It's the game of numbers that every wrestling coach plays in their head before they enter the individual postseason.
Qualifying a certain number of wrestlers through each round of the postseason is always an ambitious foray, and for Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites, last weekend's results from the District 11 3A wrestling tournament weren't as bountiful as he thought, but were far from bare.
Whether it was a bout of bad luck or unnerving news from an opponents point of of view, the loss of Bethlehem Catholic's Lauren Hess before Monday's Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball semifinals was important.
Hess, who has been one of the area's top players all season, couldn't play because of an eye infection and the domino effect proceeded.
The Hawks, who swept Emmaus during the regular season, lost in three games Monday night 25-14, 25-23, 25-19 at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
The tragedy that engulfed the Philadelphia Eagles organization Sunday morning was one of shock and sadness with the sudden death of Garrett Reid.
The 29-year-old son of head coach Andy Reid was found unresponsive in a Lehigh University dorm room at 7:20 am Sunday when he was found by an Eagles official.
The aftermath and questions that remain are now part of the puzzle that the Reid family, Eagles organization and fans seek in the wake of a family tragedy.