In what may be the most competitive Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball season ever, Liberty expects to contend for the league and district titles.
After an 11-9 season a year ago that saw the Hurricanes reach the district playoffs, Neid Ammary's group is ready to take another step forward this year in their search for hardware this spring.
For the first time ever, Bethlehem has a full slate of varsity boys lacrosse this season.
Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Freedom are all part of the Lehigh Valley Conference this season as varsity members, even though the sport is defined as a club activity in the Bethlehem Area School District.
That leaves Liberty and Freedom still fending for themselves when it comes financing the sport, insuring their teams and finding their own homes and transportation for contests.
It's been 22 years of coaching volleyball at Freedom and John Yanek just can't give it up.
After last year's 7-9 campaign that saw Freedom miss the district tournament for the first time in 20 years, Yanek didn't want to bow out in that manner.
He also wanted to lend some of the coaching wisdom he's picked up helping Moravian's womens team in the fall with the Freedom boys this spring.
"I just feel like I still have something to offer," said Yanek about coming back for another season. "Once I feel that stops, I'll hang it up."
It's never happened before, but Bethlehem Catholic hopes the stars align for them this spring on the volleyball court.
After winning the PIAA 2A title last year, the Hawks aren't only looking for a repeat, but a trifecta when it comes to hardware on the court.
With 38 years of coaching under his belt and 26 years as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic, Mike Grasso can probably say he's seen it all in baseball.
One thing he'll add to his list of accomplishments this season is his 800th game, which will come whenever the Hawks entertain their second contest of the season, following last week's 4-4 tie with Pottsville (game was called after nine innings due to darkness and may be continued later this season).
Liberty's baseball program has been under the guidance of head coach Andy Pitsilos for the past 11 years.
Consistency is one thing that comes with a long tenure. Tradition is another.
The 2013 Hurricanes hope to continue in both of those aspects as they enter this spring with a strong crop of six pitchers.
With snow on the ground over the past two weeks, having an abundance of arms can be a fortunate position if mother nature doesn't cooperate with scheduling this season.
It would be fair to say that last year's baseball season was a tale of two halves for Freedom.
The Patriots started out hot and finished cold. After an 8-2 start to the season, the Pates slumped to finish 10-10 overall before losing to Whitehall in the first round of the district tournament.
With six starters gone from a year ago, head coach Nick D'Amico hopes the loss of nine seniors doesn't mean his new crop of players forgot about last year's lessons.
If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've found a new home.
FC Lehigh Valley United Lady SONIC will join their male counterparts (FC LVU SONIC) this summer as a professional local club.
Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first offseason session at finding new talent.
Weitzman helped lead the men's team to a national championship last season and a number-one ranking in the country for all NPSL and PDL teams.
It wasn't talked about outside of Freedom's wrestling circles during the season, but with the PIAA championships wrapping up over the weekend in Hershey, Jake Young can finally rest.
Freedom head coach Brandon Hall kept Young's injuries quiet. The sophomore himself wasn't about to make excuses either, but dealing with a torn meniscus in his right knee and an injured shoulder would have shut down most wrestler's seasons.
Not for Young however.
It was the end of the road for Liberty's basketball team over the weekend, as the Hurricanes lost to Williamsport 62-60 in the opening round of the PIAA 4A tournament.
It was a rough weekend for Bethlehem teams, as Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic saw their seasons end as well in the state tournament.
Liberty head coach Chad Landis felt that 2013 was a successful year for his crew despite having an early exit from states, but wished Saturday's affair would have ended differently.