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Thursday, December 30, 2010

It should come as no surprise that Northern Lehigh dominates this year's TIMES NEWS All-Star Football Team.

The Bulldogs posted an undefeated regular season, winning the Colonial League in the process, and then went on to claim District 11 Class AA honors.

With such success, Joe Tout had seven of his players named to our First Team. Six more were selected to the Second Team.

Pleasant Valley, which reached the district playoffs for the first time since 1994, had six players make the First Team and three more honored on the second squad.

Monday, November 22, 2010
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh football players hold the District 11 Class AA trophy high in the air after defeating North Schuylkill on Saturday night.

They waited a year for a chance to get their hands on district gold medals and the trophy and there was no way they were going to let it slip away this time.

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh Bulldogs went after North Schuylkill right on the opening drive and kept the lead the entire night as they handed the Spartans a 25-23 setback to win the District 11 Class 2A championship on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

Monday, November 22, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mike Buresh (82) and Kyle Heiser were part of a huge effort by the Northern Lehigh offensive line. Kody Flail (32) is the North Schuylkill defender.

Northern Lehigh's only question mark heading into the season was its offensive line.

While the Bulldogs returned all of their offensive skill players, all five interior linemen graduated from the 2009 district runners up.

Over its first 11 games this year's group proved there was no drop off from last season. With Saturday's District 11 Class AA championships, the unit showed that it could be even better this year.

Monday, November 22, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Echo Bretz pushes the ball upfield.

WHITEHALL – This time there were tears instead of cheers, comforting instead of celebrating, and frustration instead of jubilation.

Just one year ago, the Lehighton field hockey team captured the first PIAA State Championship in school history with a dramatic penalty stroke victory.

Saturday, the Indians returned to the Whitehall High School Sports Complex hoping for another dream finish. Instead, they suffered through a nightmare.

Monday, November 22, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak scoops up the ball as she goes around a Wyoming Seminary defender during Saturday's PAA Class AA State Championship game.

WHITEHALL – Everything seemed to be in order for back-to-back gold medals.

Once again the Lehighton girls field hockey team defied the odds and reached the PIAA AA State Championship game with eerily the same credentials.

The tough regular season schedule prepared Lady Indians to excel in the post-season; they captured the MVC and District 11 Championships once again; and, they had reached the finals by shutting out all of their opponents in the state tournament.

Monday, November 15, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe’s Terry Moll is brought down by Northern Lehigh defenders Kirk Bender (40), Trevor Yashur (on ground) and Caleb Johnson (86).

In its three biggest regular season games this season, Northern Lehigh owned the second half. When Saturday's District 11 Class AA semifinal was close at halftime, the Bulldogs liked their position.

Northern Lehigh had a one-point lead after two quarters Saturday. If not for a late first-half touchdown, Jim Thorpe could have been ahead at halftime.

But as Northern Lehigh has done before, it dominated the second half en route to a 34-19 win. The win sets up a district title rematch against North Schuylkill, which beat Pen Argyl in Saturday's other semifinal.

Monday, November 15, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton’s Jordyn Homyak (right) and Selinsgrove’s Candice Smith both find themselves airbourne as they battle for control of the ball.

HERSHEY Ten seconds.

That's all the time it took for Lehighton's field hockey team to gain momentum in Saturday's PIAA state quarterfinal game against Selinsgrove.

With possession to start the Class AA contest, the Indians' Jordyn Homyak sent a long lift downfield. Before the ball hit the ground Echo Bretz played it, gained control, and beat the Seals' keeper for a goal and a quick lead.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I took a big hit during the final week of the regular season. It was a good time to gamble a bit and all of the gambles I took fell by the wayside.

The good news is, we have three more weeks left starting tonight and even though I might not be able to catch the top of the heap, hopefully I just won't finish in last place.

Three local teams (Northern Lehigh, Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley) have kept their seasons alive and hopefully two of them will still be around when I write this column next week.

So get your playoff game face on and here goes:

Friday, November 12, 2010
Jim Thorpe's Phil Schron

Everyone in District 11 knows about the accomplishments of Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley.

After all, not many running backs eclipse 6,000 rushing yards in their career.

Many others are aware that Jake Kern, the Bulldogs' most versatile player, can also go the distance any time he touches the ball.

While those two have grabbed most of the headlines throughout their perfect 10-0 season, Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger is more impressed with the real reason the two have been able to post impressive numbers in 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010
JT biggest team Nolehi has faced

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs finished their first order of business last week when they tucked away the Colonial League championship with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.

While the team was headed toward the fire trucks and buses that paraded them around town, Bulldog quarterback Dylan Hofmann put everything into perspective for his teammates.

"We'll enjoy this now, but remember, we're 0-0 again tomorrow," he quipped.

The Bulldogs stayed focused through the entire 10-game schedule, except for what might have been a little hiccup during the win against Palisades.