One thing was evident in the eyes of Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball head coach Michael Frew from the beginning of last week's game against Emmaus - the Hornets wanted it just that much more.
The Hornets (9-8 overall; 7-3 in LVC) jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, and were never severely threatened from that point on en route to their 66-52 victory over the Hawks (8-9 overall; 2-8 in LVC) last Thursday night.
Freedom's girls swimming team was defeated by Easton, 56-46, last week, but not without a fight.
"There were a lot of little things in that meet, a lot of [close races]," said Patriot captain, Molly Magnan.
The Red Rovers opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, and the Patriots placed second. Easton also won the 200 free relay with Freedom close behind, but in the third and final relay, Shannon Howell, Brooke Munion, Carly DelFranco, and Helen Hsu combined to outswim Easton in the 400 free relay in 3:43.56.
Freedom's boys swim team scored another victory last week with a 64-37 win over Easton.
"We're one of the least deep teams, but to have the record we have and do what we do is really amazing," said Freedom's Peter Conzola.
The Patriot boys have only two losses to swimming powerhouses Parkland and Emmaus.
In Freedom's meet against Easton, Scott DelFranco, Eric Lawrence, Conzola, and Connor Harrigan began with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.30.
Just the talk of having Liberty reach this weekend's District 11 3A wrestling finals is something that excites head coach Jody Karam.
But at the end of the day, talk is talk and the Hurricanes will have to walk the walk if they want to be the first team in Karam's 20 years to reach the final mat Saturday.
Liberty will take that plunge this weekend when district duals kick off at Freedom on Friday and Saturday.
The goals for Karam's bunch is to make a splash, but how big of a jump the 'Canes can actually make is yet to be seen.
This is the time of year that gears shift in wrestling across the state and for Bethlehem Catholic's program, that means it's time to get some hardware.
The Golden Hawks have a chance to wrap up an undefeated regular season when they take on Freedom tonight in both teams Lehigh Valley Conference finale.
It'll also be an opportunity for Becahi (9-0, 7-0) to claim their second straight LVC title after they defeated Easton 33-24 in front of a raucous Golden Hawk crowd last Saturday night.
One of the goals for the Freedom Patriots this season is to improve on last year's record of four wins, and with back-to-back victories last week, the Patriots are on their way.
Freedom defeated Northampton, 41-35, last Tuesday, and Wilson, 41-28, last Thursday.
"We kind of came out slow [against Northampton], but we knew it was our game," said Freedom guard, Brenna Dosedlo.
The Patriots came back from an 18-13 deficit at halftime, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth.
Four of Freedom's five starters were plagued with foul trouble at some point in the game that forced them to sit, including the backcourt of Nigel Long and Maceo Connor. Even with the sometimes lack of their offensive facilitators, the Patriots never backed down and traded shot for shot with Parkland. But, the Trojans just got the better of them winning 53-50 last Friday night at Parkland on their senior night.
Senior Nyreef Jackson scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, but had to play cautious for most of the second half with four fouls.
Freedom hasn't had the easiest ride in 2013, but the Patriots may have found a moment of reprieve following last weekend's jaunt to Juniata Duals.
The Patriots went 4-1 in the dual meet tournament and took home third place after a lone loss to eventual champion Biglerville.
Freedom lost to Biglerville 44-22 to cast the lone blemish over the weekend.
After a disappointing loss to Northampton last week, followed by a 49-18 defeat to Easton last Wednesday, the Pates (10-7) needed a positive end to the week.
Things aren't fully in place for Liberty's basketball team, but another week on the calendar can hopefully shift the Hurricanes into the right direction.
Liberty (9-5, 6-2) ended last week on a high note by winning two straight after dropping another Lehigh Valley Conference contest in as many weeks, when Central Catholic (13-2) downed the 'Canes 68-56 last Tuesday.
Liberty's girls swimmers scored two victories last week, 146-39 over Allen, and 111-58 over Northampton. Their record improved to 5-0 in the LVC, 8-0 overall.
The Canes won all events against Allen.
Lydia Csatari, Shannon Hogan, Laura Parks, and Grace Walters won the 200 medley relay in 2:08.94.
Emily Cecchini was first in the 200 free in 2:09.30, and the 100 breast in 1:16.07, Madison Sauers took first in the 200 IM in 2:22.92, and Jocelyn Baker won the 50 free in 26.96, and the 100 free in 58.21.
Victoria Carter won diving with 180.05 points.