and plenty of opportunities for younger players to earn playing time.
“It’s on-the-job training for a lot of them. We have a lot of young kids, they just don’t have a great deal of experience,” Thomas said.
One player that has earned a spot in the lineup in a unique way is freshman Erica Kuhar.