It was a blessing in disguise in one book and a sign of what belief can do for another group.
Bethlehem Catholic entered the spring as the area's top team, but Liberty believed they can be that as well.
Even after the Hurricanes (4-0, 3-0) opened the season with a five-game victory over defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic (3-1, 3-1), both teams have used that result in different manners moving forward.
For Liberty, the win is a sign of what they can become, as well as staying humble amidst a long regular season.
It's always a big week when Liberty and Freedom battle in any sports.
This week, however, it's on a bit of a grander stage. The 'Canes and Pates square off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Coca-Cola Park.
The only problem with that may be the waiting period for both teams, as they gear up for a week of LVC action before the derby hits the grand stage over the weekend.
Liberty (4-1, 3-0) have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Wilson West Lawn and have proved to again be one of the top teams in the conference this season.
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.