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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Remaley continues to be Nolehi's workhorse

He lines up in the backfield, looking straight ahead at his offensive line.

Across that line are defenders staring and pointing, shifting and inching forward in anticipation.

It doesn't matter that you can't recognize the No. 2 on his jersey anymore, having been covered by mud and grass stains. It also doesn't matter that he's already carried the ball 30 times and he's been knocked around for three-plus quarters.

It doesn't matter, because everybody on the field knows what's going to happen next.

Cody Remaley is going to get the ball.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

BOYS SOCCER

JIM THORPE

Head coach Anthony Dixon (First season)

Assistant coaches none

Last year's record 2-15 overall

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Zach Ligenza, Dillon Smith, Kyle Bradley, John Mazella, Matt McCauley

Key returnees Mitch Franko (Sr/Mid), Corey Ligenza (So/For), Benny Mazella (So/Mid), Kyle Lawrence (So/For), Dalton Becker (So/Def), Shane Breicheotto (So/Def), Justin Kaminski (So/GK);

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A year ago at this time, the Pleasant Valley football program was coming off of a 1-9 season and looking for a fresh start with new head coach Jim Terwilliger.

Twelve months later the Bears aren't looking for another fresh start. They are looking to keep the momentum going.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It has been more than a half century since Tamaqua achieved what it has done on the gridiron the past two seasons.

The Blue Raiders followed up 2008's 8-4 record and Eastern Conference Class AA title game berth with the school's first-ever District 11 football playoff berth last year, finishing with an 8-3 mark.

The last time Tamaqua put together back-to-back eight win seasons was in 1956-57.

Admittedly, that is a tough act to follow, but the return of their entire backfield gives the Raiders reason for optimism this season.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last season, a very talented senior class left an exclamation point on the Panther Valley football program!

Led by the three-headed monster of quarterback Casey Lawrence, running back Kyle McAvoy and wide receiver Jake Dunn, the Panthers averaged nearly 30 points per game (29.1) and finished the year with a 9-3 overall record (their best season since 1992 when they finished 10-3).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tamaqua, Panther Valley and Pleasant Valley were all successful on the golf links on Wednesday, while Tamaqua also managed a win in tennis.

GOLF

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Although Jim Thorpe's Dean DiBonifazio posted a four-over 74, it was not enough as the Blue Raiders topped the Olympians 347-366.

Steve Christ once again led Tamaqua (2-5, 2-4) with an 82. Matt Hadesty added an 86, while Trevor Reinhardt shot an 89. Nick Toth was a stroke behind with a 90.

TAMAQUA (347)

Steve Christ 82, Matt Hadesty 86, Trevor Reinhardt 89, Nick Toth 90

Thursday, September 2, 2010
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh soccer players warm up with some juggling drills before the start of practice. Among the key returnees for the Bulldogs this season are, from left, Jimmy Bilger, Casey McCarroll, Tyler Hoppes, Scott Bechtel, Thatcher George and Channing Shiffert. Shiffert, the 2009 TIMES NEWS Soccer Player of the Year, will double as the kicker for the Bulldogs' football team this season.

Northern Lehigh soccer standout Channing Shiffert and Bulldog coach John Sitaras are both pretty extreme soccer fans. It is easily their favorite sport and they are both hoping that the increase in American fan support continues to grow at the rate it has been.

However, their second favorite sport is football.

This fall, Sitaras agreed to share Shiffert with the Northern Lehigh football team. When not on the soccer field, Shiffert will be handling the place kicking duties for the Bulldog gridders.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The 2009 football season was one that the Palmerton Blue Bombers want to forget.

After back-to-back trips to the District 11 Class 2A championship game, the Blue Blue Bombers went 1-9 in the Colonial League despite being in a number of games that they just couldn't finish.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New and improved.

That could be the motto of the Lehighton football team in 2010.

With an entirely different offense in place and a switch in their primary defense, the Indians will definitely have a new look.

After struggling with injuries and depth during a one-win season a year ago, head coach George Ebbert is hoping the changes lead to vast improvement.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Any time the word 'spread' is used to describe an offense, it conjures images of big plays, of backs with lots of running room and receivers catching the ball in stride.

Northwestern hopes to make some of those plays this season as it spreads out its Wing-T offense. However, with a new group of skill position players and an experienced line, it might not be the backs and receivers that carry the Tigers to success this season.