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Football Polls & A Major Announcement

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Before we talk about our next-to-last week of high school football polls on the Astound TV Network, a special programming note for Astound video customers. 

For this Thursday SportsTalk, ATVN lead football analyst Mike Joseph will be our special guest to recap all of last weekend’s high school football playoff games, and provide a preview of this weekend’s District 11 6A and 3A Championships.

Additionally, Mike will provide insights into this weekend’s Lafayette vs. Lehigh game. 


…we will have a MAJOR announcement concerning our local sports coverage and the future of live broadcasting sports and other specialty programming on ATVN.

Tune in this Thursday LIVE at 7:00 p.m. for all the details! We will also have more insight on this big news and details on how you can watch this Thursday’s show ONLINE… details coming your way right here on our website. 

Check back to “The Shop” next week for the final week of our polls (along with a check on how we did by comparison with our preseason polls) as the playoffs continue and we start to lose our local schools as the games roll on.

Our playoff coverage continues this weekend as we will be bringing you the second round of high school football playoff coverage

On Friday, we’ll have live coverage of the District XI 6A final and a rematch of one of our best regular season games of 2023 as Nazareth looks to avenge a 7-point loss to undefeated Parkland (these two teams have faced off in the district playoffs the last two years as well, with each team winning once).  Also, we will have the annual college battle between Lafayette and Lehigh on Saturday. 

(We were also hoping to bring you coverage of Whitehall, Northwestern and Bethlehem Catholic’s playoff games this Saturday, but because of our contractual obligations with Lafayette and the decision to move all the local games to Friday precludes us from being able to broadcast those schools’ games.)

Now here’s a look at our polls along with our criteria that we use.

This year, we are once again going to break down the two polls into EPC and Colonial League schools, within the Astound TV broadcast area.  With the Colonial teams cross-scheduling and playing teams from the Schuylkill League and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playing different “cross-over” teams, our poll will be an interesting barometer for teams in the Lehigh Valley since many local teams will not have the same opponents throughout their schedules.

Below we have high school polls for both leagues in the ATVN viewing area, along with the listing of all of the teams that are included in our respective categories.

  1. Parkland
  2. Nazareth  
  3. Emmaus
  4. Bethlehem Catholic
  5. Whitehall 

Eligible Teams (in no particular order):

Northampton, Bethlehem Catholic, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, Dieruff, Allen, Allentown Central Catholic, Parkland, Whitehall, Emmaus, and Nazareth.

  1. Northwestern
  2. Southern Lehigh
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Bangor

Other schools receiving votes: Catasauqua

Eligible Teams (in no particular order):

Bangor, Pen Argyl, Notre Dame – Green Pond, Wilson, Catasauqua, Salisbury, Saucon Valley, Northwestern, Northern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh.

Be sure to check back to the “upcoming events” section on our website and check it frequently for any changes and for our ongoing broadcast schedule information throughout the postseason.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Astound Broadband or any other agency, organization, employer or company.