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.
Just the talk of having Liberty reach this weekend's District 11 3A wrestling finals is something that excites head coach Jody Karam.
But at the end of the day, talk is talk and the Hurricanes will have to walk the walk if they want to be the first team in Karam's 20 years to reach the final mat Saturday.
Liberty will take that plunge this weekend when district duals kick off at Freedom on Friday and Saturday.
The goals for Karam's bunch is to make a splash, but how big of a jump the 'Canes can actually make is yet to be seen.
This is the time of year that gears shift in wrestling across the state and for Bethlehem Catholic's program, that means it's time to get some hardware.
The Golden Hawks have a chance to wrap up an undefeated regular season when they take on Freedom tonight in both teams Lehigh Valley Conference finale.
It'll also be an opportunity for Becahi (9-0, 7-0) to claim their second straight LVC title after they defeated Easton 33-24 in front of a raucous Golden Hawk crowd last Saturday night.
Freedom hasn't had the easiest ride in 2013, but the Patriots may have found a moment of reprieve following last weekend's jaunt to Juniata Duals.
The Patriots went 4-1 in the dual meet tournament and took home third place after a lone loss to eventual champion Biglerville.
Freedom lost to Biglerville 44-22 to cast the lone blemish over the weekend.
After a disappointing loss to Northampton last week, followed by a 49-18 defeat to Easton last Wednesday, the Pates (10-7) needed a positive end to the week.
Things aren't fully in place for Liberty's basketball team, but another week on the calendar can hopefully shift the Hurricanes into the right direction.
Liberty (9-5, 6-2) ended last week on a high note by winning two straight after dropping another Lehigh Valley Conference contest in as many weeks, when Central Catholic (13-2) downed the 'Canes 68-56 last Tuesday.
Just days removed from sunny California, Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling team is back to brutally cold temperatures in Pennsylvania.
The Hawks came back from the Battle of the Belt tournament with a second place finish, as Darian Cruz came away with the lone title from Temecula Valley, but the focus now shifts to this week's even more important outlook.
Liberty's wrestling has solidified themselves in the upper tier of the Lehigh Valley Conference with the memorable season the 'Canes have put together.
Sitting at 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the LVC, the 'Canes are enjoying a memorable ride.
That ride continues this week with two marquee bouts on the calendar, in what may be the most exciting week of the season for Liberty.
The Hurricanes host Bethlehem Catholic (7-0, 5-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday and then welcome Freedom (10-7, 1-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
If Bethlehem Catholic got the proverbial 'monkey off their back' last Friday in enjoying their first Lehigh Valley Conference win of the season over Northampton, 76-54, head coach Mike Frew didn't feel any weight lifted off him.
A night removed from a 67-60 overtime victory at Stroudsburg, Frew just knew his team needed to buckle down and thump the struggling Kids (2-10).
Four Hawks were in double digits against the Kids, led by senior center Matt Husek's 19 points and sophomore point guard Freddie Simmons 14.