Catasauqua’s football team’s strength will have a good test in their season opener Friday night at Alumni Field.
The Roughies will host Bangor, a 6-5 team and a district playoff team a year ago, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
It will be a good litmus test for the Roughies’ line against the usual run-heavy Slaters, who will have plenty of new faces in their lineup. One major addition has been longtime Pen Argyl head coach Paul Reduzzi whose success there helps bring some instant credibility to the Slaters.
Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?
The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.
With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.
The season ended last week for the Coplay Senior Legion baseball team, bowing out of the league playoffs against Salisbury.
Coplay dropped out of the playoffs, according to the league, prior to their game with Salisbury, giving Salisbury the victory.
Prior to that game, they faced the Carbon Monarchs in the opening round and lost 11-1 behind Brad Buzzard’s six-RBI performance. With the two losses, Coplay was eliminated from the playoffs. Austin Miller went 2-3 in the loss.
They finished the season 5-12-1.
It’s mid-July in Catasauqua and playoff basketball is starting to heat up.
The Catty League reached the quarterfinal stage Tuesday, and the North Catty League finds itself in a similar situation. The nearby Stiles league in Whitehall will begin their playoffs next week.
All three leagues will crown champions that will participate in the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tournament of Champions in early August.
With all the heavy rain we’ve been having, stream and river fishing has been curtailed. During these times, anglers are best advised to fish lakes and ponds that aren’t affected as severely. As such, selected local waters are fishing fairly productively.
In her junior and senior years at Catasauqua, Kenzie Bradley was recognized as one of the better track athletes in the Lehigh Valley with her prowess in the long jump, triple jump and relays.
As a result, Bradley earned a track scholarship to Bucknell University.
However, her first year wasn’t a momentous one. Bradley, a three-sports athlete at Catasauqua, soon realized both track and Bucknell weren’t good fits and shifted gears.
This winter, Bradley will be playing basketball at Franklin and Marshall University.
Coplay will be among the eight Lehigh Valley Senior Legion baseball teams vying for the league title when the playoffs get underway this Wednesday.
The double-elimination tournament may have a distinct favorite on paper with South Parkland sporting an undefeated 14-0 record, but Coplay could play spoiler once they take the field.
Coplay ended the regular season 5-9-1, finishing in the fifth spot in the standings. They head into the playoffs off a resounding 15-5 victory over Emmaus last Sunday.
At this time of year, a good many outdoors oriented folks head to the hiking trails, be in the in Pocono Mountains or the vast Appalachian Trail that runs locally through the Blue Mountains and beyond through 14 states. As such, keep in mind there are hazards along the way. Namely, rattlesnakes.
Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.
“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.
“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”
A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.