Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Bilder paces Catty past Pen Argyl

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the early part of the season, Zach Bilder was a mainstay on the mound for Catasauqua in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League.

However, Bilder left the team in the middle of the season to join his Legion squad.

To their credit, Bilder made a timely return in the opening round of the playoffs.

Bilder tossed a complete-game three hitter and recorded 12 strikeouts to lead Catasauqua to a 3-1 victory over Pen Argyl Monday night.

With the win, Catty will advance to meet Northampton in the second round, single-elimination game Wednesday evening.

Lower Mac ends Coplay’s year

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Legion baseball season ended in the playoffs last week, capping a season that was marked by numerous games in a short amount of time.

Manager Jim Murphy knew it would be an uphill battle against Lower Macungie without his full complement of players. He said that he had just nine players for the July 6th game, but they did the best they could before succumbing to Lower Mac, 4-1.

Legion advances past Birches

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton legion teams.

Last Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season meeting extended longer than seven innings.

Northampton tops Birches to advance

Friday, July 7, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Extra innings are nothing new to both Birches and Northampton Legion teams.

Wednesday night saw Game 2 of a best-of-three series turn into an extra inning game.

This time however, Northampton only needed one more extra frame to score a 5-4 win over Birches to advance to the next round in Northampton County (NORCO) Legion playoff action.

Northampton manager Mike Bodnar expected nothing less against Birches, especially playing on the same field where a regular season meeting extended longer than seven innings.

Outdoors: Area fishing scenes are looking pretty good

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the Fourth of July holiday this week, many Lehigh Valley folks take off and many go fishing. As such, here’s a rundown on what’s been happening on local waters.

Willie from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River is fishing good for almost everything. Big trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch and fallfish. Sizeable smallmouth are readily taking leeches. In fact, Willie recalls taking his grandson down to the falls in Cementon last summer and every cast his grandson took a fish with a leech.

Pluchinsky, Stires named Colonial Academic All-Stars

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Seniors Dani Pluchinsky and John Stires have been selected as Catasauqua High School’s Colonial League Academic All-Stars for the 2016-17 school year.

Both students were honored, along with student-athletes from the other 12 Colonial League schools, at the Colonial League Academic All-Star Breakfast that was held at the Green Pond Country Club.

Dani was ranked fifth out of 110 with a grade-point average of 96.61. She is a three-year letter winner in both cross-country and softball, and a four-year letter winner as a boys basketball manager.

Playoffs up next for Coplay

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Baseball great Ernie Banks famously said let’s play two, but with the way this season has unfolded for the Coplay Legion team, doubleheaders have become routine for them since the season started.

Bad weather struck over the weekend, forcing more cancellations. They played another doubleheader on Sunday, with this twin bill featuring league-leading Salisbury.

They lost both games of the doubleheader, dropping their record to 10-5-1. With those two losses, they finished the regular season in third place behind Northern Valley and Salisbury.

Reightler retires as Catty track coach

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past 25 years, Glenn Reightler literally has a sea of memories as Catasauqua’s head track and field coach, recalling interesting individuals as well as district champions. It’s a litany of both boys’ and girls’ standouts, many in the track portion of the program that was his specialty as an assistant coach under legendary head coach Will Strein.

With Reightler retiring from his teaching position at the high school, Reightler also will not return to the program for the 2018 season.

Hannah Edwards returns to Valley

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Hannah Edwards is coming home.

The former Catasauqua standout who rewrote the Roughies’ softball record books, as well as numerous state records in a storied high school career, is returning to the Lehigh Valley to continue her collegiate career at Lehigh University next season.

Edwards spent her freshman season at the University of Pittsburgh last season where she hit .274 with 15 runs, three triples, and 11 stolen bases in 43 games.

However, the two-time Pennsylvania Player of the Year didn’t see her Pitt experience as a good fit.