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Through the years: Highlands routed Franklin Regional to clinch conference title

By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands’ Nathan McKinney
By Doug Gulasy
Nathan McKinney began lifting weights when he was in the seventh grade, but he didn’t participate in his first competition until last year. The years …
Birdie explains why he was wrong
By The Birdie
While the decision to go trick-or-treating or fly over some A-K Valley playoff games was an easy one for the Birdie because some area districts altered their goodie-grabbing schedules, he had a tougher time deciding whether to point out his off-kilter predictions for some teams and risk embarrassment. In the …
WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South
By Chris Harlan
There’s one sure way to fix the reputation of the Tri-County South, said coaches from the Class A conference. “You’ve got to win some ball …
Guido: WPIAL playoff storylines abound
By George Guido
Football playoff time is upon us. Seven area teams will enter postseason play Friday with the goal of a berth in the finals at Heinz …
Allegheny Conference teams get clean slate in WPIAL football playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Past struggles had no effect on the Allegheny Conference playoff draw after all. In fact, the WPIAL didn’t consider that the conference hasn’t won a …
Allegheny Conference football teams look to rebuild reputation in WPIAL playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Don’t blame Highlands or Apollo-Ridge for the Class AA Allegheny Conference’s ineffectiveness in the WPIAL football playoffs. Neither was around to contribute to the conference’s …
No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With speed-bursting, tackle-busting running backs on both teams, Highlands was concerned its regular-season finale against Shady Side Academy might look more like a track meet …
Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference
By George Guido
After all of the offseason hype, old rivalries renewed, new rivalries started, all of the scintillating games during the first half of the season — …
Highlands continues Allegheny domination in win over Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands continued to strengthen the bridge it has built over the Allegheny. And while a few bolts might need some tightening with the playoffs looming, …
Birdie ponders pretenders, contenders
By The Birdie
The Birdie Last week: 9-1 (.900) ·Season: 59-19 (.756) Twitter: TheBirdie_VND The Birdie sat on the ledge of his bedroom window beneath a Blood Moon and pondered the storylines — the highs and lows and everything in between — of this football season. While the A-K Valley’s football phantom has …
Highlands-Valley Bridge Bowl has different meaning to coaches
By Bill Beckner Jr.
To Sam Albert, this season has been like thumbing through a yearbook. The memories have come rushing back for the Highlands coach. Albert coached against …
Jackson surpasses 3,000 career rushing yards in Highlands’ rout of Burrell
By R.A. Monti
It was a night of firsts for Highlands in its 55-7 victory over Burrell on Friday at Golden Rams Stadium. The Rams (7-0, 7-0 Allegheny …
Highlands soccer coach suspended after autistic player taped to goalpost
By Liz Hayes
The Highlands School District on Wednesday confirmed the boys varsity soccer coach is suspended and announced the team’s season is over amid an investigation into the alleged hazing of an autistic teammate. District spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski said coach Jim Turner is suspended, though not because he is suspected of participating …
Guido: Highlands chasing A-K Valley history
By George Guido
The Highlands Golden Rams are on the brink of making football history this week. If Highlands defeats Burrell or if Valley loses to Kittanning, Highlands …
Highlands boys soccer players accused of duct-taping autistic teammate to goalpost
By Liz Hayes
Highlands School District and the Harrison Police Department are investigating a reported hazing incident of an autistic Highlands boys soccer player by two of his teammates. Harrison police Patrolman Chris Cottone said two 17-year-olds are accused of duct-taping 16-year-old sophomore Austin Babinsack to a soccer goalpost at the high school …

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