With warm temperatures, it’s difficult to think about hunting. Even fishing isn’t that good during these times. But come Monday, September 2, the traditional dove and early goose season kicks off.
Since dove are somewhat easier to hunt this time of year, we’ll focus on them as corn and soybean crops are still standing, which makes those fields not conducive to goose hunting methods.
For the Catasauqua football team, the process began.
The young Roughies battled through their season opener against Bangor last week with the kind of moxy head coach Mike McClarin has been seeking, especially on defense.
However, it wasn’t enough in a 34-6 defeat.
“Overall, I thought we played well defensively,” said McClarin. “We had guys flying to the ball. I thought that was the best that we have played defensively in two years.
“It was a good effort.”
With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.
With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.
Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North. With the Week 1 kinks out of the system, let’s see if teams operate smoother this week.
Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.
Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.
So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?
The 12th Annual Rough Riders Golf Tournament was held back on Saturday, June 1, at Iron Lakes Country Club. There were 96 golfers who participated in this year’s tournament, helping raise over $4,200 for the Catasauqua High School Booster Club.
This year’s champions were: Scott Masenheimer, Ian Masenheimer, Rick Kunkle and Kevin Kunkle with a score of -18.
Runners-up were : Josh Huber, Brian Flexer, Steve Kluemper and Joe O’Donnell with a score of -13.
Closest to the Pin (#10) was Jon Kunkle at 8-4.
Closest to the Pin (#13) was Dan Marley at 6-0.
Knowing that it would be his senior season, Adam Reinhart wanted to maximize his effort for his team this fall.
So, he decided to try his hand at quarterback.
“We had some young guys, but it looked like they weren’t going to come out,” said Reinhart. “I wanted to do what was best for the team. I told the coaches that I would play quarterback if they wanted me to.
“I played a little bit when I was younger, but it wasn’t anything serious. I like to run and I believe that I can throw the ball pretty well.”
The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.
While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.
It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.
With temperatures forecast to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.
Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in its first season of the Blue Mountain League (BML). That was back in 2014.
Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.
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.