It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.
FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or 10-year licenses can be purchased online.
Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.
On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.
Catasauqua began their season nearly to its desired perfection.
Still, it was a strong positive note.
The Roughies split a pair of games in the Tamaqua Lady Blue Raiders Tip-Off Tournament Dec. 8-9. They lost to host Tamaqua, 39-18, in the championship final.
But Catty began the tournament with an impressive 48-36, comeback victory over Lincoln Leadership.
“Overall, we were very pleased,” said head coach Ed Seidick of his team’s effort and performance. “Our goal is to get better every day.
With three starters back and increased depth, the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team should make an impact in the Colonial League as well as in the District 11 bracket this winter.
The Roughies are coming off a 9-15 season in which they soundly defeated Pine grove, 70-50, in the opening round of the district playoffs before they fell to highly touted Valley Forge Military Academy, 91-46, in the second round.
Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.
The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.
Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.
But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from hunting in Pennsylvania.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.
Just as the Phantoms finished up a six-game road trip, they looked forward to a nice set of games on home ice and all seemed right with the world. Then came word that leading scorer Danick Martel and defenseman Sam Morin were heading to Philadelphia. On the same day, forward Alex Krushelnyski was also summoned to the Flyers.
First there were touchdowns.
Then there were takedowns.
For the third straight year, the annual Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving football game featured a brawl. Officials ended the contest with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter after a routine K-Kids run erupted into a scrum.
When the dust settled, Northampton left Al Erdosy Stadium with a 46-19 victory. It was the K-Kids’ fourth-straight win in the series, giving the Northampton senior class a sweep over their rival.
As tradition has it, the days after Thanksgiving have normally seen the opening of local ski areas. Thanks to some below freezing nights of snowmaking, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton had its earliest opening in years on Black Friday. They were able to open five slopes serviced by three lifts.
This opening also signals a milestone for this Carbon County resort. Blue Mountain is beginning the season celebrating its 40th anniversary on December 22, 2017. It’s a local ski/boarding area that many learned to ski and board there. Count my family and I as some of them.