You know the expectations for Freedom's wrestling team are different when a 4-1 opening weekend record is somewhat disappointing.
Head coach Brandon Hall doesn't want to seem overly critical or negative of his troops bringing home first place honors from the Quakertown Duals over the weekend, but when 5-0 was the goal for the Patriots, Hall meant it.
"I asked our seniors if I was being too critical about our results and they said no," Hall said. "It was the first weekend of the season and you're just not where you're going to be yet.
The Bethlehem Catholic Cheer Team is inviting high school, recreational, and CYO cheerleading squads to participate in its fourth annual Golden Hawk Cheer Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 12.
"This is a friendly way to get teams back onto the competition mat after the holiday break before the larger competitions begin," said Bethlehem Catholic cheerleading coach, Brenda Michalska.
Mike Mould knows his team will tackle the challenge.
A season ago, Mould's Freedom ice hockey team made a momentous late-season run in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) Pure Division, a stretch that lead them into the championship against Parkland. Before their revival, Freedom appeared a longshot at best to make the postseason.
Bethlehem Hawks Brown were crowned 2012 Fastpitch Softball Association Lehigh Valley High School Fall League champions after a 9-3 victory over Whitehall Maroon on Oct. 25 at Pates Park, Allentown.
The Hawks broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored additional runs over the next three innings for the championship trophy.
The energy inside Freedom High School's gymnasium last Saturday night had the feel of a District final, but it was only game one of the season for the Freedom Patriots and the Parkland Trojans.
Freedom was fueled by the surrounding environment, and used 21 first quarter points on their way to an opening win of the season, defeating Parkland 54-47 in the finale of the Yasso Christmas City Classic.
Dave Brown was relieved of his duties last week as head coach of the football program at Liberty and now the Hurricanes are looking for their second head coach following the Tim Moncman era.
Brown, who took over for Moncman three years ago, tallied an 18-16 record during his tenure, including a 3-7 record this past season after the team started 0-6.
After entering this season with the job of filling 19 starter positions because of graduation, Brown had mixed emotions about being let go.
There must be something in the water at the Foust household, as Freedom High School has announced that Reik Foust has been appointed the new head swim coach for the Patriots, while his father, also Reik, is entering his ninth season as head swim coach for the Liberty Hurricanes.
The younger Foust, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2010 graduate of Catholic University of America, has been a part of the swimming world for almost as long as he can remember.
The Freedom Patriots participated in their first competition of the season at the Cheersport Philly Grand Competition on Saturday at Villanova University.
"Overall, we did a really good job. We lost 17 seniors, so we had a lot to compensate for. Our performance was a lot better than we thought," said Freedom co-captain, Sarah Callahan.
The Patriots' routine started with standing tumbling, a jump sequence, more standing tumbling, and stunts.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team was too hot to handle for Whitehall in the Hawks 48-31 victory over the Zephyrs at the Yasso-Rothrock Tournament on Saturday.
Although the Zephyrs took the early lead, a three-pointer by Becahi freshman, Nia Mims, sparked the Hawks offense toward the end of the first quarter.
Soon after, the Hawks pulled away when Becahi guard, Nicole Lacherza, hit a three of her own, breaking a 12-12 tie at the beginning of the second quarter.
Liberty and Freedom diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer is returning most of his Hurricane divers from last year, while inaugurating new divers for the Patriots.
While Liberty will only have two male divers, Bryan Rivera and Alex Caccamo, two female divers will compete for the boys, as allowed by PIAA rules.
Victoria Carter, Rachael Steiner, Brenna McCormack, Regan Morrison, Samantha Kincaid, and Kim Fetter are Liberty's female varsity divers.