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.
After week one of football, what did we learn? That a lot of our local teams lost.
Not that we have to hit the panic button just yet, but it wasn't your typical start to the season. Three of the top-five teams started with losses and will be looking for redemption.
Southern Lehigh, one of the favored teams to compete for the Colonial League title, is already out of the poll after a disappointing week one and Northampton makes a surprise splash after its upset win.
Who else moved around and who's favored in week two?
Check out the poll below:
1. Easton (1-0)
If you're looking for ways to increase your mental toughness, focus and discipline, Jason Brader, a Bethlehem native and owner of FASST Performance, will be holding his Clutch Performance Clinic on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at his facility.
Former Liberty and Northwestern University quarterback Dan Persa will be the highlight of the 90-minute session as he'll talk about his tenure as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats, as well as his battle with injuries and the recovery process he's going through in hope of landing a spot in an NFL training camp next season.
It wasn't how Joe Henrich thought the 2012 Bethlehem Catholic football season would start for the Golden Hawks when they opened with a 35-26 loss to Pocono Mountain West last Friday night at Notre Dame-Green Pond.
But after trailing 21-6 at halftime, a fire from Becahi's players was prevalent, which was something that hasn't been seen in awhile from the brown and gold.
The Hawks (0-1) battled back to draw within 28-26 in the fourth quarter after quarterback Anthony Trapani found Chris Figler on a 71-yard throw, but the needed two-point conversion for Becahi was no good.
Bethlehem Catholic wrestler Darian Cruz is on the verge of picking his college destination very shortly before he enters his senior year at Becahi.
Cruz, a 106-pound state champion last March at the PIAA 2A tournament in Hershey, has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Lehigh and Oklahoma State according to Hawks head coach Jeff Karam.
"I think he's going to make a decision in the matter of the next few days," said Karam, who spoke about the situation on Monday. "He wants to get the decision out of the way and he's got some very good options."
The first day of the fall sports season generally means the start of the school year, so if Monday meant anything for schools across the state of Pennsylvania, it would probably translate into the summer being over.
For coaches throughout the Valley though, this is the exciting time of year where players get back together and test their fitness, skill and desire in preparation for season openers nearly three weeks away.
Matt Husek didn't have a timetable to pick his future college destination, but he's glad it's over with now.
The upcoming Bethlehem Catholic senior decided to continue his basketball exploits at Holy Cross when he verbally committed last week.
The 6-foot-11 center has grown three inches from last season, when he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Husek figures to be a major factor this season for the Hawks, who are coming off a 5-17 season under head coach Mike Frew, who enters his second year at the helm.
The opening day of fall sports isn't just a preparation period for coaches and athletes in Bethlehem.
Fred Harris, the athletic director for the Bethlehem Area School District, had more complicated issues to deal with this year as he welcomes his second term of running Freedom's and Liberty's sports programs.
The addition of girls' soccer to the fall has come with trepidation from many and Harris is just the latest AD that has to deal with the new found set of circumstances surrounding the surplus of another fall sport.
Summer league basketball can be defined in various ways in terms of importance for the upcoming season, but you'll never hear a coach be dissapointed in his team having more opportunities to play.
Liberty has that chance this week as they rolled into the semifinals of the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach.
The Hurricanes took on Dieruff in one of the semifinals, while Central Catholic and Emmaus battled in the other semifinal.
Liberty head coach Chad Landis didn't expect his team to be playing this late in the year, but takes it with open arms.