Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team may already be ahead of the game after a successful preseason scrimmage against Pen Argyl, Friday's 13-6 victory over Pleasant Valley, and Saturday's 13-2 win over Salisbury, showing that the Hawks are headed in the right direction for the 2013 season.
Becahi has the good fortune of returning six seniors: first baseman, Courtney Dupont, second baseman, Jackie DeSarro, third baseman, Kate Yanders, pitcher, Joelle Morey, left fielder, Lauren Visconti, and right fielder, Marissa Merriman.
Liberty's baseball program has been under the guidance of head coach Andy Pitsilos for the past 11 years.
Consistency is one thing that comes with a long tenure. Tradition is another.
The 2013 Hurricanes hope to continue in both of those aspects as they enter this spring with a strong crop of six pitchers.
With snow on the ground over the past two weeks, having an abundance of arms can be a fortunate position if mother nature doesn't cooperate with scheduling this season.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team celebrated the highs and embraced the lows over the course of the 2012-2013 season, creating one of the most successful teams in the school's history.
Even before the season began, opposing coaches thought the Hawks would be a team with which they would have to contend - and they were right.
Freedom High School has announced the appointment of Nora Borger as the new head girls softball coach.
Borger had been the Patriots' assistant coach since 2008, and was the assistant junior varsity coach at Emmaus High School.
A 2002 graduate of Robert Morris University, Borger was a member of the softball team there, and she was also a starter on the 1996 Northampton Senior High School PIAA State Championship softball team.
This past winter, Borger conducted winter work-outs twice a week for the Patriots.
If the pregame of the PIAA State Class AAA girls basketball final foreshadowed the outcome, Bethlehem Catholic coach Bill Lanscek was the first to know his Golden Hawks could be in trouble.
"The officials were talking to both teams about sportsmanship, and afterward, they asked both teams to look at each other, but number 31 from South Park never raised her eyes to look at our girls. It was like she was saying, I'm here for business, and that's how they played," said Lanscek.
Freedom softball coach Nora Borger is implementing new rules, teaching discipline, and expecting hustle from the Patriots for the 2013 season.
"We've been discussing our goals. Everyone wants a winning season. Hit the ball hard, good pitching," said Borger.
Returners for the Patriots will be Emily Gundrum, Sam Cabrera, Becca Herman, Corrine Kline, Morgan Lukievics, Carly Deichman, Kelsey Brandle, Dana Morgan, and Megan Brown.
It would be fair to say that last year's baseball season was a tale of two halves for Freedom.
The Patriots started out hot and finished cold. After an 8-2 start to the season, the Pates slumped to finish 10-10 overall before losing to Whitehall in the first round of the district tournament.
With six starters gone from a year ago, head coach Nick D'Amico hopes the loss of nine seniors doesn't mean his new crop of players forgot about last year's lessons.
Lehigh's Randy Cruz went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.
Cruz, a former Bethlehem Catholic wrestler, opened the tourney with an 11-0 win over Brian Owen of Boise State.
He scored a takedown in a very funky scramble in the first, and then turned Owen with a cradle. In the second period, Cruz tilted, and then again cradled Owen to lead 10-0 after two periods. After choosing top, and riding out the entire third period, he earned a riding time point for a very convincing 11-0 win.
The Liberty Hurricanes may have lost all its singles players to graduation, but Coach Leo Schnalzer has a number of players with some experience, as he attempts to find the right spot for each one for the 2013 boys' tennis season.
"We're still playing challenge matches, but we don't have to start them off from the ground floor," Schnalzer said.
Hurricane returners include junior, Brendan Cunningham, who played at number three doubles last year, and junior, Chris Kaposis, who played at number four doubles last year.
Liberty, the defending district softball champion, will look to its hitters to lead the Hurricanes to another winning season in 2013.
Already, the Hurricanes were victorious over Pocono Mountain East, 13-3 on Saturday, when Alyshia Dellatorre had three hits and Caitlyn Lavelle hit a home run for Liberty.
"We have a fence there now. A bunch of girls had hits. It was a good team effort," said Coach Rich Giering.
Former third baseman, Natalie Tannasso, was the winning pitcher.