Bethlehem won't be able to test itself outside of the Suburban Council, as all non-league games have been eliminated from this year's schedule as part of a statewide cost-cutting initiative proposed by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
"It's tough. We used to go to Oneonta for a tournament every year, where we'd usually play against some of the best teams in the state," said Rogan. "But the alternative is to cut some programs, so it's better this way. The girls will be fine."
But with a slew of challengers within the Suburban Council including Shenendehowa, Shaker and Niskayuna, Bethlehem will have a lot on its plate as it aims for a return trip to states.
"This has been a very dedicated group, and that's why they're on this run," said Rogan. "We've had some luck along the way, too."
The Lady Eagles opened their season Tuesday against Averill Park. They host Mohonasen Thursday in a Suburban Council South Division game.""