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Friday, December 30, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur, second from left

It's becoming quite common this time of the year.

Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.

After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.

In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Just two more weeks of Grid Picks remaining on the 2011 schedule here and I'm still trying to make it over the hump to try and finish in the top half of the standings. I'm also trying to make sure that the guys behind me stay there.

Would you believe some of them want to finish ahead of me so bad, they've turned to outside sources to do their picks for them?

Doesn't matter since my Ol' Crystal Ball still has a little bit of life in it...might trade it in for a new one for next fall, but it'll be ok to take me through the final weeks.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The high school football season came to an end for seven local teams this past weekend, but two TIMES NEWS area teams earned another week of practice and another game.

Northern Lehigh, with its 9-1 record, earned the No. 3 seed in the District 11 2A tournament and will travel to No. 2 seed North Schuylkill (10-0) for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday and a rematch of the district championship game the past two years.

No. 4 Pine Grove (9-1) will make the trip to No. 1 seed and Colonial League champion Pen Argyl (10-0) for a 1 p.m. Saturday start in the other semifinal.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Both Catasauqua and Northwestern would rather be playing for a district playoff spot this Friday night. At the same time, both teams are excited for the opportunity to extend their season with a win this week.

With the Class AA bracket already decided, the two Colonial League foes are set to battle it out for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The winner of Friday night's game at Catty's Alumni Field can lock up the postseason berth, possibly as the No. 1 seed in Division II.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh's Lauren Zellner tries to stick handle around a Moravian Academy defender.

EMMAUS - It was the toughest loss that the Northern Lehigh field hockey team had to take in some time.

After battling back to score a second half goal to send Wednesday night's District 11 Class AA semifinal against Moravian Academy into overtime, the Lady Bulldogs looked like they had the momentum to punch their ticket to Thursday's championship game back at Emmaus.

That didn't happen, however, and the Lions managed to pull out a 2-1 win and earn the right to take on Southern Lehigh, the other semifinalist winner, for the 2A title at 6 o'clock.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playing meaningful games late in the season is the goal of all high school football teams.

For six of the nine teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area, that's exactly what they will be doing as the regular season concludes this weekend.

Northern Lehigh has qualified for the District 11 Class AA playoffs while Marian has a very slight chance of making the District 11 Class A playoffs. Most of the drama surrounds the Eastern Conference playoffs where Marian, Tamaqua, Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Lehighton are all alive.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jim Thorpe at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Jim Thorpe 1-8 (1-7 Anthracite Football League); Lehighton 3-6 (1-5 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Marian def. Jim Thorpe 45-14; East Stroudsburg North def. Lehighton 42-21

JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Patrick Duvigneaud (has thrown or rushed for a touchdown in every game this year), WR Khaaliq Lynch (second in TIMES NEWS area in receiving)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Marian running back Paul Martin has been used to getting all the attention this season, but it looks like there is a new sheriff in Hometown.

The Colts apparently have a second running back with game-breaking abilities in junior Dylan Quirk. Martin certainly won't mind sharing the lime light with Quirk, especially if he keeps helping the Colts get victories.

Friday, October 28, 2011

With the regular season winding down, most of the guys took a big hit last week, all except for Jason Boris, who has just about locked up the 2011 title.

Not that we are all throwing in the title, but after his 12-3 week, no one is even close to him anymore.

Why does Boris do so well?

Maybe it's because he studies these games for days like there was a big cash prize on the line and the rest of us realize it is for amusement only. Some of our writers even let their friends, mothers or daughters make the picks for them.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's hard to believe, but the 2011 high school football season is already into the home stretch.

The first eight weeks of the season haven't been extremely successful for the majority of area teams. Heading into this week's action, Northern Lehigh is the only local team with a winning record. The Bulldogs (7-1) are also the only area team that appears likely to be headed to the District 11 playoffs.

But despite the lack of overall team success, the season has produced some outstanding individual highlights so far.