It almost seems like the last two weeks of football was just a formality for Bethlehem Catholic, but the dirty work has been completed and berth in this Saturday’s District 11 4A championship has been booked for the Hawks after handling Pottsville 40-28 Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium.
The win matches Becahi (9-3) with a date against Saucon Valley (10-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Nazareth.
We had a predictable first week of the postseason, but things spice up a bit this week in all classes as the cream rises to the top.
Freedom and Parkland highlight the big boy affair in 6A, while Becahi should keep pounding their way in 4A. Notre Dame is looking for a 3A title, but the second most interesting game of the weekend takes place in Saucon Valley with a Colonial League showdown with Northwestern.
Who will come out on top this week? Check out this week’s picks below.
1. Freedom (10-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Can the Pates get back to normal?
Pressure was a word Freedom football coach Jason Roeder used repeatedly following last week’s 14-7 win over Liberty in the opening round of the District 11 6A playoffs, but it was an accurate noun to describe what the Freedom players, coaches and fans endured for six days following a disappointing loss to the Hurricanes in the regular season finale.
Instead, all that mental and physical stress associated with taking on your arch rival in back-to-back weeks came to a head at BASD last week in a grind it out affair in a torrential downpour.
You don’t need to tell Joe Henrich about proceeding with caution in the District 11 postseason, despite top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic entering the 4A tournament as the unequivocal favorite when they open up postseason play at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium against Blue Mountain.
The Hawks (7-3) have won the last two District 11 4A titles and the eighth-seeded Eagles, coming in at 3-7, don’t likely have a chance for a massive upset this season, but that doesn’t change the Hawks preparation for this week.
Liberty’s volleyball team is the last team standing as the District 11 postseason heads into the semifinal round Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes (15-3) took on top-seeded Emmaus in last night’s semis at Catasauqua, with the results of that contest past Press deadlines.
Liberty easily dispatched Delaware Valley in their playoff opener last week, sweeping them 25-15, 25-13, 25-5 to advance for their first showdown with Emmaus this season.
The District 11 field hockey postseason gets underway this Wednesday and Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic both will be looking to move on in their respective brackets.
The Hurricanes (15-3-2) enter the fourth seed in the 4A tournament and open with tough contest at 7pm Wednesday night at home against fifth-seeded Stroudsburg.
Unfortunately, being a top four seed means the winner of Wednesday’s showdown will most likely take on an undefeated Emmaus (21-0) team in next Monday’s semifinals, should the Hornets dispatch of eighth-seeded Parkland (10-6).
Second chances don’t always come in life, but for Liberty’s volleyball team, they’ll have that opportunity when the District 11 tournament kicks off this Thursday.
Liberty (14-3), who lost to Central Catholic in the opening round of the EPC tournament, takes on Delaware Valley (14-3) in a four-five matchup at home with the hopes of making a run in districts.
The Hurricanes are in the opposite half of the bracket, meaning they’ll likely get a semifinal round battle against top-seeded Emmaus (16-4) should both teams advance.
There are a lot of distractions this time of year for high school football teams as they head into the final week of the regular season. With rivalry week on tilt across the Lehigh Valley, the biggest and best one takes center stage Saturday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium when Freedom and Liberty kickoff at 1 p.m.
After last week’s Miracle in Macungie what does week nine have in store for local football fans?
Not sure anything can top Freedom’s 32-31, overtime win over Emmaus, but this week offers the Hornets another shot at a big game when they travel to Bethlehem Catholic.
Nazareth is quietly moving its way up the poll, while Notre Dame might be the new top dog in the Colonial League.
1. Freedom (8-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
This just seems like a magical year for the Pates. Nine straight wins this week.
The Pick: Freedom 42- Central Catholic 14
When the East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs get underway this week, Liberty will look to win their third straight conference title when the action begins Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes (13-2) are all but guaranteed a top-four seed in the eight team playoff, as they wrap up the regular season Monday night at home against Freedom (11-6).