It was the conclusion to a long football season last Friday night for Bethlehem Catholic. The Hawks finished out their 2012 campaign with a 42-7 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic.
Vikings running back Colin McDermot stole the show by rushing for a Lehigh Valley Conference record 422 yards, while adding five touchdowns to lead Central (5-5) into the district playoffs.
On the other side of the coin, Becahi struggled through a 1-9 campaign and head coach Joe Henrich fully understands the frustration that everyone related to the program feels.
Well it's finally the postseason and this is the time of year that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, computers have nudged their way into the process of making this fair, as you'll see below with some of the matchups.
But like they say, it is what it is.
1. Parkland (8-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Just goes to show you that power points still are not the answer when determining postseason seedings. It's a travesty that these two teams are playing this week.
The Pick: Parkland 21- Easton 14
2. Whitehall (8-2)
Last week's rank: #2
It's been three years too long since Bethlehem Catholic's last volleyball title, but the girls brought it home Saturday night in sweeping fashion after dismantling Central Catholic in three games 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 in the District 11 2A final.
Lauren Hess led the way again with 15 kills, while Kelsey Mower added nine kills and Julie Kollar had eight kills. Maddie Titus added 40 assists and Jean Titus had 15 digs to lead Becahi to an easier victory over Central this time around, compared to their five game win at Rockne Hall during the regular season.
If there's one thing that Bethlehem Catholic's Ryan Todora wanted to get out of the way before wrestling season, it's having college destination figured out.
Todora, a senior at Becahi, verbally committed to Bloomsburg last week to give head coach Jeff Karam his second Division-I wrestler on the roster.
Senior Darian Cruz committed to Lehigh in August and Todora followed a similar path to finalizing his collegiate path before the season kicks off in two weeks.
Not sure if it's fitting that a hurricane is coming through the week of the Liberty-Freedom football game, but both teams certainly are looking forward to getting past Hurricane Sandy to prepare for their own little football storm inside Frank Banko Field this Saturday afternoon.
The Pates (4-5) and Hurricanes (2-7) will kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday and it's a contest that both sides are pumped for after each receiving wins in week nine of the regular season.
There's more than one forecast prediction for this week outside of Hurricane Sandy and that's the likely meeting in the District 11 2A volleyball championships this Saturday at Whitehall.
Top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic and second-seeded Central Catholic appear to be on a collision course to this weekend's finals, which were moved from Thursday of this week because of the storm that blew through the region early in the week.
Finally, after nine weeks of the poll, we have a new king at the top and rightly so. Easton's slow demise, coupled with Parkland's rapid rise since week three of the season finally came to a head last week with the Rovers falling for the first time this season.
Whitehall makes a small jump as well, while Nazareth takes a nose dive in the poll.
With one week of action before districts, let's see who gears up for the postseason in the right way.
1. Parkland (7-2)
Last week's rank: #2
Trojans look to stay on top of their throne.
When you're sitting with a 1-6 record in mid-October, you have more problems to deal with other than X's and O's. That's exactly the dilemma Joe Henrich is dealing with as Bethlehem Catholic's football team suffered through another defeat last week at the hands of Nazareth during a 30-0 loss.
With Parkland (5-2) on the agenda this week for the Hawks, facing the hottest team in the district isn't what the doctor ordered, but it's what the Hawks have to deal with.
As the season continues to dwindle down to its final weeks, it still doesn't feel like things are settled with the big boys of the Lehigh Valley Conference. The top four teams in the poll appear to only real contenders for the district crown, but Parkland's emerging dominance appears to be superior of anyone around.
On the flip side, Catasauqua is riding their way into a possible undefeated season, while Stroudsburg jumps back into the poll because there's nobody else worthy of a spot.
Yes, I was pulling at straws this week to fill out a worthy poll, but here it is!
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.