Things are clear for Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball program, as the Hawks have a firm grip on the LVC's East division heading into the last week of the season.
Becahi sits at 9-6 overall and 9-3 in league play to have clinched an LVC playoff berth with threegames left this week.
They kept that trend moving forward Monday night, knocking off Liberty (8-8, 5-7) in four games 25-20, 26-24, 26-28, 25-9. They squared off against Notre Dame Green Pond last night before rounding out the East division trek against Freedom (5-9, 5-7) tonight and Easton on Friday.
Joe Henrich made things very clear for his football team as they huddled following last week's 48-27 defeat at Whitehall.
A week after storming back to knock off Liberty, Becahi couldn't defend in the first half, missed opportunities in the second half to grab momentum and ultimately lost to a Zephyr team that took care of business in all facets of the game.
The loss dropped the Hawks to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the LVC, while Whitehall (5-1, 4-1) continued their impressive start to the season, by opening up a 27-20 halftime lead en route to victory.
A lineup change during overtime resulted in a winning goal for Bethlehem Catholic last week, as Marisa Iannelli scored for the Hawks with six minutes remaining in their game against the Liberty Hurricanes.
Iannelli, a senior defender, said, "I was pushed up to midfield for overtime to help with the attack. Once I realized no one was marking me on the throw-in, I called for the ball. I had a lot of room to shoot. It looked like slow motion, and it looked like [Amelia Sapirman, the Liberty goalkeeper] thought it was going out of bounds."
As predicted, Freedom and Liberty's girls cross country teams battled it out for an end-of-season victory over their neighboring rival, resulting in a 26-29 win for the Patriots last week.
The Patriots also defeated Allen (15-50) and Dieruff (19-45), and the Hurricanes were victorious over Allen (15-50) and Dieruff (20-43).
Winning the race at Illick's Mill in 19:55 was Freedom junior, Shaina Palmer.
It was a ceremony fit for a king and that's exactly how Liberty treated Chuck Bednarik during a ceremony last Friday afternoon to honor the Hall of Fame NFL player.
Bednarik, a 1943 Liberty graduate, who went on to star at the University of Pennsylvania and for the Philadelphia Eagles, was honored in a special event organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in partnership with Allstate titled "Hometown Hall of Famers" to honor members of the hall of fame across the country.
Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
Cross country runners, Roberto Marrero and Will Alpaugh, have been running together for weeks, pacing each other, sharing tips when appropriate, and consistently placing well in dual meets.
Both, however, are neighboring rivals. Marrero is a Liberty senior, and Alpaugh is a Freedom sophomore.
As the cross country season progressed, Marrero and Alpaugh found themselves relatively even in dual meets, using that to push each other and themselves.
By PETER CAR
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference officially has some new friends.
LVIAC president Chris Schiffert and Mountain Valley Conference president Jeff Sodl held a conference call Wednesday morning to announce that the six current members of the MVC are set to join the LVC, beginning the 2014-2015 calendar year.
The six schools that will join the already 12-team LVC include Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley.
Freedom tennis player, Kayleigh DiNoto, did her homework and saw it pay off with a silver medal at number two singles in the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"It's good. It's nice, and it's really exciting," DiNoto said.
DiNoto's first match ended in an 8-4 victory over Bethlehem Catholic's Emily Hozza.
"I was consistent, and that was good," DiNoto said.
Expecting a tough match from her second opponent, Catherine Garrity of Emmaus, DiNoto learned Garrity's style of play.
All the pieces came together for Liberty tennis player, Samantha Peterson, when the Hurricane sophomore won the silver medal at number one singles in the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"I just kind of went for it no matter what. My ground strokes, in general, and my forehand were good today," Peterson said.
Peterson began the day with an 8-3 victory over Northampton's Leah Hodge.
"I played pretty consistent [against Hodge]," she said.