Bethlehem's schedule won't give those players a break as they get their legs under them. The Eagles open the season at Colonie " one of the preseason favorites in the South Division " Tuesday, Dec. 2, and then travel to the Niskayuna Invitational Tournament. Bethlehem's first home game isn't until Friday, Dec. 12, when Niskayuna visits Delmar.
Of Bethlehem's first 11 games, seven are against Suburban Council South Division opponents, which suits Irons fine.
"I like (the new divisions)," he said. "We now have two more league games which count toward our Sectional points, instead of a league tournament where the games don't count toward our point totals. So, every game means something."
And though the South Division will be tough, Irons said he believes Bethlehem will be competitive in it.
"I look around at what we have, and I know we've lost a lot (to graduation), but so did a lot of other teams," he said.""