During Monday night's Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) game against Emmaus, Freedom couldn't have gotten off to a better start.
After a scoreless first period, the Patriots scored four consecutive goals to lead 4-0 with 6:25 to play in the second.
However, the Hornets would make a run of their own - one that was even more impressive.
It would be fair to say that the rash of snow and cold to hit the area over the past week hasn't helped people like winter, but basketball coaches might feel a bit more upset at the recent scenarios then anyone else.
Snow wiped out games and practices last Thursday and Friday, only to let teams get back on the court Saturday. For Liberty and Freedom, that meant losses over the weekend without any practice in between since at least January 1. The Hurricanes lost to Whitehall 57-53, while Freedom dropped a 63-58 encounter with East Stroudsburg North.
Freedom High School's varsity cheerleaders took first place in the large varsity division at a cheerleading competition hosted by the Easton Area High School cheerleaders on Dec. 22.
Patriot captain, Danae Morgan, said, "I think everybody kind of felt we had it, but when we heard our name, everyone was so excited. Everyone knew we hit it. It was our best performance."
After competing at Kutztown University earlier in the month, the Patriots decided to make some changes to their original routine, which included a formation, partner stunts, and a standing tumbling segment.
Bethlehem Catholic High School's varsity cheerleading squad won a bid to nationals last month at the Northeast Regional Cheerleading Competition at Kutztown University.
Becahi cheerleading captain, Lauren Rebovich, said, "It was the best feeling in the world. Everyone was jumping. It was the greatest feeling."
Adding to the intensity of the moment was the Hawks' uncertainty as they waited for the bid announcement.
It won't be long before anglers can walk on water. In fact before the recent heat wave hit, local ponds and even Ontelaunee Reservoir, the premier ice fishery in upper Berks County, had skim ice. But since we're in the southern zone, Pocono Mountain lakes and ponds normally develop thicker ice sooner, so ice fishermen hit those waters first.
And since we're in the lull between seasons, now's the time to dig out the ice gear and check your tip-ups, ice reels, line and power augers to see if they need repair or replacement before first safe ice.
Liberty's boys second swim meet in two days resulted in a 71-30 victory over Easton last Thursday.
"With the Whitehall meet [the day before], we tried to rest people out because we thought Easton would be tougher. I thought it was going to be a lot closer because of their four-lane pool. We physically win meets by numbers," said Hurricane junior, Evan Smith.
Liberty's Sean Vannata, Nolan Vannata, Reid Rossi, and Jacob Jones opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.04.
The Pennsylvania volleyball coaches association announced their all-state selections this month across the three classifications in the PIAA.
The Lehigh Valley Conference had eight selections in class 3A and 2A combined, as Bethlehem Catholic led all valley schools with two selections in 2A.
Senior middle hitter, Taylor Bennett, along with sophomore outside hitter, Jordan Young, both represented the Hawks on this years team.
Still riding high from a first-time-in-a-long-time victory over Parkland, Liberty's boys swimming team defeated Whitehall 183-87 last Wednesday.
"It was awesome," said Hurricane senior, Sean Vannata, regarding the victory over the Trojans. "We went in knowing we could stand a chance, so we said, let's swim our hardest and see where it goes. After going one and two in the medley relay, we knew we stood a chance."
The Hurricanes carried that momentum with them in their meet against the Zephyrs.
Liberty is used to spending the Christmas break out of town for holiday tournaments, but one thing the Hurricanes haven't been used to is winning holiday crowns.
That changed over the weekend when Liberty defeated Ridley 59-49 for a two-game sweep of the hosts tournament.
Bethlehem teams went a combined 5-1 over the weekend, as Bethlehem Catholic won the York tournament, defeating Southwestern 57-43 for the title, while Freedom split both of their games, losing in their championship game to Upper Darby 57-40.
Liberty's girls swim team suffered its second loss of the season, defeated by Easton 60-42 last Thursday.
Hurricane sophomore, Jocelyn Baker, said, "We were watching the score pretty much the whole time. Right from the beginning, we were behind, but we were trying to win as many races as we could to keep up."
Baker won the 500 free in 5:28.26. Easton's Jordan Miers placed second, and Liberty's Shannon Hogan came in third.
"It was close between second and third," Baker said.