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Catty hoops team showing promise

If the summer league turnaround is any indication about the regular season, Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder could find himself in a promising situation.

In their games in the Catasauqua and North Catty leagues, the Roughies continue to have a healthy turnout. They are looking to reverse the path of a 1-21 campaign last summer that the majority of the current players undergo their growing pains.

“It has been going well,” said Snyder. “We started a few weeks ago and we have four games in. There has been a good turnout and that should help us.

Senior Jacob Smith has helped set the pace for the relatively young squad. Junior Derek George began to blossom at center last season and he should make an impact. Justin Baehr is the Roughies’ other senior this winter.

“(George) is a good kid and he works so hard,” said Snyder. “Derek (George) has been improving down low and he has to work on his shot. He has the ability to block some shots and grab some boards. If he keeps working during the summer, he can make a big contribution.”

George is among a budding group of juniors who will each have their role in the program. Luke Colon, Damian DiPaolo, Mason Hess, Tanner Laudenslager, Cole Schiffer, Derek Troxell, Jake Velez, Donovan Walakovitz all have been regular during the summer and have provided the Roughies with some necessary depth.

Junior 6-foot-4 Ty Reitz, who also figures to be a factor, has been injured.

Sophomores Jacob Scheirer and Donovan Keys have been seeing playing time.

“This was the class (juniors) that I believe would eventually help us” added Snyder. “They really have a good chemistry and a great work ethic.”

The Roughies will compete in the Cedar Beach Tournament and an inaugural tournament among local schools at the Eastside Youth Center.

Snyder, who has been an active proponent of summer leagues, doesn’t see any reverse of its steady decline.

“The level of competition in the leagues isn’t what it used to be. Nobody wants to run leagues anymore. The younger generation has trouble organizing teams and leagues.”

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