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.
If there's one thing that you can say about Paul Abi-Daher, it's that he's not afraid to switch things up. Now he hopes his Bethlehem Catholic volleyball can flip the switch on a week before the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball playoffs kick off.
The Golden Hawks (12-3,10-2) will be back at full strength this week as they gear up fore the postseason, following a short stint where Abi-Daher chose to rest some of his top players in preparation for the postseason.
Liberty's field hockey team has a spot in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs locked up heading into this week's final slate of action, but the Hurricanes are looking to finish with momentum following Monday's surprising 1-0 loss to Easton.
Erica Tarsi scored a second half goal for the Rovers (6-9-1) to snap a three-game winning streak by the Hurricanes.
It may not look bright from the outside, but Liberty football coach Dave Brown is about as positive as someone can be with a team looking down the barrel of an 0-6 record as the second week of October approaches.
The Hurricanes fell on the road last week to Central Catholic 42-21 and the name of Colin McDermott stood out again for the Vikings.
McDermott rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns as Central improved to 3-3 on the season, while Liberty keeps searching for their first win.
After an unblemished week of picks, I've come to realize that it's not that hard picking games around here this year.
The reality is that there aren't any super teams in the Valley like we've had in the past in either conference, with Catasauqua being the lone exception of a team that appears to be superior to everyone in their league.
Easton could have two losses on its resume at this point, Parkland looks to be heating up and Central Catholic is making a push in the poll.
Who will take another step toward the playoffs this week? Check out the picks below.
It was a game that got away.
A contest that could have turned things in the right direction for Freedom's football program, but instead it ended in another loss for the Patriots.
Freedom (2-4) had its chances to knock off an undefeated Easton (6-0) squad last week but fell by a 25-21 affair to leave the game asking themselves, "what if?"
After taking a 21-19 lead in the third quarter following two Brian Uliana TD throws to Marcqwell Brown and Petey Hernandez, Freedom made Easton appear beatable, until the Pates helped beat themselves with turnovers of their own.
After accumulating seven wins a year ago, Liberty's volleyball team has already eclipsed that number following Monday night's victory over Stroudsburg.
The Hurricanes knocked off the Mounties in four games 8-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 to push their season total to 8-3 heading into Tuesday night's tilt with Emmaus (8-1).
Liberty started off slow in their first game on Monday at Stroudsburg, by getting blasted out the gym, but came back to sweep Stroudsburg in the next three games to give the 'Canes momentum in a week that also has them taking on Nazareth (7-3).