All good things must come to an end, but for Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team, it was just a bit too early.
The Golden Hawks lost in their PIAA 2A opener last Thursday to Pope John Paul II in four games at William Tennent High School.
The Panthers (19-0) won 27-25, 25-22, 11-25 and 25-16 and kept their undefeated season going by winning their quarterfinal over the weekend against Berks Catholic to advance to yesterday's semifinals.
Not a very shocking week in terms of wins and losses, but Parkland's 41-10 victory over Easton pretty much showed everyone what they needed to know about the Trojans. Clearly, the best team around, but it would be interesting to see what the Rough Riders of Catasaqua could do against the Trojans.
Since district sports are run by computers now, maybe we can assemble a computer generated mock Lehigh Valley championship game?
Now that would be fun. Wouldn't it?
1. Parkland (9-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Might as well just put Parkland in the championship.
When KJ Williams walks away from Liberty High School, being the best wide receiver in school history isn't the only part of the equation. Being a good student, good person and a good teammate were all things Williams mentioned .
Not surprisingly though, Williams, is more than just good on the football field.
Liberty may have walked away with an inferior record to Freedom last Saturday, but you couldn't tell by all the smiles plastered across the faces of the Hurricane faithful.
The Hurricanes turned around a 7-6 halftime deficit with a 29-point third quarter to barrel there way through Freedom 41-14 to force a three-way split for the city championship.
It was Liberty's third win of the season, but the 'Canes (3-7) felt like they came away with more over the last month, when they finished the year 3-1 in their final four games.
It was the conclusion to a long football season last Friday night for Bethlehem Catholic. The Hawks finished out their 2012 campaign with a 42-7 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic.
Vikings running back Colin McDermot stole the show by rushing for a Lehigh Valley Conference record 422 yards, while adding five touchdowns to lead Central (5-5) into the district playoffs.
On the other side of the coin, Becahi struggled through a 1-9 campaign and head coach Joe Henrich fully understands the frustration that everyone related to the program feels.
Well it's finally the postseason and this is the time of year that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, computers have nudged their way into the process of making this fair, as you'll see below with some of the matchups.
But like they say, it is what it is.
1. Parkland (8-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Just goes to show you that power points still are not the answer when determining postseason seedings. It's a travesty that these two teams are playing this week.
The Pick: Parkland 21- Easton 14
2. Whitehall (8-2)
Last week's rank: #2
It's been three years too long since Bethlehem Catholic's last volleyball title, but the girls brought it home Saturday night in sweeping fashion after dismantling Central Catholic in three games 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 in the District 11 2A final.
Lauren Hess led the way again with 15 kills, while Kelsey Mower added nine kills and Julie Kollar had eight kills. Maddie Titus added 40 assists and Jean Titus had 15 digs to lead Becahi to an easier victory over Central this time around, compared to their five game win at Rockne Hall during the regular season.
If there's one thing that Bethlehem Catholic's Ryan Todora wanted to get out of the way before wrestling season, it's having college destination figured out.
Todora, a senior at Becahi, verbally committed to Bloomsburg last week to give head coach Jeff Karam his second Division-I wrestler on the roster.
Senior Darian Cruz committed to Lehigh in August and Todora followed a similar path to finalizing his collegiate path before the season kicks off in two weeks.
Not sure if it's fitting that a hurricane is coming through the week of the Liberty-Freedom football game, but both teams certainly are looking forward to getting past Hurricane Sandy to prepare for their own little football storm inside Frank Banko Field this Saturday afternoon.
The Pates (4-5) and Hurricanes (2-7) will kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday and it's a contest that both sides are pumped for after each receiving wins in week nine of the regular season.
There's more than one forecast prediction for this week outside of Hurricane Sandy and that's the likely meeting in the District 11 2A volleyball championships this Saturday at Whitehall.
Top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic and second-seeded Central Catholic appear to be on a collision course to this weekend's finals, which were moved from Thursday of this week because of the storm that blew through the region early in the week.