The District 11 3A wrestling tournament is always a spin on the roulette wheel.
Liberty and Freedom just hope the work they put in throughout the season pays off when things kickoff at Memorial Gymnasium this weekend.
Both programs have aspirations of bringing home a district champion and those duties will be rested upon Liberty senior Grimaldi Gonzalez (126) and Freedom senior Evan Kauffman (220).
Both figure to be the top dogs in their respective weight classes and both are looking to find themselves back in the finals, just like last year.
The top priority for Bethlehem Catholic's 2012-2013 season has been fulfilled, but they aren't done yet.
The Golden Hawks defeated Easton last Saturday 65-62 to clinch a berth in the District 11 3A tournament.
This year's 3A bracket may be one of the most competitive in recent history, with Central Catholic (20-2) leading the way, along with the likes of an upstart Wilson (21-1).
Pottsville (18-4) and Blue Mountain (18-4) are always capable of throwing a wrench in a team's plan, but Becahi (11-10) isn't worried about that yet.
When a team is hot and confidence is rolling, there really aren't any boundaries on what you can accomplish.
And when Freedom takes the court tonight at Easton Area Middle School for the opening night of the Lehigh Valley Conference basketball tournament, it'll be a chance for the Patriots to make amends for not winning the league crown a year ago.
Freedom (15-7, 10-4) enters the tournament as the third-seed and open with second-seeded Parkland (15-5, 11-2) at 6 p.m. tonight in the LVC semifinals.
Remember all that media hype leading up to the Super Bowl?
The constant topics on ESPN for two weeks on every facet of the game. The Har-bowl brothers storylines. The deer antler controversy. Anything the media can conjure up to fill time for the big game was all part of the process.
What do you hear about the Ravens or 49ers right now?
They came. They saw. They conquered.
Yes, Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling team did it again in Hershey, dismantling the competition en route to a 43-16 victory over Reynolds Saturday afternoon in the PIAA 3A state championship.
It was the signature win that Bethlehem Catholic has been looking for over the past several years and now the Hawks have to see if it makes a difference down the stretch course of this season.
Becahi moved a game within clinching their first district playoff berth since the 2006-2007 season after knocking off Liberty 57-40 last Friday night.
The win pushed the Hawks to 10-9 on the season, but more importantly, may have given them the confidence boost needed in order to solidify a district berth with a victory in one of their next three contests.
Jody Karam admitted that his wrestling team probably competed above their heads during the course of the regular season.
That finally caught up with Liberty last weekend when they lost to Parkland 53-13 in the District 11 3A team wrestling championship semifinals at Freedom.
Parkland won 11 of 14 bouts against the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon, five of which came via fall and two from technical falls, in a bout that Liberty looked overmatched.
It wasn't a surprise to anyone that Bethlehem Catholic left Freedom Saturday night with their third straight District 11 2A championship.
The Hawks crushed the competition in all three bouts, capping off their dominant weekend with a 53-9 victory over Saucon Valley in the finals.
As head coach Jeff Karam enjoyed another championship, it was evident that no matter how easy it looked for Becahi over the course of two days, the end result of claiming another piece of hardware was still memorable.
John Truby celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday and he couldn't have gotten a better present than what the Bethlehem Area School District gave him at their monthly board meeting that night.
Truby was approved to become the next head football coach at Liberty, ending a month of speculation about one of the hottest vacancies the Lehigh Valley Conference has to offer.
"If this is what your 30s have to offer, I can't wait to turn 31," said Truby. "It's a humbling experience and an honor to be the next head coach at Liberty. I'm really excited to start working with the kids."
It was a good start to the day for Bethlehem at the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland on Sunday, but the tournament ended with a loss to another Bethlehem school.
Liberty kicked things off Sunday afternoon with a 54-46 victory over Council Rock North, getting a small dose of revenge on their District One counterparts, after the Indians eliminated Liberty from the second round of the state playoffs two years ago.
For head coach Chad Landis, it wasn't much about revenge, but rather gaining their second straight non-league victory over a high-caliber opponent.