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.
The last time Liberty played Dieruff, it was in summer league action and the Huskies ousted the Hurricanes from the Cedar Beach league.
Last Saturday night, however, was a different story.
Liberty overcame an early first quarter deficit and went on to route Dieruff 73-39 in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic at Memorial Gymnasium.
Nine different Hurricanes scored on the night, led by DeShawn Oyeniyi's 17 points.
Joey Torres and Greg Noack also posted double digits, as they both totaled 12 points on the night.
During the weekend's Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic held at Freedom High School, the Patriots were dealt a tough Parkland team to tip off their regular season.
After hanging with the Trojans for the first eight minutes of play to start the game, it was a sloppy second quarter that loomed large for the Patriots as they fell 48-26 in their season opener.
Big numbers and key returners should add up to numerous victories for the Liberty Hurricanes swim team this season.
"We're real excited with what we have going. We were just talking about how good our team looks," said Liberty coach Reik Foust.
Foust is joined by assistant Jeff Matyus for another season, and, for his first year, assistant Evan Kocon, a Liberty grad and former Hurricane swimmer will join the coaching staff.
"I'm happy with the staff and happy with the returning kids. We have a lot to look forward to this year," Foust said.
It didn't take long for Freedom swim coach Reik Foust to see what the Patriots are made of.
Hired in October and coming from Southern Lehigh, which is a 2A team, Foust already has high expectations after just a few weeks of practices.
"Practices have been incredible so far. The kids have shown up and swam beyond my expectations, and I'm planning to keep pushing them. I'm excited to see what they can do," Foust said.
Key returners for the girls team are Helen Hsu, Carly DelFranco, Brooke Munion, and Molly Magnan.
Coach Ron Garza wants to bring girls basketball back to the Freedom Patriots.
Garza was named Freedom's new head coach in October, and although he has had limited time with his varsity players, Garza brings discipline, stability, and experience to the Patriots in 2012.
"I've been around the game my whole life," Garza said.
Most recently, Garza coached Freedom's freshmen from 2006-2007 and the junior varsity squad from 2007-2011.
Garza is also bringing back assistant coaches, Rich Matyus and Jim Roth, who assisted Jerry Calabrese from 2007-2011.
The Liberty Hurricanes have gaps to fill, but have plenty of players from which to choose as the 2012 girls basketball season begins this weekend.
Entering her third season as head coach, Amy Yencho is still looking to fill open spots left by graduates Jody Chickey, CJ Hilliard, and JJ Hilliard.
"They're up for grabs. I have a bunch of returning seniors with limited playing time, so any of them could have the opportunity to step into one of three roles," Yencho said.
Liberty junior Mike Horvath didn't mind playing three baseball games in one afternoon during the recent Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB) tournament at ECTB Stadium in Allentown last month.
The 16-year-old took the initiative to arrange the 10-team tournament during the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Horvath organized the team mainly composed of Liberty teammates, organized fundraising, and also tried his hand at managing the 14-player squad. ECTB has several tournaments throughout the year along the entire east coast from Massachusetts to Maryland.