Friday, June 23, 2017


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another regular season is in the books. Ten weeks of high school football has flown past.

It might seem like only yesterday that the nine area high schools were running through summer practices in the heat and humidity of August, but anyone out attending last Friday night's games when temperatures fell into the 20s knows that the 2009 season is now in its home stretch.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh Bulldogs are glad to be back in the District 11 playoffs after a one-year absence.

Now, the 8-2 squad wants to take another step in returning the program to its glory days.

The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs host No. 7 seed Salisbury (4-6) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a Class 2A first round matchup.

The two Colonial League teams met during the regular season with Northern Lehigh rolling to a 41-14 victory. The Bulldogs rushed for 432 yards that night and used numerous big plays to send the Falcons a wakeup call.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Three local Class AA football teams and one AAA squad have had their seasons extended another week by qualifying for the District 11 playoffs or Eastern Conference.

Northern Lehigh drew the No. 2 seed in the district 2A bracket and will host No. 7 seed Salisbury on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium at 7 p.m.

No. 4 seed Panther Valley will entertain No. 4 seed Tamaqua on Saturday at PV High Stadium at 7 in the 2A bracket.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Panthers blank Minersville

As Panther Valley ended their regular season on a good note with a 28-0 shutout win over visiting Minersville last night, it would have liked to work on some things in preparation for the upcoming District 11 Championships.

However, turning the ball over five times in the game was definitely not one of them.

Despite the lack of ball control, the Panthers did improve to 8-2 to and will move on to face Tamaqua in the first round next Saturday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

It had been five years since the Pleasant Valley football team had as many wins as it did losses.

That streak was put to rest Friday night.

Pleasant Valley capped off Jim Terwilliger's first season at the helm by beating Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg 28-7. In just one season Terwilliger took the Bears from a one-win team a year ago and made them a .500 team in 2009.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton’s Travis Wolfe gets tackled by Matt Gill of Northern Lehigh during their Colonial League contest Friday night.

"The monkey's off our back."

Those were the first words out of Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout's mouth after the Bulldogs handed Palmerton a 43-14 setback in the final Colonial League regular season game for both teams.

The Bulldogs had never beaten Palmerton in the first three years of Tout's head coaching career but that came to an end Friday night.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola splits Lehighton defenders Jon Rabenold (52) and Levi Haldeman (32).

Corey Cinicola did everything in his power to make sure Friday's night's game against Lehighton wasn't the final one of his high school career.

Cinicola threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, and was flawless in directing an Olympian offense that at one point scored on six straight possessions.

Cinicola's performance carried Jim Thorpe to a 48-27 victory over Lehighton in their annual game for the Route 209 Trophy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

CATASAUQUA – Northwestern's defense has had some great performances this season. But Friday night's shut out of one of the Colonial League's best offenses has to be at the top of the list.

The Tigers held Rough Rider quarterback Brandon Lesko to just 95 rushing yards and 70 passing. They didn't allow any big plays in a 13-0 win at Catty's Alumni Field.

"Our defense played really well the whole game," said Northwestern senior defensive back Greg Collopy. "I didn't think we'd shut them out, but I knew we could hold them to at least one score."

Friday, November 6, 2009

There was a bit of a shuffle at the top of the grid picks standings after last weekend's results came in.

Joe Plasko shocked us all with a 13-2 week and grabbed a share of the top spot with Shawn McFarland, who has pretty much had his own way as No. 1 through most of the season. Plasko and McFarland are both tied with 92-38 records right now with Andy Steinmetz just two games out at 95-40.

Despite a 9-6 week, I still picked up a game on the leader and now trail by a mere six games and hope to get a little closer this time around.

So here goes:

Thursday, November 5, 2009



Friday, 7 p.m.


Northern Lehigh (7-2 overall, 7-2 Colonial League); Palmerton (1-8 overall, 1-8 Colonial League)


* Bulldogs go back to fundamentals this week after the loss to Catasauqua. Head Coach Joe Tout said his team isn't carrying the ball well right now. The Bulldogs got away with it against Bangor, fumbling the ball but recovering it. That didn't happen against the Roughies. The Bulldogs must avoid turning the ball over against the Bombers.