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....
The Freedom Patriots boys cross country team remained undefeated after scoring a 23-32 victory over Parkland and a 15-45 victory over Whitehall last week.
The Patriots knew how important the five, six, and seven spots would be in clinching the wins, especially over Parkland, and strategized to accomplish just that.
"We thought we could do it, but Parkland is Parkland," said Freedom's Dan Quigley.
Parkland's Trevor Bergen won the race in 16:12, but Quigley finished right...
Jason Roeder preached about consistency in the preseason and after five weeks of football, he's still looking for it.
The head coach of Freedom's football program was left to wonder after his team lost to Nazareth 42-21 last week.
The week prior, Freedom had tossed around Emmaus in a 44-12 affair, only to find themselves on the back foot against Nazareth last week.
Nazareth quarterback Parish Simmons ruffled defensive feathers again, as he threw for 246 yards and three...
Bethlehem Catholic and Emmaus' girls soccer teams have similar win-loss records, so the Hawks were hoping to add a win to that record, but the Hornets held on for the 4-3 victory last week.
Becahi center mid, Bridget Smith said, "I think we had a good mentality. We both beat the same teams. We were confident that it would be a good game, and we definitely had a chance."
The Hornets scored first, but that did not rattle the Hawks as they tied the game with a goal by Becahi...
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...
Liberty and Freedom closed out their tennis seasons on the courts of the Hurricanes, where Liberty won, 5-2.
"It was pretty awesome. We have eight seniors, and we've been together since freshman year. It was bittersweet," said Liberty's number two doubles player, Lizzie Peters.
Freedom won two singles' matches as Flannery Johnston defeated Kaitlyn John, 6-2, 6-3 at number one, and Josie Airoldi defeated Nicole Correll, 6-0, 6-1 at number three.
Liberty won at number two...
The Freedom Patriot girls cross country team just missed a victory over Whitehall with one point separating the two teams last week.
Even though the Patriots lost to the Zephyrs, 28-29, Freedom's Shaina Palmer clinched first place in 19:16. Parkland won the next four spots, followed by a runner from Whitehall.
"They [Parkland] started in a big pack, and I just stayed up there with them, never letting go," said Palmer. "Going up the back, I knew I had to fight through it, and...
Finally, a week of football that wasn't so predictable.
With Easton having a stranglehold on the poll since week one, they got their biggest scare last week in escaping Cottingham Stadium with a victory they never should have gotten, while Parkland continues to surge as they tore up Whitehall. Nazareth is still hanging around and Catasauqua looks to keep their unbeaten status in the Colonial League.
As the season has shifted to October, will the poll change as well?
In most tournaments, golfers are playing to win and second place means about as much as fifth or tenth or last.
The District 11 Championship Qualifying Tournament is a little different. There's not medal for first place, no prize for winning. And for most golfers, 10th place or 15th place feels just as good as first. The only thing that matters is getting through the tournament and advancing to the district championships.
"You're just trying to keep your head on, get the ball...
If you would have asked 10 people prior to last Friday night's Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty football game on who would win, the majority consensus would have said Liberty.
But in reality, opinion means nothing when it comes to deciding results and the Golden Hawks may have earned their most important victory of the Joe Henrich era following last week's 14-13 win over the Hurricanes at Frank Banko Field.
The Hawks' Sean Moroney blocked an extra point with 1:40 left in the fourth...