Bethlehem Catholic's varsity competition cheerleading squad recently returned from the 2013 National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fl., ending the 2012-2013 competition season for the Hawks.
"Our main goals were to score 30 or higher in the cheer and to get to semifinals, which we did," said Becahi captain, Ali Wildman.
Out of 42 teams representing 13 states, the Hawks placed 18th.
"I am so proud of the team," said Becahi cheerleading coach Brenda Michalska.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
Step one in Bethlehem Catholic's 2013 playoff ride was successful last week and the Hawks hope they can keep putting one foot forward towards the District 11 3A championship.
The Hawks ousted Blue Mountain 54-40 last Friday night at Martz Hall in the district quarterfinals and hoped last night's encounter with top-seeded Pottsville would continue their season.
Liberty diver, Rachel Steiner, took fourth place at the LVC Diving Meet on Feb. 16 at Parkland High School.
The Hurricane junior scored 335.80 points at the eleven-dive meet.
"I definitely came into it expecting the best from the other girls, so I did better," said Steiner, who had placed eighth at an eleven-dive meet in January.
Steiner said her best dive on Feb. 16 was her inward dive pike.
"I got really good scores on it. My back dive also gets good scores. I try to get a five or above," Steiner said.
Steiner had some difficulty with her front double.
Freedom swimming coach Reik Foust was looking forward to Valentine's Day, almost since the start of the high school swim season, but not for the reason you may think.
This Valentine's Day would be the first time that father and son swim coaches would go head-to-head in one of the biggest, yet friendliest, rivalry meets in the Lehigh Valley: Freedom versus Liberty.
In the boys meet, the Patriots landed on top, 99-86 over the Hurricanes.
Liberty may have won the Lehigh Valley Conference title last week, but Freedom won the seeding puzzle that comes together once the District 11 brackets are assembled.
The Hurricanes (17-7), who play in the district's toughest conference, scheduled the most competitive nonleague dates this season and who completely dominated the LVC tournament last week en route to the championship, have to settle for a second-seed in this year's 4A bracket.
That's because Pocono Mountain West (19-4), winners of the Mountain Valley Conference, took the top spot.
Maybe Liberty was built for tournament runs, or perhaps the Hurricanes are just putting things together at the right time. But there was no disputing who was the better team on the court last week in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, as the 'Canes made things look easy with wins over Central Catholic and Parkland en route to claiming their third LVC title in the past five years.
Last Friday night at Easton Area Middle School, Liberty was on cruise control in a dominating 66-48 victory over the second-seeded Trojans.
So what will Bethlehem Catholic do for an encore at this year's District 11 2A wrestling tournament?
After advancing a district record 10 wrestlers to the finals a year ago and crowning seven champions, how will the Hawks fare when this weekend's tournament kicks off on Friday afternoon at Freedom, but ends Saturday evening at Liberty with both the 3A and 2A finals.
Head coach Jeff Karam doesn't know if this year's team can replicate advancing 10 wrestlers to regionals, but he won't put it past them.
Depth was the key to Liberty's girls Valentine's Day victory over neighboring rival Freedom, as the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots 98-87 in their final regular season swim meet.
Adding to the love of one of the friendliest rivalry meets in high school sports was the father-son coaching rivalry of Liberty and Freedom, respectively.
Competing against his son for the first time, Liberty coach Reik Foust said, "I wanted to win everything: every event and both meets [girls and boys]. There were some really close races, and it was high energy."
The District 11 3A wrestling tournament is always a spin on the roulette wheel.
Liberty and Freedom just hope the work they put in throughout the season pays off when things kickoff at Memorial Gymnasium this weekend.
Both programs have aspirations of bringing home a district champion and those duties will be rested upon Liberty senior Grimaldi Gonzalez (126) and Freedom senior Evan Kauffman (220).
Both figure to be the top dogs in their respective weight classes and both are looking to find themselves back in the finals, just like last year.