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Friday, December 18, 2009

The tradition that Bob Mitchell established for Northwestern football over the past 28 years isn't something Tom Linette takes lightly.

He's been at Mitchell's side for each and every one of those years. The two are best friends.

So when Mitchell decided to step down at the end of last season, there was one thing Linette had to ask himself before seeking to be the next head coach.

"Would my being head coach carry on his tradition? I felt strongly enough that it would," Linette said Thursday at a press conference to announce his hiring.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Five Panthers, three Blue Raiders and one Colt were all recently named to the Anthracite Football League All-First Team.

Panther Valley had Casey Lawrence (QB), Kyle McAvoy (RB/DB), Jake Dunn (WR), Jason Harrison (LB) and Ryan Richards (LB) make the squad. McAvoy was named to the first team on both sides of the ball, while Dunn was awarded the Offensive Player of the Year award.

Tamaqua's Anthony Bumbulsky (WR), Erik Krause (OL) and Garth Lakitsky (LB), along with Marian's Bruce Balliet (DE), made the first team as well.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The All-Colonial League Football Team has been announced with seven Northern Lehigh Bulldog first team selections, including a pair of two-way first team players. Palmerton garnered the only other area first team player.

The Bulldogs finished second place to Wilson during the season and just one behind the Warriors in first team selections.

They were led by Junior rusher Cody Remaley whose 2,000-yard season placed him in the first-team backfield.

Monday, November 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern looks for running room as North Schuylkill's Tanner Dean and Mike Shinkus move in.

MAHANOY CITY - Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout knew his team was so close to delivering a knockout punch to North Schuylkill inthe District 11 Class 2A championship on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs had those hopes stripped from them in the fourth quarter as the Spartans ran off 19 straight points to pull out a 33-26 triumph before an overflow crowd at Alumni Stadium.

The first District title for the Spartans in 13 years didn't come easy, but they earned the right to meet West Catholic on Saturday in the PIAA Interdistricts at 1 p.m. at Palisades High School.

Monday, November 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Mike Buresh (left) and Nick Hartman (72) get set to block North Schuylkill's Kody Flail.

High school football games are won and lost on the line of scrimmage.

Northern Lehigh's play on the line of scrimmage was a big reason it won 10 games this season and earned a spot in the District 11 title game.

The Bulldogs' have the Colonial League's leading rusher and the top ball carrier in the Times News area in Cody Remaley. The junior running back ran for 2,155 yards on 354 carries this year thanks in part to the line in front of him, which featured 12 years of experience among the five interior linemen.

Friday, November 27, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's backfield will hope to have a strong game against North Schuylkill in Saturday's District 11 Class AA championship game. Members of the Bulldog attack include, from left, Cody Remaley, Matt Gill, Tyler Bolton, Dylan Bolton, and Jake Kern.

It's been a few years, but that winning feeling and playoff fever has hit the Northern Lehigh football program again.

The Bulldogs return to the District 11 Class AA championship game when they take on unbeaten North Schuylkill (12-0) Saturday night at 7 o'clock at Mahanoy Area High School.

Both teams won thrillers, with the Bulldogs holding off Catasauqua (20-17) and the Spartans beating Panther Valley in three overtimes, 35-28.

Monday, November 23, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Ryan Porambo pulls in a pass as Kody Flail of North Schuylkill makes the tackle.

POTTSVILLE – After relying on its ground game for the majority of Saturday's District 11 Class AA semifinal game, North Schuylkill went to the air to save its season.

Unable to punch the ball in on the ground on any of its three overtime possessions during in a game in which the Spartans compiled close to 200 yards rushing in regulation the Spartans turned to their passing game twice in overtime.

The resulting touchdowns allowed North Schuylkill to escape with a 35-28 victory.

Monday, November 23, 2009
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley looks for running room against Catasauqua.

Northern Lehigh's defense was on the field for the final six minutes and 31 seconds of the game as Catty's offense held the ball for 19 plays to end Saturday's District 11 Class AA championship game.

But after the Roughies decided to go for the win instead of keeping a game-tying field goal on the board, Bulldogs held them out of the end zone to secure a 20-17 win and a berth in Saturday's title game against top-seeded North Schuylkill.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bob Mitchell had hoped his 308th and final game as Northwestern's head coach would end with his team hoisting the Eastern Conferene Class AAA trophy.

However, despite Beca's 13-0 win in Friday night's title game in New Tripoli, Mitchell walked off the field proud of his team and the effort it gave.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Heading in to last week's first round of post-season play, I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to pick up a game or two on some of those sitting right in front of me in the Grid Picks race.

Even though I tied the four guys up front with a 10-5 week, it's not good enough if I want to at least try to finish in the top half of the standings.