Becca Herman's first-ever home run at the varsity level lifted Freedom over Liberty last week, 6-2.
"It felt really good. It felt good to get them early in the season," said Herman.
The Freedom shortstop's homer was hit between leftfield and center. Earlier in the game, Herman hit a double in the same spot.
Freedom leftfielder, Dana Pollock, who had been misidentified as Dana Morgan in the Bethlehem Press last month, was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Bethlehem Catholic handed Northampton its first tennis loss in the Lehigh Valley Conference, defeating the Konkrete Kids, 5-2, last Tuesday.
For the Hawks, it was the doubles teams that pulled through for the victory.
Becahi's Kevin Hamilton and Stephen Rossi avenged their losses at number one singles and number two singles, respectively, to win at number one doubles, 6-2, 6-3, against Northampton's Geoff Rybitski and Josh Schoenberger.
At number two doubles, Paolo Turco and Marcin Boraganli defeated Andrew Burger and Tyler Nicholas, 7-6, 6-3.
Liberty's girls and boys track and field teams, both currently 2-0, had recent victories over Northampton and Allen last week.
The Lady Hurricanes defeated Northampton, 91-58, and Allen, 113-36.
Although the K-Kids took first place in all sprinting and distance events, the Hurricanes came back with first place wins in all relays.
Bethlehem Catholic received its first challenge of the season from the Easton Red Rovers, but the Hawks landed on top, 2-0, last Friday.
"We played fine, but we didn't hit the ball like we can, and we'll work on that. The Easton pitcher [Taylor Barna] kept us off balance," said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.
Scoreless until the sixth inning, Becahi shortstop, Emily Brandstetter, hit a double and scored on a single by catcher, Jean Markovic.
Bethlehem Catholic's track and field team is in for a big change this season as the Hawks will now compete in Class AAA, up from Class AA.
Coach Gary Mohylsky said, "Obviously, it's wrong because we lost enrollment, but there are so many charter schools now. That's what did it, the charter schools, but we have to deal with it."
Although the Hawks have plenty of athletes returning, they also have a fair share of newcomers.
That's how Freedom's number two singles player, Bill Leeson, remembered his match against Central's Gabriel Velez in the Patriots 4-3 victory over the Vikings last Tuesday.
In one of two matches that went to three sets, Leeson won the first against Velez, 6-4, before dropping the second, 4-6.
"I was actually up 4-3 and managed to give away the next three games. Gabe, he was relentless. A lot of our games went to deuce, and he managed enough of those to get the win," Leeson said.
Leeson, however, came back in the third set to win it 6-4 and the match.
Eleven strikeouts and a grand slam for Bethlehem Catholic was more than enough to carry the Hawks to an 11-1 victory over Liberty last Thursday.
Becahi catcher, Jean Markovic, who hit two home runs including the grand slam, said, "We just settled in and played our game."
The Hawks scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning when Lauren Visconti scored on a single by Jackie DeSarro.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Markovic hit a grand slam on the first pitch.
Bethlehem Catholic's boys' tennis team worked hard last summer and played through the winter, setting the table for a season to look forward to.
"We're pretty excited. They improved, and they're really into their tennis," said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Although the Hawks' line-up may change, Harmanos has senior, Kevin Hamilton, at number one singles, and senior, Stephen Rossi, at number two singles.
"They're very close," Harmanos said.
Sophomore, Luke Mesko, who played doubles last year, will play at number three singles.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team may already be ahead of the game after a successful preseason scrimmage against Pen Argyl, Friday's 13-6 victory over Pleasant Valley, and Saturday's 13-2 win over Salisbury, showing that the Hawks are headed in the right direction for the 2013 season.
Becahi has the good fortune of returning six seniors: first baseman, Courtney Dupont, second baseman, Jackie DeSarro, third baseman, Kate Yanders, pitcher, Joelle Morey, left fielder, Lauren Visconti, and right fielder, Marissa Merriman.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team celebrated the highs and embraced the lows over the course of the 2012-2013 season, creating one of the most successful teams in the school's history.
Even before the season began, opposing coaches thought the Hawks would be a team with which they would have to contend - and they were right.