Two strong, senior divers are returning to Liberty's girls team this season, as Rachel Steiner and Brenna McCornac are expected to lead the Hurricanes.
Steiner was a consistent top performer in 11-dive meets last year, placing fourth in the LVC meet, and McCornac placed fifth in districts, also last year.
Coach Jeff Zettlemoyer will also dive Samantha Kincaid and Rachel Finn.
Liberty's boys currently have one diver, freshman, David Darlington.
Freedom High School senior, Kaycee Stoudt, will return to the Patriots diving team as captain for the 2013-2014 season.
Stoudt placed seventh in districts last year, and is expected to be in the hunt for a top spot in districts this season.
Coach Jeff Zettlemoyer believes Stoudt's best dives are her inward dive pike and her front one-and-a-half pike.
Stoudt is currently working on a back one with one-and-a-half twists.
"It's a brand new dive, and she's shaping it up for the season," Zettlemoyer said.
As always, the Liberty Hurricanes will have depth on their side for the 2013-2014 swimming season.
"The boys numbers are really good. The returning kids talked it up to the younger kids," said coach Reik Foust.
The boys team had a 10-3 season last year, and will work to improve upon that.
Key returners will include Sean Vanatta, Brandon Merkert, Evan Smith, Alex Fitch, and Nolan Vanatta.
Parkland, Emmaus, and Freedom expect to be challenges for the Hurricane boys again.
In the short time Liberty girls basketball coach Becky Soto has been with the Hurricanes, Soto has seen a very athletic team with well-educated players who follow direction well.
Although Soto was reluctant to mention names so early in the preseason, Soto expects to have five seniors on the team, one of which is Kali Shumock, an all-conference player.
"I have high expectations [of the Hurricanes]. I'm unlimited," said Soto.
Soto believes that positive reinforcement will go a long way during the 2013-2014 girls basketball season.
Freedom High School's swimming team will consist of a combination of club swimmers and high school swimmers for the 2013-2014 season.
Head coach Jon Larson said, "Freedom is unique in that we have kids from all four major clubs in the Lehigh Valley. That can turn into a tug-of-war between club and high school, but I think it's a perfect balance. High school provides the best competition."
New to the Patriots, Larson is expecting an adjustment period.
"No two coaches coach the same. Training-wise, we're going through terminology, and that takes some time," he said.
Jon Larson has been named Freedom's new head swimming coach, replacing Reik Foust, who has stepped down for work-related reasons.
Larson is also the head coach of Emmaus Aquatic Club, a competitive swimming club in the Lehigh Valley.
"I swam for Freedom myself. Since then, I've been all over the country. I always kept my eye on Freedom, so when the position opened up, it seemed like a good fit," Larson said.
Liberty High School's girls basketball team will be led by new head coach Becky Soto, replacing Amy Yencho who has taken a coaching position at DeSales University.
Soto, who works at Northeast Middle School and coached there for five years, decided it was the right time to come to Liberty.
"It was brought to my attention, and I weighed my options," said Soto, who also coached at Stroudsburg High School for four years.
Freedom High School's girls basketball team will be returning most of its players from last year, as Coach Ron Garza begins his second season with the Patriots.
Kelly Rosette, Brenna Dosedlo, Tori McCaslin, and Ashley Husser are expected to lead the Patriots as seniors and returning players.
Juniors include Taylor Garza and Gia Erie, also returners, and Allison McCready. Tahlia Suggs is the only sophomore on the team, and freshmen, Mackenzie Herman and Jaiden Coyne, will also suit up for varsity.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team will look similar to that of last year's state finalist team, returning most players for a total of 11 on the varsity roster.
Although Kalista Walters and Janelle Robinson will be returning to the starting lineup, Nicole Lacherza is unavailable for competition at this time due to an injury.
Also returning are Gabby Reiman, Danielle Griffin, Nia Mims, Jordan Jones, and Alexa Foloweiler.
New to the Hawks are Easton transfer, Maggie Melhem, volleyball player, Jess Attieh, and freshman, Jessa Zamolyi.
Bethlehem resident and Catholic University of America freshman, Mary Paige Nesfeder, was named Second Team All-Landmark for women's volleyball for the 2013 season.
Nesfeder, an outside hitter, started every match and played every game this year, accumulating 401 kills, third in the Landmark Conference. The Cardinal freshman also totaled 386 digs, a team-high 55 service aces, 35 blocks, and nine assists over 38 matches played.