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Catty boys looking for some more victories

Catasauqua is back in the basketball pendulum again. Another series of games recently swung in another direction.

After they had played three consecutive days in as many days, the Rough Riders had their scheduled games at Salisbury Tuesday and Whitehall Wednesday postponed due to the recent snowfall. There is a game against Lehighton hanging in the balance.

Now, the Roughies are scheduled to play Salisbury Wednesday, at Lehighton Friday, and Whitehall Saturday.

The Roughies, who began the week with a 3-8 record, are still battling for a possible league spot as well as securing a possible home game in districts.

District 11 recently announced that all teams will be in the postseason tournament beginning with pigtail-round games.

“We have to get games in when we can,” said Roughies’ head coach Eric Snyder. “It was a good move to allow every team into districts because of the kind of season we have. We would like to pick up some wins heading into districts to get some momentum. We think we have a good shot at leagues.

“We play Lehighton on Friday because Lehighton was supposed to play Panther Valley Friday, Panther Valley has COVID issues.

“You just don’t know when we could be shut down. So, we have to play them when we can get them in. It’s a difficult year for everyone.”

Derek Troxell knows that feeling.

The senior entered the season 297 points shy of the 1,000-career point plateau. He missed two games because of a shoulder injury, and began the week needing 123 points to reach the mark.

Troxell tallied 11 against Northwestern, 24 against Pen Argyl, and 20 against Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg last week. He is playing with a shoulder brace.

“He’s working hard, and he doesn’t have full range of motion,” added Snyder. “He’s still very good.

“Northwestern had a box-and-one on him. But we have to shoot better. We are playing hard, yet we’re missing shots and layups.”

Troxell has been enduring the process.

“The shoulder is doing good,” he said. “The brace is tough to play in, but I do my best out there. Playing three games in a row was tiring and tough for us. It was good to get a win out of the three.

“We are hoping to get into the league playoffs, and everyone will be in the district tournament. So hopefully that playoff mentality kicks in and helps us get some wins.”

Jakob Velez and the Roughs are hoping to make the league playoffs before districts.
Press photos by Linda Rothrock Cole Schiffer and the Catty boys are hoping to get some more wins this season.