When she was very young, Montana Muller had already decided that she didn’t want to play the usual sports. She wanted to try something out of the ordinary.
At age 5, she began to venture into the world of gymnastics. Nearly 10 years later. Muller has never looked back.
The Catasauqua freshman has developed to where she has been a regular state and state regional area qualifier among the top-10 performers in her categories over the past few years.
It’s easy to see how it has been a perfect fit.
Despite the cold weather, there are some avid kayakers and paddlers who refuse to let the temperature stop them from enjoying their beloved sport. And for those new to the sport or those who received a kayak or canoe for a holiday gift and are dying to test it out, beware of the cold water.
Catasauqua’s wrestling team will begin the new year with plenty of promise as well as a challenging January ahead. The Roughies ended December on a high note when they downed Southern Lehigh, 36-21.
In the match, Ben Nosal (220) and Tyler Youseff (195) both continued their strong season by registering falls and Bradley Panto also broke through with a fall at 160. Malik Sharif (113) looked good in a 9-2 decision and Jacob Lastch (182) brought home a 8-3 win. Bradshaw Henning (108) and Tyler Melendez (126) both were awarded forfeits at their respective classes.
Coming out of the 2016-17 holiday break, the Colonial League has just one undefeated boys basketball team left and several unbeatens in wrestling and girls basketball.
Bangor stands alone at 5-0 in the boys standings, while the Lady Slaters are one of four 4-0 girls teams, including Southern Lehigh and Notre Dame (Green Pond).
In wrestling, Bangor, Saucon Valley and Northwestern are off to 3-0 starts. The Panthers and Tigers meet in New Tripoli Wednesday.
Team W-L GB
Bangor 5-0 x
Notre Dame (GP) 3-1 1.5
The Patriots beat the Spartans in a nonleague game 60-43.
Freedom’s Nicholas King scored a game high 22 points.
Sean Welsh had 13 for Southern Lehigh.
Patel 1-0-0-3, Miller 2-1-2-6, Murtaugh 0-0-0-0, Hoff 0-0-0-0, Hudson 1-2-2-4, Dougherty 1-1-3-3, Blondell 1-0-0-2, Welsh 4-5-5-13, Zamichieli 4-2-2-12. TOTALS: 14-11-14-43.
Tyrese Martin accounted for more than half of the Canaries’ scoring in a 62-46 win over Emmaus in the Allen Holiday Tournament.
Martin poured in 37 points, including six three-pointers.
Emmaus was led by the Kachelries brothers, with Matt scoring 18 points and David adding 15.
M. Kachelries 8-0-0-18, D. Kachelries 5-3-3-15, Lewis 0-0-0-0, Cichocki 1-0-0-2, Ross 0-0-0-0, Artis 1-0-0-2, Ferguson 0-0-0-0, Diehl 1-0-0-2, Riegel 1-0-0-2, Smith 0-0-0-0, Sabol 2-1-2-5, Boyd 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-4-5-46.
The Cougars trailed at halftime but came back to beat the Zephyrs 54-37 in a nonleague game.
Hazleton, which was led by Maddie Mrochko’s 25 points, made 11 of 13 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Whitehall was led by Alix Buskirk with nine points.
Pfeil 4-6-7-14, Ma. Trivelpiece 2-5-6-11, Mrochko 9-3-5-25, Sheeto 0-0-0-0, Book 0-0-0-0, Lipinsky 0-0-0-0, Me. Trivelpiece 2-0-0-4. TOTALS: 17-14-18-54.
The Hurricanes beat the hosts 72-64 in the first round of Parkland’s tournament.
Liberty was led by Jeremy Johnson’s 31 points, which included a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line. Cameron Hoffman added 11 points for Liberty, while Amir Griffin chipped in with 10.
Parkland was led by Sam Iorio with 26 points.
Serrano 3-0-3-7, Griffin 4-2-2-10, Johnson 9-10-10-31, Legree 0-0-0-0, Erney 0-1-2-1, Heess 2-2-2-6, Hoffman 4-0-0-11, Cannon 3-0-0-6. TOTALS: 25-15-19-72.
As he heads into the bulk of the wrestling season, Tyler Youssef won’t be short on motivation.
“My goal is to get to districts, regionals, and states,” said the senior. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it is a tournament or a dual meet. I’ll give everything I have every time out there.
“We as a team have a good group of seniors on the team that can provide leadership. It is a big thing for me, and seniors [Ryan] Greene and [Ben] Nosal. My mindset is to get a district medal first and then move on.”
Entering his junior year at Franklin and Marshal, Zack Bradley had mixed feelings of anxiety and doubt.
The former Catasauqua standout, who rewrote the school’s passing records in 2012 and 2013, believed he had a solid chance at being the starting quarterback for the Diplomats after seeing sporadic action at the position his first two years.
However, it wasn’t until the fourth game of the season when Bradley took over at the helm.