Most Lehigh Valley Conference coaches knew it could be a wide-open race this year in volleyball and Freedom's John Yanek was part of that gospel.
With the LVC playing its way out with no clear front-runner, Yanek's Patriots now have their sights set on knocking off one of the top teams in the coming weeks.
The Pates (5-4, 3-3), winners of four out of their last five, enter a difficult stretch this week with contests against Parkland (5-1, 5-1) and Whitehall (3-3, 3-3) on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
It has been a tough spring for Bethlehem's lacrosse teams across the board.
The girls programs at Liberty and Freedom are off to tough starts at 3-7 and 1-8 respectively.
The boys programs have showed signs of success through Freedom's upstart 6-5 start to the season, but Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are still trying to find their rudders in the water this season.
The Hurricanes are 1-9 and Becahi is still searching their first victory of the year during an 0-10 start to the campaign.
It was the proverbial kick in the butt that Becahi needed following a stunning loss to Northampton a week ago that had the Lehigh Valley Conference buzzing.
The Hawks (5-2,5-2) lost in five games last week to Northampton 16-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 11-15. It was a shocker and the first time the K-Kids ever defeated Becahi.
But in any moment of defeat, an opportunity to rise follows. The Hawks did that over the weekend at the prestigious Koller Classic, getting a runner-up finish to eventual champion North Allegheny.
Liberty walked away from the Christopher Dock tournament without the title, but with some added perspective at where they stand as they head into the second half of the season.
The Hurricanes finished 5-3 in pool play and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals, before losing to North Penn in a one game playoff, 28-26.
It was a good trip for Neiad Ammary's group after a slow week that featured a three-game sweep over Allen25-16, 25-13, 25-17in the team's only official contest of the week.
Results worked out in Bethlehem Catholic's favor a week ago on the diamond, but each week is a new spring chapter and the Hawks script for this week is more of a horror plot.
Becahi (4-7-1, 3-5) got much needed wins over Northampton and Nazareth last week to keep them hovering around the .500 mark, but Whitehall started this week off in a manner the Hawks didn't want.
The Zephyrs (12-1, 7-1) took down the Hawks 14-1 Monday to continue their torrent streak through the season.
Liberty knew that a loss to Freedom last Friday night at Coca-Cola Park would mean a hole in the division.
The Patriots entered the contest undefeated in the Lehigh Valley Conference and had a one-game lead over Liberty.
A loss would have meant an early two-game hole that nobody on the Hurricanes roster wanted to deal with.
Ed Albertson assured that wouldn't happen for the Hurricanes, as he picked up his third win of the season following a 6-0 win over their rivals in a Friday nightcap.
It was a chance for Liberty to see what they could do against another top tier Lehigh Valley Conference opponent, but this time the Hurricanes couldn't figure things out until it was too late.
With a win over Bethlehem Catholic under their belts this season, the 'Canes took on an undefeated Parkland squad last Thursday with their sights of truly cementing themselves as the top team in the league this season.
By night's end, that wasn't their fate, as Parkland (6-0, 5-0) swept all three games25-22, 25-14, 33-31to stay atop the LVC landscape and knock Liberty down a peg.
Michael Bounassi might be a name that many of the youth in the Bethlehem Area School District may not be familiar with, but he is arguably one of the most important figures BASD has ever had.
The former teacher, coach and athletic director at Liberty passed away on March 30 at the age of 89. He'll be someone that's remembered for his 34 years of teaching in the school district, his pride in his Italian heritage, the competitor he was, the coach he became, but more importantly, the role model he was to everyone that came in contact with him.
It's been a tough season for Bethlehem Catholic so far and it got even more difficult last week.
The Hawks suffered their second loss of the week, when Easton pulled out a 4-3 victory Friday evening at Coca-Cola Park.
Malin Loebsack knocked in the game winning run with two outs to spoil the Hawks day on the IronPigs turf, as well as end any momentum Becahi had after Thursday's 2-1 win over Central Catholic.
The Hawks sit at 2-6-1 on the year and head coach Mike Grasso knows things need to change quickly in order for the Hawks to salvage their season.
Korey Ream knew that Freedom's girls' lacrosse team needed to be pulled together if they wanted success this season.
Ream has slowly been doing that as the Patriots stood at 2-4 as of this week in their second season of lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Patriots have knocked off Liberty and Central Catholic for their two league wins, including last week's 10-8 victory over the Hurricanes.
Now they'll try and keep building off that moving forward.