Estero 21, Lehigh 7
Fort Myers 56, East Lee County 14 Click here to see photos
Miami Westminster Christian 42, Riverdale 6
James Chaney was back on the Lehigh football field Tuesday as the head coach of the Lightning, four weeks after being reassigned by the Lee County School District for a professional standards inquiry and five weeks since coaching his last game on the sideline.
“I’m happy to be back,” said Chaney, whose one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct on Sept. 11 against South Fort Myers preceded his larger absence as head coach. “I’ve put all that behind me. And I just want to give these guys a chance.”
Surprisingly enough, Lehigh (2-5, 1-1) is still in the hunt for a playoff position in District 6A-11. The winner of its game against Estero (2-6, 1-1) on Friday will move on to the postseason, which is something the Lightning hasn’t accomplished since 2009.
“If they win, they’re in the playoffs,” Chaney said. “I’m telling them, if they prepare and practice hard and show up and be on time and play to the best of their ability, they can do well in this game.”
Lehigh 20 @ East Lee County 6
South Fort Myers 42 @ Riverdale 13
East Lee County 28 @ Bishop Verot 38
Lehigh 34 @ Cape Coral 23
Desoto County 6 @ Riverdale 25
Fort Myers 40 @ Lehigh Senior 7 Click Here Photos of Games and of Homecoming
Riverdale 14 @ Gulf Coast 32
East Lee County 13 @ Estero 39
News-Press Writer David Dorsey is reporting:
Lehigh Senior High School first-year football coach James Chaney has been removed from his positions at the school and has been replaced by Mike Farley, the team’s first-year defensive coordinator.
The Lee County School District has declined to explain Chaney’s removal, other than stating in an email he has been reassigned, pending an “inquiry with professional standards.”
Chaney, who is also an exceptional student education teacher at the school, did not coach in last Friday’s 29-28 loss to Island Coast and has not returned calls seeking comment.
Lehigh principal Jackie Corey has declined to comment due to district protocol regarding personal standard inquiries as to why Chaney, whom she hired, has been removed.
East Lee County — BY Week
Island Coast 29, Lehigh 28
Ida Baker 17, Riverdale 6
East Lee 14 vs Riverdale 32
Lehigh Senior 14 vs Barron Collier 41
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East Lee Hone vs Riverdale at 7 p.m.
Lehigh Senior Home vs Barron Collier at 7 p.m.
East Lee County 8 Sebring High School 49
Lehigh Senior 3 South Fort Myers 34
Riverdale 14 Dunbar 22