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...
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...
Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program has accomplished a lot over the past two years, but that doesn't mean they're satisfied.
With back-to-back District 11 2A and PIAA 2A titles in hand, along with their first Lehigh Valley Conference championship last season, the Hawks return looking to do it all over again.
Head coach Jeff Karam begins his fifth year (18th overall) at the helm of the program with the expectations unchanged.
"Our expectation is to win the state title...
Freedom's competition cheerleading squad is preparing for its first competition on Dec. 8 at the Cheersport Philly Grand Competition at Villanova University.
The Patriots' routine begins with tumbling and a jump sequence and ends with a dance.
"We're using a lot of Celine Dion songs; a lot of old stuff; a lot of throwbacks this year," said Freedom captain, Emilee Strange.
The Patriots went to a cheerleading camp in July, when they first started working on their routine...
District 11 named its volleyball all-stars recently.
In Class AA, Becahi's Lauren Hess, Maddie Titus and Kelsey Mowrey made the first team.
In Class AAA, Liberty's Brooke Priestas was named to the first team. The second team featured Freedom's Rylie Haas as the only local player.
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Most Valuable Player
Mary Kate Sherkness (Marian Catholic, 12th, Outside Hitter)
In preparation for competition season, Bethlehem Catholic's competition cheerleading squad participated in a cheerleading showcase on Nov. 11 at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.
Evaluated by UCA judges, the Hawks were credited with "natural spirit."
Becahi's competition routine begins with standing tucks and ends with a pyramid.
"We've been working on it for awhile, and we had the full routine last week. The dance is really cool. All the music is made up of songs no one...
In their first official competition of the season, Bethlehem Catholic's cheerleaders won a bid to nationals on Nov. 18 at a competition in Toms River, NJ.
"It felt amazing," said Becahi captain, Rachel Rosa.
After an unusually long wait to perform, the Hawks competed in the small/medium varsity division and took fifth place.
"It was hard to wait. We were second-to-last in our division. We were really nervous. It was one of the biggest competitions we've ever been to, and...