It's only taken two years, but Liberty's volleyball team has taken off under head coach Missy Lynn's direction. In year two of running the program, Lynn has the Hurricanes off to a stellar start at 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Lehigh Valley Conference play.
Now they hope to keep their winning momentum going forward this week with matches against Parkland on Tuesday and Allen on Thursday, as Liberty looks to keep pace with division and league leaders Bethlehem Catholic (5-1, 4-0).
There is no panic button in Joe Henrich's repertoire. The resurgence of Bethlehem Catholic's football program was never going to be an overnight venture, so as 2012 has kicked off another season of football, the Hawks (0-3) are still waiting for their first victory of the young season.
Becahi suffered a 48-14 setback at Easton last week, but that isn't the focus of Henrich's scope at the moment.
Improvement is the focal point for Becahi.
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
It shouldn't have been a surprise to see Liberty and Nazareth go into a scoring shootout last week at Frank Banko Field.
But what may have been surprising was the play of freshman quarterback Doug Erney.
Liberty lost a thrilling 49-42 contest and there is no room for consolation prizes in sports, but Erney filled in quite admirably for injured senior QB Derek Byrd.
If there was a big win on Monday's field hockey slate, it was Liberty's 2-1 overtime victory over Easton. The Hurricanes (3-2) used a pair of goals from Chelsea DeFrancisco to trump the Rovers (1-2) to put them ahead of the division with division victories over Easton and Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a victory that head coach Mary Kathryn-Omdahl knew her team was capable of attaining.
Two weeks into the poll and the shuffling has continued. Easton and Whitehall stay atop of the poll, but Nazareth is creeping their way into the action. In the Colonial League, Catasauqua continues their surge for a consecutive week as the Rough Riders look to be the best team in the league thus far.
After a perfect week in picks, let's see if the mojo continues when week three kicks off Friday night.
1. Easton (2-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Rovers won't have much trouble this week.
The Pick: Easton 42- Bethlehem Catholic 7
2. Whitehall (1-1)
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.