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.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls' soccer team scored two victories over their neighboring rivals last week, with a 7-0 win over Liberty on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Freedom on Friday.
The Hawks, under new head coach, Chris Bastidas, are focusing on their game with the hope of getting to district playoffs by the end of the regular season.
"I think it's going really well. Our positivity is better. Our coach is very knowledgeable, and I think he can move us forward," said Abby Guman.
It wasn't pretty, but at the end of the day in sports, winning isn't always a masterpiece of art.
That was the case last Friday night when Freedom held on for a 24-20 victory over Central Catholic at Frank Banko Field. It marked the first victory of the season for the Pates (1-1, 1-0) and helped give them a lift into a tough matchup with Whitehall (1-1, 1-0) this weekend.
With his team's season in the final stretch of the season, Bethlehem Catholic head golf coach Tim McGorry can take solace in more than a few situations.
"We're having a good year," said the veteran coach, whose club began the week with an overall 10-2 slate. "We have a few matches left and I've been happy with the way the kids have performed. We played the two best team in the league lately and we lost by more than a few strokes.
"But we do have plenty of situations in our favor for the future."
The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.
Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."
By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.
"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some singles wins which was nice because we struggled the first two matches," said Schnalzer.
After week one of football, what did we learn? That a lot of our local teams lost.
Not that we have to hit the panic button just yet, but it wasn't your typical start to the season. Three of the top-five teams started with losses and will be looking for redemption.
Southern Lehigh, one of the favored teams to compete for the Colonial League title, is already out of the poll after a disappointing week one and Northampton makes a surprise splash after its upset win.
Who else moved around and who's favored in week two?
Check out the poll below:
1. Easton (1-0)
If you're looking for ways to increase your mental toughness, focus and discipline, Jason Brader, a Bethlehem native and owner of FASST Performance, will be holding his Clutch Performance Clinic on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at his facility.
Former Liberty and Northwestern University quarterback Dan Persa will be the highlight of the 90-minute session as he'll talk about his tenure as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats, as well as his battle with injuries and the recovery process he's going through in hope of landing a spot in an NFL training camp next season.
The Becahi golf team split a recent match, falling to Emmaus but beating Parkland.
The Hawks totaled a 377, six shots more than Emmaus' 371. The Trojans had a 403.
Nick Maff lead the way for Becahi carding a team-best 70. JT Barker and Jason Matuczinski each had a 74.
The Hornets Kyle Wambold led the way with a 67 while Chad Hess of Parkland led his team with a 71.
Kyle Wambold, 67
Grant Schumaker, 71
Carlos Fullerton, 76
Mike Lessel, 76
Chris Erb, 81
Nick Maff, 70
JT Barker, 74