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.
A week ago the Bethlehem Catholic volleyball team took the opening game in dominant fashion 25-18 over defending state champ Parkland. The Golden Hawks would lose the next three, but were in each one.
Becahi (10-2) bounced back, however, in a matchup of two of the top three teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference last Thursday night, defeating Emmaus 26-24, 25-19, 25-23.
Senior outside hitter Lauren Hess led the way with 19 kills. Hess was seemingly anywhere and everywhere Maddie Titus set the ball.
Becahi's Nina Kopy, Emily Hozza, and Alex Madison won bronze at the LVC Tennis Championships at Parkland.
Kopy took third at two singles, and Hozza and Madison took third at four doubles.
"I was excited and a little nervous. I kept trying to be aggressive and avoid making my own mistakes," said Kopy.
After a first-round bye, Kopy defeated Central's Josie Airoldi, 8-0.
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.
Since last year's LVC Tennis Tournament, Bethlehem Catholic's Julia Atiyeh and Taylor Treadwell have been on a win streak at number two doubles, and clinched their second gold medal at this year's LVC tournament after defeating Northampton's Maureen Weaver and Leah Hodge, 10-8, last Monday.
"It's more for the team, winning it for the team more than ourselves," said Atiyeh.
The Becahi duo knew the Nothampton pair would give them their toughest challenge.
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 she [Nicole Albertson of Parkland] fell off."
Albertson finished in second place in 19:30.
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 singles as Samantha Peterson defeated Kayleigh DiNoto, 6-2, 6-2.
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).
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 forward Abby Guman.
Guman went on to score another goal, and Smith added one of her own.
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.