If you would have asked 10 people prior to last Friday night's Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty football game on who would win, the majority consensus would have said Liberty.
But in reality, opinion means nothing when it comes to deciding results and the Golden Hawks may have earned their most important victory of the Joe Henrich era following last week's 14-13 win over the Hurricanes at Frank Banko Field.
The Hawks' Sean Moroney blocked an extra point with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter to maintain a one-point advantage that eventually led to their first win of the season.
In most tournaments, golfers are playing to win and second place means about as much as fifth or tenth or last.
The District 11 Championship Qualifying Tournament is a little different. There's not medal for first place, no prize for winning. And for most golfers, 10th place or 15th place feels just as good as first. The only thing that matters is getting through the tournament and advancing to the district championships.
Finally, a week of football that wasn't so predictable.
With Easton having a stranglehold on the poll since week one, they got their biggest scare last week in escaping Cottingham Stadium with a victory they never should have gotten, while Parkland continues to surge as they tore up Whitehall. Nazareth is still hanging around and Catasauqua looks to keep their unbeaten status in the Colonial League.
As the season has shifted to October, will the poll change as well?
1. Easton (5-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Are the Rovers vulnerable or did they just lose focus?
Mitch Racosky isn't going to let two bad holes bring him down.
The Liberty senior was near the top of the Lehigh Valley Conference Golf Championship leaderboard heading into the final holes.
He was three over par before bogeys on holes 16 and 17 led to a 6-over par 78 Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course.
"I definitely played better than what the score reflects," Racosky said. "I bogeyed two of the last three holes. I could have been in a tie for second place if I would have just parred the last three holes."
The Freedom Patriots scored a 2-0 soccer victory over Northampton last week, but arguably as impressive was their 1-0 loss to the undefeated Parkland Trojans.
"We fought real hard. It was sad we couldn't get the win. Baidy [Ba] almost knocked a shot in early. I was proud of the way we played," said Freedom defender, Patrick Eaton.
The Patriots held the Trojans scoreless for the first half and for most of the second.
The Liberty Hurricanes aren't going to take it anymore.
Coming off a recent loss to Freedom and a tie with Central Catholic, the Hurricanes are planning to take charge of the rest of the 2012 soccer season.
Last week, Liberty scored eight goals in a shutout against Dieruff.
"The goals are good. It showed we can score, but we were more impressed by the way we moved the ball. We weren't chasing it, but we were controlling it and moving as a team," said Liberty defender, Ian Larimer.
It was fair to say that Liberty's field hockey team made history Monday when they defeated field hockey powerhouse Emmaus 1-0.
Chelsea DeFrancisco scored the game-winner in overtime with 4:55 left to give Liberty the monumental victory.
It was the first time head coach Mary Kathryn Omdahl knocked off Emmaus in her fourteen years as head coach of the program and it was the first league loss by Emmaus in 139 games, dating back to 2003 when they lost to Parkland.
A double overtime victory for Freedom's girls soccer team gave the Patriots the confidence they were looking for in a 2-1 win over Wilson last week.
"It was the best we played all year. We definitely connected a lot more. We definitely understood the passing of the game. It wasn't just a kick and run kind of thing," said midfielder, Molly Magnan.
Magnan had the assist on the winning goal, scored by Carli Markle.
"We got a corner, and I crossed it in, and then she took the shot. It was right outside the 18," Magnan said.
At that point, only 50 seconds remained.
It was quite the historic week for local sports in Bethlehem, as Liberty's field hockey team defeated Emmaus on Monday (see below story), but Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team started the historic trend last week when they knocked off Central Catholic for the first time in 15 years last Tuesday.
Head coach Paul Abi-Daher and his team were informed of the winless drought against Vikettes and decided to do something about it in a five game marathon at Rockne Hall.
The feeling of frustration is apparent at Bethlehem Catholic and an 0-4 start to the football season isn't the only reason.
The Hawks fell to Northampton last Friday night 35-6 at Notre Dame-Green Pond to spoil their Homecoming celebration, but also leave head coach Joe Henrich with a feeling of helplessness during his team's fourth straight defeat of the season and tenth straight overall dating back to last season.