There must be something in the water at the Foust household, as Freedom High School has announced that Reik Foust has been appointed the new head swim coach for the Patriots, while his father, also Reik, is entering his ninth season as head swim coach for the Liberty Hurricanes.
The younger Foust, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2010 graduate of Catholic University of America, has been a part of the swimming world for almost as long as he can remember.
The Freedom Patriots participated in their first competition of the season at the Cheersport Philly Grand Competition on Saturday at Villanova University.
"Overall, we did a really good job. We lost 17 seniors, so we had a lot to compensate for. Our performance was a lot better than we thought," said Freedom co-captain, Sarah Callahan.
The Patriots' routine started with standing tumbling, a jump sequence, more standing tumbling, and stunts.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team was too hot to handle for Whitehall in the Hawks 48-31 victory over the Zephyrs at the Yasso-Rothrock Tournament on Saturday.
Although the Zephyrs took the early lead, a three-pointer by Becahi freshman, Nia Mims, sparked the Hawks offense toward the end of the first quarter.
Soon after, the Hawks pulled away when Becahi guard, Nicole Lacherza, hit a three of her own, breaking a 12-12 tie at the beginning of the second quarter.
Liberty and Freedom diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer is returning most of his Hurricane divers from last year, while inaugurating new divers for the Patriots.
While Liberty will only have two male divers, Bryan Rivera and Alex Caccamo, two female divers will compete for the boys, as allowed by PIAA rules.
Victoria Carter, Rachael Steiner, Brenna McCormack, Regan Morrison, Samantha Kincaid, and Kim Fetter are Liberty's female varsity divers.
It didn't take long for Freedom swim coach Reik Foust to see what the Patriots are made of.
Hired in October and coming from Southern Lehigh, which is a 2A team, Foust already has high expectations after just a few weeks of practices.
"Practices have been incredible so far. The kids have shown up and swam beyond my expectations, and I'm planning to keep pushing them. I'm excited to see what they can do," Foust said.
Key returners for the girls team are Helen Hsu, Carly DelFranco, Brooke Munion, and Molly Magnan.
Coach Ron Garza wants to bring girls basketball back to the Freedom Patriots.
Garza was named Freedom's new head coach in October, and although he has had limited time with his varsity players, Garza brings discipline, stability, and experience to the Patriots in 2012.
"I've been around the game my whole life," Garza said.
Most recently, Garza coached Freedom's freshmen from 2006-2007 and the junior varsity squad from 2007-2011.
Garza is also bringing back assistant coaches, Rich Matyus and Jim Roth, who assisted Jerry Calabrese from 2007-2011.
The Liberty Hurricanes have gaps to fill, but have plenty of players from which to choose as the 2012 girls basketball season begins this weekend.
Entering her third season as head coach, Amy Yencho is still looking to fill open spots left by graduates Jody Chickey, CJ Hilliard, and JJ Hilliard.
"They're up for grabs. I have a bunch of returning seniors with limited playing time, so any of them could have the opportunity to step into one of three roles," Yencho said.
Low in numbers but high in quality, Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team will rely on size and experience for the 2012 season.
Key returners for the Hawks are senior forward/center, Bridget Smith, junior guard, Janelle Robinson, sophomore guard, Nicole Lacherza, and sophomore forward/guard, Kalista Walters.
Other seniors include forwards, Cecilia Perez, Ashley Brader, and Rachel Mulicka.
"We return six girls to our entire program. Our numbers are not what I'd like them to be, but we have some quality kids and 16 freshmen," said Coach Bill Lanscek.
When Northampton Community College volleyball player, Anna Domyan, heard that her former Becahi teammate, Ashley McCauley, was reconsidering her choice to play volleyball at Cabrini College, Domyan wasted no time.
"I was very excited, and I called to tell her we needed a setter. We didn't have anybody, but everything worked out, and everything fell into place," said Domyan.
McCauley transferred in the nick of time, registering for classes on the last day possible.
In their first official competition of the season, Bethlehem Catholic's cheerleaders won a bid to nationals on Nov. 18 at a competition in Toms River, NJ.
"It felt amazing," said Becahi captain, Rachel Rosa.
After an unusually long wait to perform, the Hawks competed in the small/medium varsity division and took fifth place.
"It was hard to wait. We were second-to-last in our division. We were really nervous. It was one of the biggest competitions we've ever been to, and the national champion was there," Rosa said.