You know the expectations for Freedom's wrestling team are different when a 4-1 opening weekend record is somewhat disappointing.
Head coach Brandon Hall doesn't want to seem overly critical or negative of his troops bringing home first place honors from the Quakertown Duals over the weekend, but when 5-0 was the goal for the Patriots, Hall meant it.
"I asked our seniors if I was being too critical about our results and they said no," Hall said. "It was the first weekend of the...
The last time Liberty played Dieruff, it was in summer league action and the Huskies ousted the Hurricanes from the Cedar Beach league.
Last Saturday night, however, was a different story.
Liberty overcame an early first quarter deficit and went on to route Dieruff 73-39 in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic at Memorial Gymnasium.
Nine different Hurricanes scored on the night, led by DeShawn Oyeniyi's 17 points.
Joey Torres and Greg Noack also posted double...
Freedom's basketball team will have similar staples from last year's team, but if there's one thing that the program doesn't want to have from a year agoit's an empty trophy case.
After a 21-5 season a year ago that ended in a gut wrenching 47-45 loss to Parkland in the District 11 4A quarterfinals, the Patriots were left without an LVC title or a district title in one of their best seasons ever.
Now the Patriots hope to be back in contention on both ends with a team that...
Mike Frew would prefer to have his Bethlehem Catholic basketball team fly under the radar.
After a 5-17 season a year ago, coupled with being lumped in the Lehigh Valley Conference's East division alongside Liberty, Freedom and Easton, flying under the radar is right where the Golden Hawks find themselves in the midst of the 2012 season.
But as Frew enters his second season at Becahi, a cautious optimism is noticeable from a program that has enjoyed many good years, only to...
Brandon Hall isn't ready to pronounce that this wrestling season will be one of Freedom's best campaigns in a long time. He'd rather have you check back in the middle of March to make that distinction.
The Patriots enter this winter with hype and momentum, but as Hall enters his third year as head coach of the program, he also approaches the heightened expectations with tempered optimism.
"There's a difference between thinking about being great and actually going out and doing...
Low in numbers but high in quality, Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team will rely on size and experience for the 2012 season.
Key returners for the Hawks are senior forward/center, Bridget Smith, junior guard, Janelle Robinson, sophomore guard, Nicole Lacherza, and sophomore forward/guard, Kalista Walters.
Other seniors include forwards, Cecilia Perez, Ashley Brader, and Rachel Mulicka.
"We return six girls to our entire program. Our numbers are not what I'd like...
Liberty junior Mike Horvath didn't mind playing three baseball games in one afternoon during the recent Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB) tournament at ECTB Stadium in Allentown last month.
The 16-year-old took the initiative to arrange the 10-team tournament during the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Horvath organized the team mainly composed of Liberty teammates, organized fundraising, and also tried his hand at managing the 14-player squad. ECTB has several tournaments...
The Liberty Hurricanes have gaps to fill, but have plenty of players from which to choose as the 2012 girls basketball season begins this weekend.
Entering her third season as head coach, Amy Yencho is still looking to fill open spots left by graduates Jody Chickey, CJ Hilliard, and JJ Hilliard.
"They're up for grabs. I have a bunch of returning seniors with limited playing time, so any of them could have the opportunity to step into one of three roles," Yencho said.
Coach Ron Garza wants to bring girls basketball back to the Freedom Patriots.
Garza was named Freedom's new head coach in October, and although he has had limited time with his varsity players, Garza brings discipline, stability, and experience to the Patriots in 2012.
"I've been around the game my whole life," Garza said.
Most recently, Garza coached Freedom's freshmen from 2006-2007 and the junior varsity squad from 2007-2011.
Garza is also bringing back...
Last year, Liberty's wrestling team went the entire season without taking a second of injury time.
It's a statistic that doesn't show up often, but one that got the attention of Penn State head coach and arguably the greatest collegiate wrestler of all-time, Cael Sanderson.
Sanderson retweeted the National Wrestling Coaches Association's original message last March on also posted it on his Facebook site. From an outsider's perspective, gaining recognition from one of the most...