Liberty continued their hot start to the season over the weekend, when they knocked off Northampton 35-20 to bolster their record to 5-0 on the year.
It was also the second time in the last 20 years that Liberty knocked the K-Kids off and that's something that head coach Jody Karam could look back on with a smile.
After a shakey start in its game against Whitehall last Friday night, Liberty prevailed over the Zephyrs in overtime, 52-49.
Down 10-2 in the first quarter, the Hurricanes knew they needed to refocus quickly.
"We needed to focus on our defense, which would allow us to push the ball, and that's how we got a few fast breaks," said Liberty guard, Kali Shumock.
By the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes had a 43-35 lead, which was about to disappear thanks to nine straight points by the Zephyrs.
When you talk to basketball coaches around the Lehigh Valley Conference, there's a certain consensus regarding the hierarchy structure this winter.
There's Liberty and then there's everyone else.
The Hurricanes (6-2, 4-0) only two losses were to Philadelphia area teams over Christmas and they've won their other six games by an average of 20.8 points, five of which have come against LVC opponents.
So when some teams are looking to fix their rebounding woes, offensive flow or defensive intensity, Liberty is just looking for a game locally.
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Matthew Collier is center-mid with three career goals and five career assists. He has a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0.
He was a co-captain for two years and MVP defender his junior year and rookie of the year as a freshman.
Disappointment. Wake-up call. Consistency.
All are words that come out of head coach Joe Stellato's mouth when he talks about Freedom's basketball season up to date.
Sitting with a 5-5 overall record and a subpar 1-3 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Patriots enter desperate measures this week with a three game slate.
Monday's 53-42 victory over Pocono Mountain West got their week off to a promising start with the road win.
It's not quite how Brandon Hall expected to ring in the New Year for Freedom's wrestling program. The Patriots were forced to cancel their January 3 wrestling meet against Parkland, as well as postpone tonight's bout against Northampton because of a suspected skin infection.
Hall's program was shut down for 10 days, including tonight's match against Northampton, with no skin-to-skin contact for his wrestlers.
Even though the skin infection was limited, he felt the best decision was to wipe the slate clean and shut things down to halt any potential of further infections.
Liberty girl swimmers were victorious over Central last week, 130-47.
Emily Cecchini, Maggie Olock, Grace Walters, and Emma Williams won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.53.
Madison Sauers won two events, the 200 free in 2:04.43, and the 100 free in 57.98.
Jocelyn Baker placed first in the 200 IM in 2:21.01.
Baker said, "My time [in the 200 IM] was pretty good today. We've been training hard over Christmas break. We weren't really sure about Central. They've given us a hard time in the past, so we did the best we could."
Baker also won the 500 free in 5:24.98.
From Little League through the college level, aluminum and carbon-fiber composite bats reign supreme. With names like Voodoo, Stealth and Attack, manufacturers attempt to instill some baseball magic into these metal and plastic bats.
Coaches love them. Parents, not so much.
They can cost $450. But what about the kids?
Freedom's swimmers scored two victories before the Christmas break when the Patriot girls defeated Whitehall, 100-83, and the Patriot boys also defeated the Zephyrs, 108-55.
Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.29.
Howell won the 200 free in 1:57.91 and the 100 free in 55.14. DelFranco was also a double event winner with victories in the 200 IM in 2:16.12, and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.31.
In the first of two meetings between archrivals Liberty and Freedom, it was the Lady Hurricanes who came out on top, 46-40, on Dec. 21, right before the Christmas break.
Relatively even after the first quarter, the Patriots picked up on defense, holding the Hurricanes to just two points in the second quarter.
Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete, said, "Our man defense kept us in the game. [At halftime], we went over how to get open and how to get our plays in."
The problem for the Patriots was that the Hurricanes were defending just as hard.