During the past year, Catasauqua’s wrestling team had their share of experiences and injuries, ones that should definitely shape and provide a positive spin for the future.
“Thought we took another step forward as a program,” said Roughies head coach Joe Russo, who completed his third season at the helm. “Finishing in the top four as a dual meet team for the first time since the early 1990s was a big step.
“It’s worth noting they advanced the field in the early 2000s. We qualified two guys for states, marking only the fourth time we had multiple competitors in 20 years.”
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the PIAA board of directors, due to the closure of schools and the “stay at home” directives imparted by Gov. Wolf in 26 counties, met via teleconference to discuss various items that would have been part of its regularly scheduled board of directors Meeting of March 18, 2020.
Administrative items discussed included the postponement of Annual Spring District Meetings as well as means to permit voting by member schools on a Board proposed Constitutional amendment. All votes on this amendment need to be submitted to the Executive Director by May 1.
Among some other traits, Ed Filipovits will always remember the selflessness and preparedness of Mike Oriel Sr.
“If he told us to be there by 10, he was there by eight,” recalled Filipovits about his former friend and colleague. “He also would have all the work done already that we were supposed to do.
“He was just that type of guy.”
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.
Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.
Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.
Travis Brett watched and waited.
He is one of the few coaches in the Catasauqua football community who has either coached or befriended the majority of players who have passed through the program at the 130-pound level through high school.
In recent years, Brett had entertained thoughts about taking over the varsity program, as he had served as the junior high head coach for the past six years.
Now, his time has come.
Lehigh Valley trout anglers will have to wait a bit longer for the trout fishing opener.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that they’re consolidating opening days to one amid concern for the COVID-19 virus.
The separate early opening in 18 southeastern counties that was set for April 4 was canceled and has been reset for April 18 when the remainder of the counties had their usual and statewide opener.
This also affects Mentored Youth Trout Day that will now take place on Saturday, April 11.
I could make a case for my favorite sports season being fall, winter, spring, or summer, but I was in the middle of favoring winter when I watched what was left of that season crumble before my eyes on March 12.
What was left were Freedom’s girls’ basketball, Bethlehem Catholic girls’ basketball, Liberty swimming, Moravian Academy diving, and Bethlehem Catholic diving, all in the middle of PIAA state tournaments and meets.
After the dust settled last Friday I couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful day it was.
I sat outside with a beverage while my kids played soccer in the backyard and we waited for mommy to get home. It was the kind of day I’ve been looking forward to since the holidays ended - sunny with temperatures in the upper-60s. For the first time, I really noticed the buds on the trees and thought to myself the area will be in full bloom in just days.
At the same time, I couldn’t help but reflect back on my last few hours:
As each passing day goes, the news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.
For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be at jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10 day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game for direction from those at the top of the food chain.
The following is a release from the PIAA:
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Gov. Wolf issued a directive to close all schools in the Commonwealth for 10 business days starting March 16, 2020.
This means all school activities including sports practices, plays, musicals, mock trial, field trips, etc. The intent of this is to limit people gathering together to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus.