Jody Karam admitted that his wrestling team probably competed above their heads during the course of the regular season.
That finally caught up with Liberty last weekend when they lost to Parkland 53-13 in the District 11 3A team wrestling championship semifinals at Freedom.
Parkland won 11 of 14 bouts against the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon, five of which came via fall and two from technical falls, in a bout that Liberty looked overmatched.
Tears of joy flowed for Liberty's girls swim team as the Hurricanes tied Emmaus, 93-93, something Liberty had not achieved against the Hornets in 20 years.
Liberty captain, Emma Williams, said, "My mom was in the stands, and she was crying, and [Coach] Reik [Foust] was crying. All week, we kind of prepped ourselves, and our coaches really buckled down and got the best line-up. We knew it was going to be head-to-head."
Adding to the drama was the fact that the Hurricanes were two points behind at the time of the final event of the day, the 400 free relay.
Sometimes a rivalry game can be just as meaningful as a championship one, which was the case in Bethlehem Catholic's 48-37 victory over Liberty last Friday night.
Even a 14-point Hurricane deficit at the end of three quarters could not diminish the intensity of what proved to be a physical game, if nothing else.
"[I'm not surprised] at all. We're both rivals, and we're the only undefeated team in the LVC, so all the other teams step it up even more," said Becahi guard, Nicole Lacherza.
Handling the intensity was a game within itself.
It wasn't a surprise to anyone that Bethlehem Catholic left Freedom Saturday night with their third straight District 11 2A championship.
The Hawks crushed the competition in all three bouts, capping off their dominant weekend with a 53-9 victory over Saucon Valley in the finals.
As head coach Jeff Karam enjoyed another championship, it was evident that no matter how easy it looked for Becahi over the course of two days, the end result of claiming another piece of hardware was still memorable.
Although the Hurricanes were ten points ahead, halfway through their swim meet against Nazareth, Liberty knew the Blue Eagles could not be taken lightly.
In addition, Liberty swim coach Reik Foust, and diving coach, Jeff Zettlemoyer, make it a practice to not cash in on diving points when the other team, in this case, Nazareth, has no divers. On top of that, the meet would be scored as a six-lane rather than an eight-lane meet.
John Truby celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday and he couldn't have gotten a better present than what the Bethlehem Area School District gave him at their monthly board meeting that night.
Truby was approved to become the next head football coach at Liberty, ending a month of speculation about one of the hottest vacancies the Lehigh Valley Conference has to offer.
"If this is what your 30s have to offer, I can't wait to turn 31," said Truby. "It's a humbling experience and an honor to be the next head coach at Liberty. I'm really excited to start working with the kids."
Freedom High School's competition cheerleading squad won the silver medal in the large division at the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The Patriots' second-place victory earned them the right to compete at the PIAA State Cheerleading Competition on Feb. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
"I'm very proud of them. I think they rose to the challenge and did an excellent job. Nothing pleases me more than when they look like they're having fun out there," said Freedom cheerleading coach Alicia Zito.
Like the Liberty boys swim team, the Liberty girls were hoping for an eight-lane meet against Nazareth last week, but in spite of it all, the Hurricanes landed on top, 123-61 last Thursday.
Emily Cecchini, Anita Kundla, Rachel Rider, and Maggie Olock opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.69.
Olock said, "Swimming last is more fun. First is harder because you have to set the pace of the team."
In individual events, Jocelyn Baker won the 200 free in 2:03.91 and the 500 free in 5:24.88.
Liberty's senior night resulted in a 52-34 victory over Emmaus last Tuesday.
After a 21-16 Hurricane lead at the half, the Hornets threatened in the third quarter, pressing on defense and pulling to within one point.
"I think they played really good defense the whole game, but our guards handled it well," said senior, Maggie Zerbe, who had ten points on the night.
It was a good start to the day for Bethlehem at the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland on Sunday, but the tournament ended with a loss to another Bethlehem school.
Liberty kicked things off Sunday afternoon with a 54-46 victory over Council Rock North, getting a small dose of revenge on their District One counterparts, after the Indians eliminated Liberty from the second round of the state playoffs two years ago.
For head coach Chad Landis, it wasn't much about revenge, but rather gaining their second straight non-league victory over a high-caliber opponent.