It hasn't been the easiest start to the season for Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team, but things appear to be turning around.
The Golden Hawks took three straight games from Freedom Monday night to shore up their record back to .500 at 2-2 overall following two straight victories.
After starting the season 0-2 following losses to state ranked opponents Parkland and Southern Lehigh, things seem to be settling down a little for the Hawks.
In the first of two regular season meetings, Liberty's boys soccer team hung on to defeat Freedom 1-0 on Monday night.
Hurricane sophomore, Colin Muller, headed a ball on an assist by senior, Chris Ebersole, in the final minutes of the first half.
Ebersole said, "I tried to place it in the 18, and fortunately, it got to the six. Colin had a great header."
At the time, Muller was running to the post.
"As the ball came, I knew it was for me, and I headed it to the keeper. We practiced that for days," said Muller.
It was a poor second week for myself as Parkland and Emmaus laid major eggs in the weekly picks.
However, it's a feel good story for Bethlehem Catholic garnering a major win for the program, as well as Palisades showing they won't be run over this year.
East Stroudsburg South makes an appearance as well, as the bottom half of the poll is up for grabs.
Here goes this week's picks!
1. Easton (2-0)
Last week's rank: 2
Rovers seem to have cemented themselves here.
The Pick: Easton 42, Becahi 13
2. Whitehall (2-0)
Last week's rank: 3
Freddie Simmons was set up as the lone deep man on Bethlehem Catholic's kickoff return formation. The rest of the Golden Hawks were up near midfield in preparation for a possible onside kick.
Simmons glanced up at the scoreboard and saw only 1:53 remaining in the game and his team trailing 29-26 as Emmaus just returned a Michael McDaniel fumble 66 yards for a touchdown.
Simmons knew something had to be done.
A 1-1 tie in Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer season opener against Liberty resulted in some uncertainty for the Hawks last week, but their 5-1 victory over Freedom on Saturday would give them the boost of confidence they needed, heading into this week's games.
Mackenzie Bento, who scored two goals for Becahi against the Patriots said, "After Liberty, we were unsure where we stood. It was our first game, there were a lot of nerves, and their goalie was really good. Going into this [Freedom] game, we were a little shakey. We needed this."
Shaina Palmer took a risk that paid off during Freedom's first LVC cross country meet, as the Patriots won one and lost one, defeating Central Catholic 23-34 and losing to Emmaus 27-32 last Tuesday at the course at Illick's Mill.
Palmer led the Patriots with a time of 20:02, followed by Olivia Salerno, who placed fourth, and Bridget Tarnowski, who placed sixth.
The Liberty Hurricanes won a close victory over the Allen Canaries, 4-3, in girls tennis last Friday.
At number one singles, Liberty sophomore, Samantha Peterson, defeated Jelena Bajic 6-2, 4-6, 7-6.
"After the first set, I was pretty confident in how I was doing. I was up 3-0 in the second set, but then I lost focus and lost the second set," Peterson said.
Jason Roeder doesn't look at it as pressure on his football team to get their first win of the season out of the way.
Thankfully, the Patriots got that first victory last week over Central Catholic in a 14-7 battle.
Jared O'Donnell intercepted a pass early in the fourth and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to hold on for the win.
Quarterback Jonah Gundrum connected with Kylon Pretty on a 35-yard TD strike midway through the third quarter to give Freedom their other score of the night, as Roeder and company walked off J.Birney Crum's new turf with a 1-1 season mark.
With 1:56 left in regulation, chances were that Liberty had won its rivalry game over Freedom in girls soccer on Monday afternoon, but Patriot freshman, Kerry Callaghan, took a pass from Giselle Sanchez to tie the game 1-1, eventually forcing it to overtime where Freedom prevailed 2-1.
Callaghan said, "When Liberty had their injury, [one of our coaches] Katerina yelled at us to crash that net and go right into the goalie."
Actually, it was Sanchez who had been doing just that all day, and right before Callaghan scored, Sanchez took a shot that went wide.
There were numerous times that Liberty's football team had 10 men on the field last Friday night against Whitehall.
But the one time they had 12 players on the field, it proved to be the costliest for the Hurricanes amid a 28-19 home loss.
Whitehall's Saquon Barkley, who verbally committed to Rutgers a day after the Liberty contest, showed the area why he's an elite talent, roasting the Liberty defense for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries to lead Whitehall to a 2-0 start.