The opening day of fall sports isn't just a preparation period for coaches and athletes in Bethlehem.
Fred Harris, the athletic director for the Bethlehem Area School District, had more complicated issues to deal with this year as he welcomes his second term of running Freedom's and Liberty's sports programs.
The addition of girls' soccer to the fall has come with trepidation from many and Harris is just the latest AD that has to deal with the new found set of circumstances surrounding the surplus of another fall sport.
Summer league basketball can be defined in various ways in terms of importance for the upcoming season, but you'll never hear a coach be dissapointed in his team having more opportunities to play.
Liberty has that chance this week as they rolled into the semifinals of the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach.
The Hurricanes took on Dieruff in one of the semifinals, while Central Catholic and Emmaus battled in the other semifinal.
Liberty head coach Chad Landis didn't expect his team to be playing this late in the year, but takes it with open arms.
Brianne Giangiobbe doesn't like it when people doubt her.
They've been doing it for years in regards to her volleyball acumen.
Despite being an all-state volleyball member for two straight years, as well as claiming first-team LVC honors and District 11 all-star status her senior year at Freedom, Giangiobbe may have still had her doubters.
But if there's one thing that Giangiobbe thrives on, it's doubt.
But if there was one thing that we couldn't doubt this year, it's that Giangiobbe is Freedom's female athlete of the year for the Bethlehem Press.