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.
Bethlehem Catholic's tennis team survived a close match with Emmaus last week, defeating the Hornets, 4-3.
"We get pretty excited [about Emmaus] every year because it's a bigger school, and they're always tough for us," said Allison Barczynski, the Hawks' number three singles player.
Barczynski won the only three-set match of the day, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
"There was a lot of pressure to win because Mara [Blanchard] lost, and I wasn't sure what the doubles would do," Barczynski said.
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.
Liberty High School head golf coach Steve Bradley believes his club still can reach their recently desired goal as they begin the final stretch of the regular season.
The Hurricanes recently dropped a 405-415 match to Bethlehem Catholic and were in the throngs of struggling through matches against Lehigh Valley Conference title contenders Parkland, Emmaus, and Northampton, a stretch that left them with an overall 3-6 mark.
Against Bethlehem Catholic, Mitch Racosky fired an 80 and Kevin Zakszesky netted an 81. Bradley expects both players to excel down the stretch.
Revenge was sweet for Liberty last Friday when the Hurricanes defeated Easton, 2-1.
"Easton is always a good game. It was nice getting the win," said Sean McIntyre, recalling Liberty's late-in-the-season, 3-2 loss to the Red Rovers last year. "We really didn't know what to expect because they lost Gabe Robinson [to graduation] and had some different kids this year."
Tressor Butoyi scored for the Hurricanes in the first period on an assist by McIntyre, as did Matt Semanick for the Red Rovers on an assist by Sean Davis.
With Freedom's singles players scoring victories over their opponents from Nazareth last Wednesday, the Patriots would need one doubles team to step up, allowing Freedom to clinch a 4-3 win over the Blue Eagles.
In a three-set match, Freedom's Elizabeth McCarthy and Lizzy Nottmeier defeated Nazareth's Megan Parsons and Mihkayla Stefanik, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
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.
Despite a shift in Bethlehem Catholic's girls' tennis lineup, the Hawks defeated Nazareth last Thursday by a score of 4-3.
Becahi senior,Julia Atiyeh, is currently undefeated at number two doubles, along with partner Taylor Treadwell, presently on the sidelines until this week or next. Last week, Atiyeh partnered with Ally Setcavage, defeating Megan Parsons and Mikayla Stefanik, 6-1, 6-3.
"It was different, but we're good friends, and we adjusted. We only had one practice [together], but Ally stepped it up really well. She had good ground strokes today," said Atiyeh.