The feeling of frustration is apparent at Bethlehem Catholic and an 0-4 start to the football season isn't the only reason.
The Hawks fell to Northampton last Friday night 35-6 at Notre Dame-Green Pond to spoil their Homecoming celebration, but also leave head coach Joe Henrich with a feeling of helplessness during his team's fourth straight defeat of the season and tenth straight overall dating back to last season.
Consistency is the key to many aspects of success in life and that's something Jason Roeder is looking for from his Freedom football team at the moment.
The Pates fell to 1-2 on the season following last Friday's 42-21 loss at Whitehall.
One thing that will be consistent for Roeder and company in the future is facing difficult opposition the next three weeks, starting with this Friday's home tilt against an undefeated Emmaus (3-0) team.
It's only taken two years, but Liberty's volleyball team has taken off under head coach Missy Lynn's direction. In year two of running the program, Lynn has the Hurricanes off to a stellar start at 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Lehigh Valley Conference play.
Now they hope to keep their winning momentum going forward this week with matches against Parkland on Tuesday and Allen on Thursday, as Liberty looks to keep pace with division and league leaders Bethlehem Catholic (5-1, 4-0).
There is no panic button in Joe Henrich's repertoire. The resurgence of Bethlehem Catholic's football program was never going to be an overnight venture, so as 2012 has kicked off another season of football, the Hawks (0-3) are still waiting for their first victory of the young season.
Becahi suffered a 48-14 setback at Easton last week, but that isn't the focus of Henrich's scope at the moment.
Improvement is the focal point for Becahi.
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
It shouldn't have been a surprise to see Liberty and Nazareth go into a scoring shootout last week at Frank Banko Field.
But what may have been surprising was the play of freshman quarterback Doug Erney.
Liberty lost a thrilling 49-42 contest and there is no room for consolation prizes in sports, but Erney filled in quite admirably for injured senior QB Derek Byrd.
If there was a big win on Monday's field hockey slate, it was Liberty's 2-1 overtime victory over Easton. The Hurricanes (3-2) used a pair of goals from Chelsea DeFrancisco to trump the Rovers (1-2) to put them ahead of the division with division victories over Easton and Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a victory that head coach Mary Kathryn-Omdahl knew her team was capable of attaining.
Two weeks into the poll and the shuffling has continued. Easton and Whitehall stay atop of the poll, but Nazareth is creeping their way into the action. In the Colonial League, Catasauqua continues their surge for a consecutive week as the Rough Riders look to be the best team in the league thus far.
After a perfect week in picks, let's see if the mojo continues when week three kicks off Friday night.
1. Easton (2-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Rovers won't have much trouble this week.
The Pick: Easton 42- Bethlehem Catholic 7
2. Whitehall (1-1)
Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team isn't hitting all cylinders yet, but the Hawks have been pretty good in their 3-0 start to the season. The Hawks polished off their third straight three-game sweep of the year Monday night when they took down Freedom 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 to bolster their undefeated mark.
Head coach Paul Abi-Daher knows that his team needs to iron some kinks, but he's happy with the way things have been going in his first year at the helm.
It wasn't pretty, but at the end of the day in sports, winning isn't always a masterpiece of art.
That was the case last Friday night when Freedom held on for a 24-20 victory over Central Catholic at Frank Banko Field. It marked the first victory of the season for the Pates (1-1, 1-0) and helped give them a lift into a tough matchup with Whitehall (1-1, 1-0) this weekend.