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
Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.
"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.
A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.
Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.
For the second year in a row, Freedom's boys' cross country team won the Lion Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
"It was a very good start to the season. I'm very pleased," said Freedom coach Bob Thear.
Chris Kelly led the boys' team with a second place finish in Class AAA, third place overall, in 16:53.
"After it settled in, I was really happy with our team's performance. 'Champions' is nice to say. It really shows what we can do," Kelly said. "My goal was to break 17, and once I saw I did that, I was really, really, really happy."
Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, took second place in Class AAA and fifth place overall at the Lions Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "It was a good start for her. She was only 15 seconds off her personal record, but even with that, she's in a great position."
Palmer finished the race in 20:26.
Palmer said, "I was a little disappointed with my time. I was kind of tired, and I have allergies right now, and it was hot. I could have done better."
It wasn't how Joe Henrich thought the 2012 Bethlehem Catholic football season would start for the Golden Hawks when they opened with a 35-26 loss to Pocono Mountain West last Friday night at Notre Dame-Green Pond.
But after trailing 21-6 at halftime, a fire from Becahi's players was prevalent, which was something that hasn't been seen in awhile from the brown and gold.
The Hawks (0-1) battled back to draw within 28-26 in the fourth quarter after quarterback Anthony Trapani found Chris Figler on a 71-yard throw, but the needed two-point conversion for Becahi was no good.