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Former Timberlake and Chewelah football coach Roy Albertson was laid up on a hospital bed on two occasions during his long and successful career, the second ailment more serious than the first.
Timberlake head football coach Roy Albertson underwent open heart surgery Wednesday after collapsing at practice Tuesday. Assistant coaches used resuscitation measures including shocking Albertson’s chest, assistant Brian Kluss said. He was taken by helicopter to Kootenai Health.
The Timberlake football team may field its youngest team ever under coach Roy Albertson.
While the Timberlake Tigers are favored to claim a 13th consecutive crown and advance to the state playoffs for a 14th straight year under Roy Albertson, this is the first season in some time that Timberlake should be challenged.
If anyone is synonymous with Intermountain League football championships it’s Timberlake coach Roy Albertson. Entering his 13th season after “retiring” from a similar position at Chewelah, Albertson has directed Timberlake to 10 league titles, including the last six, and 12 straight trips to the playoffs.
In education parlance they’re called double dippers. They’re the coaches or administrators who retire from teaching in Washington and head to Idaho seeking similar jobs because they’re not ready to walk off into the sunset.
Timberlake will continue its dominance this year. The Tigers have captured eight straight Intermountain League championships and qualified for the state playoffs for 10 consecutive years.
Year in and year out talk about football in the Intermountain League begins and ends with one school – Timberlake. If seven straight league championships and nine straight playoff appearances don’t make Timberlake king of the IML what would?
In his first nine seasons as head football coach at Timberlake, coach Roy Albertson’s teams have made the State 3A playoffs each year. That isn’t about to change this fall. In fact, the Tigers are heavily favored to captured a seventh straight Intermountain League championship.
Intermountain League opponents will see a lot less of Timberlake High’s Allen Foote this fall but a lot more to his game. Foote, at 6-feet-2 and 315 pounds, was an All-IML lineman last season, but he dropped 40 pounds by turning out for the wrestling team last winter and he’s kept it off as the Tigers prepare to defend their 2010 IML football championship.
The good news for the Timberlake High football team is it returns nine two-way starters. The bad new is the Tigers’ depth is razor thin.