Ted Plessl has been around for quite some time, managing countless Lehigh Valley baseball teams in the annual Carpenter Cup Classic.
He looked at this year's team and had high expectations for his squad, due in large part to the pitching staff on the roster.
But sometimes things don't go as planned. Plessl didn't get to see that staff's full potential come to fruition.
Instead it was Tri-Cape that stole the show.
Freedom opened last week's slate of summer basketball with one of their toughest games to date. Despite seemingly everything stacked against them, the Patriots didn't waver.
A quick 8-0 deficit to one of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference's (EPC) top teams in Emmaus didn't doom Freedom. The fact that they had just one incoming senior suit up compared to a Hornet squad full of talent from the winter didn't faze the Patriots, either.
The trio of Nicole Lacherza, Maggie Melhem and Kalista Walters were three key seniors in Bethlehem Catholic's district championship season and run in the PIAA Class AAA tournament.
In a little less competitive atmosphere, the three seniors had a big impact in Saturday's Via all-star basketball game.
Heading into the final of her two individuals events, Bethlehem Catholic's Sydnee Karam was eyeing a top-three finish in the 500-yard freestyle to go along with her bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle.
And while the senior wasn't able to meet that goal, she did cap off a stellar high school season at the state swimming level.
The first day of spring - Friday, March 20 - is a little more than a week away, but like recent years, high school spring sports teams are in a familiar position in early March.
A late winter with periods of heavy snow have once again caused baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams' issues with their outdoor practice schedules that began last Monday, March 2.
Southern Lehigh's Travis Edmond and Whitehall's Jacob Buskirk were separated by one seat at Sunday's Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet.
By the end of the 55th annual awards ceremony at Northampton Community Center, the two shared the evening's prestigious award.
Of the 34 high school football scholar-athlete nominees, Edmond and Buskirk were recognized as the award winners. It was the first time since 2011, when Bangor's Scott LaValva and Nazareth's Chuck Dibilio won the award, that two athletes shared the honor.
Coming off last season's first-place finish in the final season of the Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC) Golf Championships, Freedom's Helen Hsu had high goals once again in the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC)
Hsu didn't place a ton of emphasis on capturing gold once again; her focus, meanwhile, was simply on shooting a solid round that would put her in contention amongst the leaders.
Summer league can often be a tough situation to gauge a team with AAU basketball taking center stage.
That was evident for the Bethlehem Catholic girls' basketball team in last week's Stellar "Catch A Rising Star Basketball Showcase" at Cedar Beach. The Lady Hawks were without a number of their top varsity players from a year ago, and only two varsity regulars took part in the tournament.
"We have Jordan [Jones] and Maggie [Melhem] those are our varsity players that are back," newly-acquired head coach Megan Dellegrotti said. "We're missing about four or five.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion offensively coming from the batter's box.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show back on June 7.
The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start their journey to get back to the championship game, a place where their 2013 run came to an end. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like their 2006 meeting.