The first day of the fall sports season generally means the start of the school year, so if Monday meant anything for schools across the state of Pennsylvania, it would probably translate into the summer being over.
For coaches throughout the Valley though, this is the exciting time of year where players get back together and test their fitness, skill and desire in preparation for season openers nearly three weeks away.
The Hanover Stingrays Swim Team took third place at the 2012 Suburban League Championships last month at Lower Macungie.
Soleco won the meet with 1381 points, followed by second-place finisher Quakertown with 1252.5 points. Hanover scored 1025 points in the nine-team meet.
In the 15 and over age group, Liberty High School swimmers, Courtney Desh and Eric Lawrence, placed first in two events apiece.
Desh won the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.59 and the 100 yard IM in 1:04.56.
Matt Husek didn't have a timetable to pick his future college destination, but he's glad it's over with now.
The upcoming Bethlehem Catholic senior decided to continue his basketball exploits at Holy Cross when he verbally committed last week.
The 6-foot-11 center has grown three inches from last season, when he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Husek figures to be a major factor this season for the Hawks, who are coming off a 5-17 season under head coach Mike Frew, who enters his second year at the helm.
The opening day of fall sports isn't just a preparation period for coaches and athletes in Bethlehem.
Fred Harris, the athletic director for the Bethlehem Area School District, had more complicated issues to deal with this year as he welcomes his second term of running Freedom's and Liberty's sports programs.
The addition of girls' soccer to the fall has come with trepidation from many and Harris is just the latest AD that has to deal with the new found set of circumstances surrounding the surplus of another fall sport.
He who goes into the last wall the hardest comes out the fastest.
Whether Freedom's Seth Watlington remembers these as famous last words, or words he will never forget, one thing is for certain: a PIAA State Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championship gold medal in the breaststroke won by the Patriot swimmer this March at Bucknell University.
Summer league basketball can be defined in various ways in terms of importance for the upcoming season, but you'll never hear a coach be dissapointed in his team having more opportunities to play.
Liberty has that chance this week as they rolled into the semifinals of the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach.
The Hurricanes took on Dieruff in one of the semifinals, while Central Catholic and Emmaus battled in the other semifinal.
Liberty head coach Chad Landis didn't expect his team to be playing this late in the year, but takes it with open arms.
Brianne Giangiobbe doesn't like it when people doubt her.
They've been doing it for years in regards to her volleyball acumen.
Despite being an all-state volleyball member for two straight years, as well as claiming first-team LVC honors and District 11 all-star status her senior year at Freedom, Giangiobbe may have still had her doubters.
But if there's one thing that Giangiobbe thrives on, it's doubt.
But if there was one thing that we couldn't doubt this year, it's that Giangiobbe is Freedom's female athlete of the year for the Bethlehem Press.