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Returning QB Thimons ready to lead Highlands

By Doug Gulasy
As a first-year starting quarterback, Brayden Thimons leaned on star running back Elijah Jackson on and off the field. With Jackson gone, the burden of leading ...
Class AA breakdown: Dynamic offense to again lead 2-time PIAA champion South Fayette
By Karen Price
South Fayette football coach Joe Rossi is certain that other teams are looking at the Lions, now without record-setting quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, and thinking they’re ...
Birdie says heat is on for another season of football picks
By The Birdie
The Birdie likes to get up close and personal with the sport he covers so, despite his climbing age, he puts himself through the preseason ...
Highlands’ Lineburg ready to blitz Allegheny Conference opponents
By Doug Gulasy
Jordan Lineburg couldn’t contain his smile when discussing his role in Highlands defense this year. “We’re a blitzing team. I’m coming off that edge all the ...
WPIAL board rules Highlands’ Nee, Valley’s Banko eligible
By Chris Harlan
Highlands basketball player Jamison Nee and Valley wrestler Nicholas Banko were ruled athletically eligible Monday in separate hearings with the WPIAL Board of Directors. Nee, ...
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Highlands QB using helmet-mounted camera to film practices
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Brayden Thimons lurks like a shark behind the defensive line at Highlands football practice. His fin is a $200 GoPro camera that is fastened to ...
VND notebook: Leg injuries sideline Highlands’ Martinka
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Doug Gulasy
Dom Martinka had a legitimate chance to be the featured running back for Highlands this season, a formidable replacement for standout Elijah Jackson, a 1,700-yard ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Highlands senior awaits eligibility ruling
By Doug Gulasy
In Highlands athletic director Chuck Debor’s words, sports “helped save” Emilio Seymour. Now the school district is hoping to help him get one more year ...
Highlands athletic director back on the job
By Emily Balser
Dozens of supporters applauded the Highlands School Board on Monday night for bringing Chuck Debor back as athletic director. Debor resigned last month citing a difference in opinion over the direction and vision for the district with some school board members. He changed his mind after receiving an outpouring of ...
High school notebook: Highlands’ Lineburg’s collegiate stock rising
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands will have a number of key players returning from last year’s 10-1 football team that reached the WPIAL quarterfinals and won the Allegheny Conference ...
VND high school notebook: Highlands AD Debor resigns
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands soon will be looking for a new athletic director after the resignation of Chuck Debor. Debor said a conflict with the school board is ...
Vincentian’s Nee transferring to Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jamison Nee is coming home. The standout basketball player from Harrison Township is transferring from Vincentian Academy to Highlands. Highlands athletic director Chuck Debor said ...
Mt. Pleasant softball storms past Highlands in WPIAL playoff game
By Jason Black
Falling behind by three runs in the first inning was not how the Mt. Pleasant softball team planned to start the playoffs. However, after a ...
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff softball capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Class AAAA First round No. 8 Fox Chapel (11-5) vs. No. 9 Seneca Valley (14-3) 5 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Winner plays: No. ...
Guido: WPIAL enrollment declines seen on draft day
By George Guido
Let’s meet the one and only — Jesse James. No, not the Confederate soldier-turned outlaw in the old Wild West. The modern-day Jesse James, a South Allegheny graduate, was the only player from a WPIAL school selected in last week’s NFL Draft. James, who left Penn State a year early, was picked ...
VND high school roundup: Highlands softball team makes playoffs
By Staff Reports
Highlands played its part in what turned out to be a crazy Monday in Section 5-AAA softball. The host Golden Rams knocked off first-place Hampton, 7-1, to clinch a playoff spot on the final day of section play. Timely hitting and defense keyed the win for Highlands (5-5, 5-5), which won three ...
High school baseball teams relish opportunity to play at PNC Park
By John Harris
In the midst of playing a baseball game at PNC Park, Hempfield catcher Eric Loucks permitted his mind to drift. Accustomed to less glamorous surroundings at ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Michaela Geracia, Burrell’s Jiunan Chen
By William Whalen 2:04 a.m.
Michaela Geracia School: Highlands Class: Junior Sport: Softball Report card: In her first season as a full-time starter, Geracia hit her first career grand slam ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands baseball team wins at PNC Park
By Staff Reports
Highlands baseball team didn’t get to play a full game at PNC Park on Sunday, but the Golden Rams were glad to return home with a win. Highlands (2-10) got offensive contributions from several players in an 11-1, five-inning win over Ford City (2-5) in a nonsection game. Highlands scored seven runs ...

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