It likely will take some time before Catasauqua head track coach Kyle Rusnock sees his full contributions from his team this spring.
Rusnock lost a number of key contributors from last year’s squad, and he has watched a core of returning letter winners and promising newcomers combine to form the new transition.
“So far, things have been going pretty well,” said the ever-optimistic Rusnock. “We have a number of kids out and we have more of a foundation than last year. We have around 60-70 kids at practices and we have a number of freshmen who joined us this year.”
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley knows he and his team have to be patient.
His team is small, young and inexperienced, but the Roughies are not short on heart and hustle.
After having their scheduled opener against Northampton postponed last Friday, the Roughies opened the season with a 14-3 loss at Bangor, a game that didn’t truly reflected the game.
“We played well through five innings,” said Bradley. “We ran into a team that was really fast and they stole bases and got squeeze bunts down.
In what may be the wildest game of the season, Lehigh Valley pulled off a stunning, 4-3 win over the defending AHL champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at the PPL Center. The win gave Lehigh Valley a season sweep of their two games with Toronto and three wins in their last four games against the Marlies. Going back five years, the Phantoms have played Toronto well, going 6-2-1-1.
In her first season at the helm of the Catasauqua softball program, Paige Kogelman is focusing mainly on the future and de-emphasizing the present.
She inherited a program that posted two wins in each of its previous two seasons.
“It’s about building,” said the former Rough Rider standout. “It is a day-by-day process. We will try to get better every game. We’re not looking at it as a win or a loss, but did we get better.”
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions fleet of white stocking trucks are on the roll, stocking trout for the March 23 Youth Fishing Day and regional trout opener on March 30 in 18 southeast region waters.
If you’d like to introduce your youngster to the sport of fishing, the Youth Fishing Day is an opportune time for them to experience catching their first trout. It’s also an opportune time since there’s no fishing pressure from adults, and there will be loads of freshly stocked trout to be caught.
Eric Snyder never dreamed a 1-20 season could be like this.
The longtime Catasauqua boys’ basketball coach has watched his team practice and play like a team with a 20-1 record instead of their current fate.
It was a refreshing season.
The Roughies captured their lone victory at Pen Argyl Dec. 12 and then dropped 16-straight games.
Despite that, the work ethic remained.
“These guys came to practice and always worked hard,” said Snyder. “The seniors were always there leading and they never blew anything off.
For Paige Kogelman, fate appeared to be in the mix.
Hearing some scuttlebutt about the head softball coach opening at Catasauqua, Kogelman had a chance meeting with Roughies’ athletic director Tom Moll.
From there, the 2013 Catty graduate and former softball standout knew she would be headed back to help the Brown and White.
“I heard about the opening for a while,” said Kogelman. “I knew there still was a need for a head coach. I ran into [Tom] Moll and we started talking about it.
Kenzie Bradley always has accepted a challenge and made the most of it.
While at Catasauqua, Bradley was a successful three-sport athlete, initially in basketball, field hockey and softball, and in the latter shelving softball for track. She has been repeatedly referred to as one of the most talented athletes to wear the Brown and White over the last 20 years.
It was in track where she arguably reached her pinnacle.
They needed these!
After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.
Nathan Rosahac prides himself on working hard on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
The Jim Thorpe senior was recognized for his efforts Sunday night.
Rosahac was honored at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Awards banquet, winning the Albert M. Beneck Memorial Scholarship as the top scholar athlete.