There's more than one forecast prediction for this week outside of Hurricane Sandy and that's the likely meeting in the District 11 2A volleyball championships this Saturday at Whitehall.
Top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic and second-seeded Central Catholic appear to be on a collision course to this weekend's finals, which were moved from Thursday of this week because of the storm that blew through the region early in the week.
The Freedom Patriot boys cross country team earned the final jewel in the crown, becoming District XI Class AAA champions last week, after also winning an LVC Championship and a 2012 Dual Meet Championship earlier this month.
"We were definitely on edge, but we were ready for this. It's just the perfect way to go out. It's so great that it caught on with this group of guys. It's the culmination of talent and hard work," said Freedom captain, Robbie Bogardo.
The Patriots took first place with 65 points. Parkland was second with 79.
Finally, after nine weeks of the poll, we have a new king at the top and rightly so. Easton's slow demise, coupled with Parkland's rapid rise since week three of the season finally came to a head last week with the Rovers falling for the first time this season.
Whitehall makes a small jump as well, while Nazareth takes a nose dive in the poll.
With one week of action before districts, let's see who gears up for the postseason in the right way.
1. Parkland (7-2)
Last week's rank: #2
Trojans look to stay on top of their throne.
After just missing a district playoff berth last season, Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer team not only made districts this year, but won its first district playoff game in school history with a 4-0 victory over Notre Dame East Stroudsburg last Thursday.
"We are so happy. It's been frustrating the last few years," said Becahi forward, Brighde Foley.
Under first-year head coach, Chris Bastidas, the Hawks scored the first goal of the game in the last three minutes of the first half.
When you're sitting with a 1-6 record in mid-October, you have more problems to deal with other than X's and O's. That's exactly the dilemma Joe Henrich is dealing with as Bethlehem Catholic's football team suffered through another defeat last week at the hands of Nazareth during a 30-0 loss.
With Parkland (5-2) on the agenda this week for the Hawks, facing the hottest team in the district isn't what the doctor ordered, but it's what the Hawks have to deal with.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer team scored a 5-0 victory over Freedom last week, and for the first time in several years, beat both the Patriots and Liberty twice in the same season. They also clinched a District 11 playoff berth Monday afternoon.
"We like to win against people in our own city," said Becahi forward, Brighde Foley.
Foley scored two goals against the Patriots, Mackenzie Bento scored two goals, and Abby Guman scored one.
Foley's first goal came in the first half on an assist from Guman.
A late fourth quarter drive for Emmaus in the game's final moments capped off a string of 19-unanswered points to put the Hornets (4-3 overall; 3-3 in LVC) up 22-21 against Liberty (1-6 overall; 1-5 in LVC) during last Friday night's contest at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Hornets took their first lead of the game since leading 3-0 in the first quarter off a touchdown pass with just 48.8 seconds remaining, and the momentum had suddenly swung away from the Hurricanes.
But the Hurricanes never lost hope with just under a minute to play.
Freedom's boys cross country team protected its perfect season record with victories over Liberty, Allen, and Dieruff last week.
Freedom senior cross country runner, Robbie Bogardo, said, "It's amazing. Our cross country team has never done that well. It's unreal."
The Patriots topped the Hurricanes, 15-48, the Huskies, 15-50, and the Canaries, 15-50.
"We lost two of our best runners from last year, and we had a lot of kids come out of nowhere, and they've really excelled and supported the team. It's awesome," said Bogardo.
When Liberty defender, Ian Larimer, prepared for his penalty kick against Easton last week, the Hurricane senior experienced a case of deja vu.
Earlier this season, a penalty kick by Larimer resulted in a 2-1 victory over the Red Rovers. Last week, Larimer's kick resulted in the same score and ultimately, another victory over Easton.
"I had a feeling this keeper would remember, and he started to edge toward one side, so I went the other way," said Larimer. "I got mobbed."
The penalty involved Liberty's Ryan Santoro who had the ball and was hauled down from behind.
Colin McDermott of Central Catholic rushed for 289 yards against Liberty to take the area lead with 1,131 yards for the season. McDermott now has 61 career touchdowns (tied with Dan Tavani of Notre Dame) to put him in 16th place in the area. He is 3 TDs behind school record holder Rashonn Drayton, who scored 64 from 1992-94. McDermott moves up four spots on the all-area list to 15th place with 4,311 yards. He moved by Darren Mason (Lib), Jonathan Linton (Catty), Brett Snyder (NW) and Matt Thomas (Park).