HS Football 2019: Week 3

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One aspect of sports coverage that has changed with the early start to high school sports season is that our RCN SportsTalk team has been extremely proactive in trying to reach as many school districts and sports as possible by scheduling interviews with as many teams as possible, well in advance of the start of the school year.

This week traditionally was the start of the school’s “sports year,” but with the earlier starts to the season, we’ve been contacting coaches and scheduling interviews well before the first day of school. So as we celebrate “Labor Day” this week (and the remaining school districts that have not yet opened, conduct their “first day of school” activities), I wanted to point out all the Eastern Pennsylvania schools in our coverage area that we have scheduled to interview in the next week or have already spoken with:

Bethlehem Catholic
Central Catholic
East Stroudsburg-South
Northern Lehigh
Notre Dame
Pen Argy
Saucon Valley
Southern Lehigh

This doesn’t include our conversations and previews touching on EVERY Lehigh Valley district in our coverage area previewing each school’s football program.

We will also have features on our “DMV” teams coming up over the next several months as well, thanks to our friends at the Office of Cable Television in Washington, DC  and we will CONTINUE to be out covering games over the next several months in addition to featuring in-studio sports guests from different schools on “SportsTalk” and broadcasting live football games every weekend.

Not bad work for the “first day of school”….


Time for our look at our high school football polls (as voted by select media members, coaches and administrators within the RCN-TV viewing area) and the return of the “Pick 4” game predictions for games that will be played this weekend in the season’s opening weekend of contests.  For this week’s high school football poll for District XI teams…

 “Big” Schools Poll

1)  Freedom

2)  Parkland

3)  Nazareth

4)  Easton

5)  East Stroudsburg-South

“Small” Schools Poll

1)   Bethlehem Catholic

2)  Notre Dame

3)  Central Catholic

4)  Northwestern

Or poll remains with the standard format that we have utilized for many seasons.  For the largest school districts within the District XI/RCN-TV footprint, they qualify as the “big schools” in our pigskin poll.  These schools consist of Parkland, LibertyAllen, Easton, Emmaus, Dieruff, Freedom, StroudsburgPleasant ValleyNorthampton, Nazareth, WhitehallSouthern LehighEast Stroudsburg-South, and Pocono Mountain East & West. 

“Small schools” for our poll consist of schools from BangorSaucon Valley, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, Northwestern, WilsonPalisadesPalmertonSalisbury, Notre Dame, Pen ArgylNorthern Lehigh and Catasauqua. 

Check back each week here at “The Shop” to see if your favorite teams make our list!

The “PICK 4” Freedom vs. Parkland
*on RCN-TV
Bethlehem Catholic
vs. Liberty
Notre Dame vs. Southern Lehigh Northern Lehigh vs. Bangor
Gary Laubach Freedom Bethlehem Catholic Notre Dame Northern Lehigh
Tony Cocca  Freedom Bethlehem Catholic Notre Dame Bangor
Keith Groller Parkland Bethlehem Catholic Notre Dame Bangor
John Leone  Freedom Bethlehem Catholic Notre Dame Northern Lehigh
Chris Michael  Freedom Bethlehem Catholic Notre Dame Bangor

Keep following along each week here at “The Shop” and on our “RCN SportsTalk” television show for the latest “standings” and to see which of our local football personalities correctly predicts the most high school games this fall. Also, be sure to check out the new “fan voting” section of RCN-TV’s games each week here on our website to let your opinions be known as well!


Chris Michael About Chris Michael

Chris handles play-by-play for RCN sports events, including baseball, football & basketball games and produces/hosts the station’s 60-minute live call-in show. Among Chris’s other responsibilities include reporting on local news & sports stories, conducting “Take 5” interviews with community and political leaders, producing commercials, voiceovers and promos; and generating blog entries and videos on the internet. Click here to listen to the weekly Sports Talk podcast.

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