It'll be another notch in Liberty's field hockey belt this week when they take part in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, but what will it mean in the end?
Hopefully for the Hurricanes, it means another step toward chasing a championship this season.
The 'Canes (12-5-1) took on Northampton in yesterday's LVC semifinals, which are past our Press deadlines, but Mary Kathryn Omdahl's side hopes they can reach their first ever conference championship after making their first ever league playoff tournament.
If there's one thing that you can say about Paul Abi-Daher, it's that he's not afraid to switch things up. Now he hopes his Bethlehem Catholic volleyball can flip the switch on a week before the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball playoffs kick off.
The Golden Hawks (12-3,10-2) will be back at full strength this week as they gear up fore the postseason, following a short stint where Abi-Daher chose to rest some of his top players in preparation for the postseason.
Liberty's field hockey team has a spot in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs locked up heading into this week's final slate of action, but the Hurricanes are looking to finish with momentum following Monday's surprising 1-0 loss to Easton.
Erica Tarsi scored a second half goal for the Rovers (6-9-1) to snap a three-game winning streak by the Hurricanes.
It may not look bright from the outside, but Liberty football coach Dave Brown is about as positive as someone can be with a team looking down the barrel of an 0-6 record as the second week of October approaches.
The Hurricanes fell on the road last week to Central Catholic 42-21 and the name of Colin McDermott stood out again for the Vikings.
McDermott rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns as Central improved to 3-3 on the season, while Liberty keeps searching for their first win.
After an unblemished week of picks, I've come to realize that it's not that hard picking games around here this year.
The reality is that there aren't any super teams in the Valley like we've had in the past in either conference, with Catasauqua being the lone exception of a team that appears to be superior to everyone in their league.
Easton could have two losses on its resume at this point, Parkland looks to be heating up and Central Catholic is making a push in the poll.
Who will take another step toward the playoffs this week? Check out the picks below.
It was a game that got away.
A contest that could have turned things in the right direction for Freedom's football program, but instead it ended in another loss for the Patriots.
Freedom (2-4) had its chances to knock off an undefeated Easton (6-0) squad last week but fell by a 25-21 affair to leave the game asking themselves, "what if?"
After taking a 21-19 lead in the third quarter following two Brian Uliana TD throws to Marcqwell Brown and Petey Hernandez, Freedom made Easton appear beatable, until the Pates helped beat themselves with turnovers of their own.
After accumulating seven wins a year ago, Liberty's volleyball team has already eclipsed that number following Monday night's victory over Stroudsburg.
The Hurricanes knocked off the Mounties in four games 8-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 to push their season total to 8-3 heading into Tuesday night's tilt with Emmaus (8-1).
Liberty started off slow in their first game on Monday at Stroudsburg, by getting blasted out the gym, but came back to sweep Stroudsburg in the next three games to give the 'Canes momentum in a week that also has them taking on Nazareth (7-3).
Jason Roeder preached about consistency in the preseason and after five weeks of football, he's still looking for it.
The head coach of Freedom's football program was left to wonder after his team lost to Nazareth 42-21 last week.
The week prior, Freedom had tossed around Emmaus in a 44-12 affair, only to find themselves on the back foot against Nazareth last week.
If you would have asked 10 people prior to last Friday night's Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty football game on who would win, the majority consensus would have said Liberty.
But in reality, opinion means nothing when it comes to deciding results and the Golden Hawks may have earned their most important victory of the Joe Henrich era following last week's 14-13 win over the Hurricanes at Frank Banko Field.
The Hawks' Sean Moroney blocked an extra point with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter to maintain a one-point advantage that eventually led to their first win of the season.
Finally, a week of football that wasn't so predictable.
With Easton having a stranglehold on the poll since week one, they got their biggest scare last week in escaping Cottingham Stadium with a victory they never should have gotten, while Parkland continues to surge as they tore up Whitehall. Nazareth is still hanging around and Catasauqua looks to keep their unbeaten status in the Colonial League.
As the season has shifted to October, will the poll change as well?
1. Easton (5-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Are the Rovers vulnerable or did they just lose focus?