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.
Bethlehem may have had a heavy contingent in the boys' basketball playoff scene, but the city came away empty-handed over the weekend when Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic both fell in the 4A and 3A finals.
Freedom was outgunned by Parkland in a 65-50 contest on Saturday night, while Becahi was overwhelmed by Central Catholic 87-61 on Friday.
Four Bethlehem wrestlers advanced from last week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament to Hershey for tomorrow's opening round of the PIAA championships.
For the likes of Liberty's Grimaldi Gonzalez and Freedom's Evan Kauffman, they'll be marching to Hershey with gold medals around their neck.
The seniors cranked out titles at their respective weights in consecutive weeks and will also be joined by Liberty's Jake Gunning (220) and Freedom's Jake Young (170).
Evan Kauffman became Freedom's first district champion since 2006 over the weekend and Liberty's Grimaldi Gonzalez repeated his stint atop the podium as the Bethlehem wrestlers brought home the only gold medals for their respective schools from the District 11 3A wrestling tournament held at Memorial Gymnasium.
Kauffman was one of four Patriots to move onto this week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament at Liberty, while the host Hurricanes advanced three wrestlers.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
Step one in Bethlehem Catholic's 2013 playoff ride was successful last week and the Hawks hope they can keep putting one foot forward towards the District 11 3A championship.
The Hawks ousted Blue Mountain 54-40 last Friday night at Martz Hall in the district quarterfinals and hoped last night's encounter with top-seeded Pottsville would continue their season.
Liberty may have won the Lehigh Valley Conference title last week, but Freedom won the seeding puzzle that comes together once the District 11 brackets are assembled.
The Hurricanes (17-7), who play in the district's toughest conference, scheduled the most competitive nonleague dates this season and who completely dominated the LVC tournament last week en route to the championship, have to settle for a second-seed in this year's 4A bracket.
That's because Pocono Mountain West (19-4), winners of the Mountain Valley Conference, took the top spot.