On paper, Catasauqua’s 1-2 start may not be that impressive. But the Roughies have been making some initial strides that should provide some worthy dividends down the road.
Catty began the season with a hard-fought, 8-6 defeat to Northwestern, and then suffered a 4-0 shutout to Colonial League favorite Notre Dame. They bounced back with an impressive 3-1 victory over Saucon Valley Monday.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
Mother Nature put the kibosh to the southeastern trout opener with Friday’s heavy rain. As a result, all local streams and creeks were running high, fast and muddy. Even Leaser Lake was cold and off-colored.
My trout opener travels took me first to the Little Lehigh by the Covered Bridge in Lehigh Parkway off 24th St.
For Corey Raysely, the waiting truly has been the hardest part.
The Catasauqua junior is extremely anxious to begin the baseball season. Despite looming rain issues, he will get his wish when the Roughies open the 2017 campaign this week in Colonial league action.
It couldn’t come any sooner as Raysely has been ready since the football season ended. Raysely is ecstatic about several issues, one mainly dealing with the addition of 18 pounds to his 5-foot-10, 120-pound frame as a wide receiver and shortstop for the Roughies’ programs.
After they missed the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s baseball team appears ready to take the initial steps toward getting back to the postseason.
A good start would certainly help. The Roughies took the nod and didn’t waste any time.
Catty had its final tuneup before the regular season as they scrimmaged Liberty March 25. The two teams played eight innings and the Roughies lost a tight 6-4 battle.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
While a win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night would have been a giant leap toward the playoffs, the Phantoms at least took another step toward the playoffs with yet another come-from-behind win over Binghamton Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
The banks of local streams and creeks will be lined with anglers come Saturday, April 1, when the regional trout fishing opener kicks off in 18 southeastern counties. The crowds will resemble a celebration of sorts as anglers, many with families young and old, try their luck to catch a few recently stocked trout.
If you have a boat, canoe, kayak or float tube, you may want to join the bank fishermen at Leaser Lake as it too has been stocked and is the only fish species in the lake that can legally be kept.
With some welcomed depth and a strong returning unit, Catasauqua’s track program will look to further climb the ladder this spring.
The Roughies have nearly 60 athletes in their camp, a number that is relatively higher than normal. Yet, they will not have experience on their side in many events.
“We have been looking good so far,” said head coach Glen Reightler. “We do have quite a few underclassmen that will look to get better later in the season. But our numbers haven’t been this high in a few years. That’s a good sign for us.
The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.