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VND high school notebook: Football classification changes affect rivalry dynamic

By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Allegheny Football Conference could look a lot different next season, much to the chagrin of an A-K Valley following that got used to short ...
Backcourt trio to fuel Highlands boys basketball team’s offense
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Remember this feeling. That was the message from coach Tyler Stoczynski to his Highlands boys basketball players last season after they walked off the court with ...
New Highlands girls basketball coach ready to run
By Bill Beckner Jr.
New Highlands girls basketball coach Drew Jonczak believes the impetus for his team’s success lies in the repetition of fundamentals. He also knows he must absorb ...
Playmakers, stingy defense key Seton-La Salle’s victory over Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Seton-La Salle coach Damon Rosol didn’t think he called a good game. He wasn’t thrilled to have to coach against Highlands’ Sam Albert again, either. But ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands’ Lavontae Martin
By Jerin Steele
Having a big tight end as a security blanket in the passing game is something most quarterbacks dream about. Highlands quarterback Brayden Thimons is certainly ...
Highlands looks to avenge loss to Seton-La Salle
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands coaches do not attend the WPIAL’s annual football playoff pairings meeting, and they have their reasons for it. “We went one year and we ...
Highlands regains signature style of football, blanking Shady Side Academy
By R.A. Monti
After three lackluster games, Highlands coach Sam Albert finally saw his team play the brand of football he’s used to in a 42-0 win over Shady Side Academy. The No. 10 Golden Rams (7-2, 6-2) racked up 472 yards of offense while only allowing 102 yards to the Indians (3-6, ...
South Park holds off another upset bid by Highlands
By Doug Gulasy
Days after knocking out the defending Class AA champion in the first round of the playoffs, Highlands had another WPIAL powerhouse on the ropes. A short lapse in the second half kept the Golden Rams from their second straight upset and some more team history. South Park’s Kylie Tranter scored a pair ...
A-K Valley girls teams prepare for quarterfinal matchups
By Doug Gulasy
Girls Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 9 Plum (15-2)  vs. No. 1 Norwin (19-0) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway Winner plays: No. 4 Seneca Valley or No. 12 Peters Township Free kicks: This is a rematch of a 2014 first-round game that Plum won 1-0 in a shootout. Chelsea ...
Highlands girls soccer team knocks off defending champion Montour in first round
By Haley Sawyer
You could hear the Highlands girls soccer team celebrating and shrieking on their bus all the way from midfield. They’re moving forward in the playoffs for the first time in program history. And they’re doing so after taking down 2014 Class AA champion Montour, 2-1, on Saturday. “We had to come in ...
Last-second FG lifts Valley past Highlands in ‘Battle for the Bridge’
By Doug Gulasy
As the Valley team bus pulled out of Highlands’ parking lot Friday night, the players on board chanted “New Ken Bridge!” in jubilation. The Vikings’ ownership ...
Breaking down Alle-Kiski soccer teams in the WPIAL playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Class AA boys Preliminary round No. 16A Freeport (11-7) at  No. 16B Mt. Pleasant (10-5-2) 6 p.m. Saturday Winner plays: No. ...
Alle-Kiski notebook: A-R vs. Deer Lakes showcases top RBs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Two of the top running backs in the Alle-Kiski Valley and WPIAL will be on display Friday night in West Deer. The potential exists for the ...
VND spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Kayla Beale, Burrell’s Corey Mazary
By William Whalen
Kayla Beale School: Highlands Class: Senior Sport: Soccer Report card: Beale, a second-year team captain, scored a hat trick in a 7-1 Section 2-AA win ...
Playoff positioning up for grabs between Highlands, Valley in ‘Battle for the Bridge’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands and Valley are on opposite sides of the Allegheny River and could grow farther apart in the Allegheny Conference if Highlands has its way. ...
Highlands uses trick play, goal-line stand to beat Burrell
By George Guido
After going scoreless for seven quarters and facing a second consecutive loss, Highlands resorted to some chicanery on a fourth-down play. A flea flicker from ...

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