Tough lessons were learned last week for the likes of Bethlehem Catholic, who have fallen from the top five. Emmaus keeps teaching us to not overlook their workmanlike approach to the game, while the top three teams in the poll seemed to have taken their feet off the gas pedals last week.
Let's see if teams can turn up the heat as week eight approaches.
1. Parkland (6-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Could be the game of the week.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Becahi 21
2. Easton (6-1)
Last week's rank: 2
Two teams going in different directions.
The Whitehall field hockey regular season came to a wet conclusion last week as they met Parkland High School on a soggy turf with the hope of still qualifying for the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs.
But the Trojans threw a damp blanket over those plans, edging the Zephs 4-1 at the Zephyr Sports Complex to end their 2013 regular season.
After the Zephyrs reeled off eight consecutive wins, they stumbled a bit at the end, losing 2-1 to the Blue Eagles before that final loss to the Trojans. That leaves them at 11-7 as they head into the District 11 playoffs.
Whitehall's boys cross country team took fifth place with 120 points, and Whitehall's girls cross country team took sixth place with 168 points at the Lehigh Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal.
Whitehall junior Gabe Lamm finished the race in sixth place in 17:13, coming in first for the Zephyrs.
"The start was fast. I got up to second, and was there from the mile to the one-and-a-half mile. The pack I was with in the beginning caught up on the hills, and they got away from me on the S turns," Lamm said.
Unlike the previous two seasons, Whitehall's girls' soccer team recently ended its regular season with little fanfare. However, there are a handful of players who remember when the end of the regular season two years ago was just the igniter for a run to the state championship game.
Last season, the Zephyrs didn't make the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs and were eventually eliminated in the district playoffs.
This season, Whitehall split their final four regular season games and finished with an overall 10-8 mark, earning them a district berth next week.
Shelly Laudenslager expects an intense battle when four women's powder puff football teams take to the field in Hokendauqua.
More importantly, though, women will be playing for a fight toward a worthy national cause during the month.
Teams from Catasauqua, Emmaus, Hokendauqua, and Northampton will participate in the third annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff games at the Bob Warke Fields in Hokendauqua this Sunday.
The regular season came to a close last Wednesday for the Whitehall girls volleyball team, ending their 2013 campaign that featured a return to the postseason.
With that berth secure, it's now just a waiting game as they prepare for the District XI tourney that begins Oct. 24.
Their final game was against Parkland High School who entered the match undefeated. The Trojans retained their unblemished status, sweeping the Zephs 25-12, 25-11, 25-16.
While the Zephyrs walked out of J. Birney Crum Stadium with a win last Friday night, head coach Brian Gilbert felt the game served as a cautionary tale.
"It was a lot of missed opportunities, that's the headline," said Gilbert after their 28-19 win over Allentown Central Catholic High School. "We didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had."
After advancing to last year's regionals golf tournament, Whitehall's Loran Pritchard had similar visions as this season's District 11 Golf Championships got underway.
However, in large part to severe weather conditions on Monday that postponed the remainder of the tournament until early Tuesday, Pritchard's score through 10 holes on Monday put her in too much of a hole to make a second straight regional appearance.
The Federal government may have shut down last week, but the Golden Hawks defense couldn't pull the same trick on the Zephyr offense with quarterback Jeff Charles presiding over the 48-27 victory last Friday.
The Zephs relied on a crisp passing attack that rolled up 194 yards, and then supplemented that aerial assault with 254 yards on the ground to pull away in the second half for their fifth win of the season.
To commemorate and recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day (Oct. 28), which, unfortunately, is not on many calendars, Harold Luther, Retail Manager at Cabela's Hamburg, invited 20 kids who are enrolled in Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, to a European-type tower hunt at Clover Hollow Farms in Slatington.
The 20 children had 20 mentors accompanying them, some with trained field dogs who retrieved downed birds for the young hunters.