Two strong, senior divers are returning to Liberty's girls team this season, as Rachel Steiner and Brenna McCornac are expected to lead the Hurricanes.
Steiner was a consistent top performer in 11-dive meets last year, placing fourth in the LVC meet, and McCornac placed fifth in districts, also last year.
Coach Jeff Zettlemoyer will also dive Samantha Kincaid and Rachel Finn.
Liberty's boys currently have one diver, freshman, David Darlington.
Liberty's K.J. Williams had a rough start against Emmaus in the 2013 Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic.
But despite that slow start that was plagued by foul trouble in the first half, Williams came up with the game's biggest play when it mattered most.
After posting two points in the first half, and seeing the teams head into overtime after a 45-45 tie in regulation, Williams scored the team's first five points of the extra session to help lead the Hurricanes to a 55-47 victory on Saturday night at Liberty High School.
In the short time Liberty girls basketball coach Becky Soto has been with the Hurricanes, Soto has seen a very athletic team with well-educated players who follow direction well.
Although Soto was reluctant to mention names so early in the preseason, Soto expects to have five seniors on the team, one of which is Kali Shumock, an all-conference player.
"I have high expectations [of the Hurricanes]. I'm unlimited," said Soto.
Soto believes that positive reinforcement will go a long way during the 2013-2014 girls basketball season.
Freedom High School's swimming team will consist of a combination of club swimmers and high school swimmers for the 2013-2014 season.
Head coach Jon Larson said, "Freedom is unique in that we have kids from all four major clubs in the Lehigh Valley. That can turn into a tug-of-war between club and high school, but I think it's a perfect balance. High school provides the best competition."
New to the Patriots, Larson is expecting an adjustment period.
"No two coaches coach the same. Training-wise, we're going through terminology, and that takes some time," he said.
Coming off a 19-9 season a year ago and a Lehigh Valley Conference championship, the expectations for Liberty's basketball program is to always compete for some type of hardware.
The Hurricanes fell short of their district title hopes last season, still made another trek into the state tournament.
Joe Stellato and Chad Landis appear to have something in common this year when it comes to their respective basketball teams this winter. As Liberty is dealing with a mostly inexperienced roster down the road, Stellato walks into similar footprints at Freedom during his 13th year as coach of the program.
Following a 17-10 finish a year ago, Freedom returns senior big man Dave Williams and point guard Nigel Long (sr., 5-9). The good part of that makeup is that the Pates have initial inside-outside threats to work with.
Jon Larson has been named Freedom's new head swimming coach, replacing Reik Foust, who has stepped down for work-related reasons.
Larson is also the head coach of Emmaus Aquatic Club, a competitive swimming club in the Lehigh Valley.
"I swam for Freedom myself. Since then, I've been all over the country. I always kept my eye on Freedom, so when the position opened up, it seemed like a good fit," Larson said.
Liberty High School's girls basketball team will be led by new head coach Becky Soto, replacing Amy Yencho who has taken a coaching position at DeSales University.
Soto, who works at Northeast Middle School and coached there for five years, decided it was the right time to come to Liberty.
"It was brought to my attention, and I weighed my options," said Soto, who also coached at Stroudsburg High School for four years.
Freedom High School's girls basketball team will be returning most of its players from last year, as Coach Ron Garza begins his second season with the Patriots.
Kelly Rosette, Brenna Dosedlo, Tori McCaslin, and Ashley Husser are expected to lead the Patriots as seniors and returning players.
Juniors include Taylor Garza and Gia Erie, also returners, and Allison McCready. Tahlia Suggs is the only sophomore on the team, and freshmen, Mackenzie Herman and Jaiden Coyne, will also suit up for varsity.
Tasting a trip to the District 11 3A finals last season may have been all the motivation that Bethlehem Catholic needed heading into the off-season, but coming home with silver medals in that championship game certainly adds fuel to the fire as well.
The Hawks enter the 2013-2014 season with 11 players back in the fold from last year, which should give head coach Mike Frew a plethora of talent and experience to compete on a nightly basis in the Lehigh Valley Conference.