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.
Freedom High School has announced the appointment of Nora Borger as the new head girls softball coach.
Borger had been the Patriots' assistant coach since 2008, and was the assistant junior varsity coach at Emmaus High School.
A 2002 graduate of Robert Morris University, Borger was a member of the softball team there, and she was also a starter on the 1996 Northampton Senior High School PIAA State Championship softball team.
This past winter, Borger conducted winter work-outs twice a week for the Patriots.
If the pregame of the PIAA State Class AAA girls basketball final foreshadowed the outcome, Bethlehem Catholic coach Bill Lanscek was the first to know his Golden Hawks could be in trouble.
"The officials were talking to both teams about sportsmanship, and afterward, they asked both teams to look at each other, but number 31 from South Park never raised her eyes to look at our girls. It was like she was saying, I'm here for business, and that's how they played," said Lanscek.
Freedom softball coach Nora Borger is implementing new rules, teaching discipline, and expecting hustle from the Patriots for the 2013 season.
"We've been discussing our goals. Everyone wants a winning season. Hit the ball hard, good pitching," said Borger.
Returners for the Patriots will be Emily Gundrum, Sam Cabrera, Becca Herman, Corrine Kline, Morgan Lukievics, Carly Deichman, Kelsey Brandle, Dana Morgan, and Megan Brown.
The Liberty Hurricanes may have lost all its singles players to graduation, but Coach Leo Schnalzer has a number of players with some experience, as he attempts to find the right spot for each one for the 2013 boys' tennis season.
"We're still playing challenge matches, but we don't have to start them off from the ground floor," Schnalzer said.
Hurricane returners include junior, Brendan Cunningham, who played at number three doubles last year, and junior, Chris Kaposis, who played at number four doubles last year.