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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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

When you are coming off an outstanding season that ended with District 11 Class 2A silver medals and you return a 2,000-yard rusher things might seem to look pretty rosy.

That's the case at Northern Lehigh this season as Head Coach Joe Tout welcomes TIMES NEWS Player of the Year Cody Remaley and Patriot League recruit back as well as some good skill players in Matt Gill and Jake Kern to build a team around that should contend for the Colonial League title and get another shot at district gold.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 1978 Mike Tracy carries 24 times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Marian gain a 14-8 victory over Blue Mountain. Tracy opens the scoring with an eight-yard scoring run in the second quarter and then adds a 40-yard burst to the end zone in the final frame. The Colts, coached by Stan (Dick) Dakosty, also receive 101 yards rushing on 15 attempts from Kory Bates.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Billy Heinick watches his shot during Wednesday's match against Northwestern.

The competition throughout the Colonial League the past two years hasn't treated a young Northwestern golf team too kindly.

After not earning a single victory in 27 matches over that span, Tiger head coach Justin Smith believes the program is finally reaping the benefits from the experience.

It continued Wednesday afternoon against a Palmerton program that was hit hard by the graduation of previous TIMES NEWS Players of the Year Mike Englert and Dan Costenbader, and has in turn become a young team itself.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It was never in Marian's plans (in 2009) to be 3-7. After all, the school's gridders have a near opposite winning percentage (.690) in 33 years under veteran Coach Stan Dakosty.

So, when the bottom fell out last Fall after a 6-5 season the year prior, giving the Blue and Gold a sub-par two-year record of 9-12, everyone in Colt Country - the coaches, players and fans - felt the need to join forces to return Marian football to its glory years.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A year ago, Jim Thorpe suffered its first-ever losing season under the guidance of head coach Mark Rosenberger.

Rosenberger said that this year's squad knows what happened last season and is in the process of taking the right steps in getting back to its usual winning ways.

"It comes down to - first of all - to learn from the mistakes of last year," said Rosenberger, who holds a career record of 80-46 with the Olympians in 12 seasons. "I think this year our seniors have shown some great leadership.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1, 1995 Nick Keiser scores a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Lehighton gain a 15-6 win over Panther Valley. Keiser gives the Indians the lead by catching a seven-yard TD pass from Jason Nothstein and provides some insurance when he hits paydirt on a 33-yard run. Lehighton, coached by Dave Parsons, also receives a 34-yard field goal from Gabe Szozda. Defensively Greg White intercepts a pass in the end zone and also forces and recovers a fumble at the one-yard line.