After playing football since he was seven and wrestling in the eighth grade, Derrick Rodriguez decided not to play any sports in his freshman year at Catasauqua.
To this day, he doesn’t have the answer to that decision.
“I went out for wrestling in eighth grade and I really liked it,” said Rodriguez. “When I got to high school, I didn’t go out for any sports. I really don’t know why. It just happened.
“But I soon realized I wanted to go back.”
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.
But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say:
Tempers flared at the end of Saucon Valley’s 3-1 victory at Catasauqua in boys soccer, but in the end, it was all smiles and handshakes after Josh Inman’s first game against his old squad.
The new Rough Riders coach spent three years on the Saucon Valley sideline before taking the Catasauqua job this season. He had his team well-prepared to face the Panthers, but Saucon Valley’s depth was a little too much to overcome in their Sept. 8 meeting.
As one of the smaller schools in the Colonial League, Inman is getting his team ready to face the larger squads in the conference.
We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
Literally speaking, Catasauqua’s cross country team continues to make strides.
With increasing depth and lowering times, the Roughies should be a force throughout the season and beyond.
“Our runners are running really well,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a good summer and the kids worked very hard. We are starting to see the results and it will look better as the year goes on.
“We have been improving in several ways.”
These days, it is the new mantra around the Catasauqua football program.
The Roughies’ recent stout defensive effort has produced two impressive wins over Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl. In the latter, Catty also had their character and mettle tested in a last-minute, 17-14 victory over the Green Knights.
With 57 second left in the game, Devon Troxell booted a 28-yard field goal to lift the Roughies to victory. The win gave the Roughies an overall 2-1 record, as they recorded consecutive road victories for the first time since the 2013 season.
Kyle Zimpfer recalled how he was introduced to the center position in his freshman year.
“I never really played center before high school,” he said. “It was early in the season, and I was told to go in and play center. I had some time in practice, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
“It was kind of different going through the process, and the coaches were a great help. I had mostly played guard or tackle. But I knew once I got it down, there was no turning back.”
Devon Troxell couldn’t recall a similar event to the one that recently happened to him.
It proved to be a momentous one that could totally turn the Roughies season on an upward swing.
Troxell booted a game-winning, 28-yard field goal with 28 second remaining that lifted Catty to a 17-14 victory over Pen Argyl last weekend. The victory – their second consecutive – gave the Roughies a 2-1 overall record heading into a key showdown with Saucon Valley Friday night.