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Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle

By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Travel softball players willing to sacrifice summer activities to showcase talent
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There’s a reason it’s called travel softball. Miles are just a number for the players, coaches and followers who flock from town to town and …
New Highlands AD has passion for position
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A mellow-mooded realist who toils in positivity and doesn’t fear failure, Chuck Debor is more concerned with the frame than the big picture as he …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Highlands hires new AD
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands hired Chuck Debor as its new athletic director Monday night. Debor, 52, who served the same position from 1992-95, is a former head football coach at Highlands. He replaces Matt Bonislawski, who was not retained when the position was made part-time and restructured to where the AD must have …
Elizabeth Forward softball team edges Highlands, 3-2
By George Guido
Undeterred by Highlands’ game-tying home run in the top of the seventh inning, the Elizabeth Forward softball team scored a run in the bottom of the inning for a WPIAL Class AAA first-round victory. Mercedesz Boyce scored on Lauren Cain’s single for a 3-2 victory over the Golden Rams at …
Alle-Kiski Valley spotlight athletes: Knoch’s Cole Shinsky, Highlands’ Cassidy Runyan
By D.j. Vasil
Cole Shinsky Class: Sophomore School: Knoch Sport: Baseball Report card: Shinsky helped Knoch reach the WPIAL playoffs as a hitter and pitcher. He’s delivered three …
Valley-area WPIAL softball capsules: Highlands faces Elizabeth Forward; Leechburg takes on South Side Beaver
By Tribune-Review
Thursday’s games Class AAA First round No. 10 seed Highlands (7-4)  vs. No. 7 Elizabeth Forward (11-5) 2 p.m. at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 2 …
Guido: NCAA does Cager Classic favor
By George Guido
The Cager Classic all-star game got some unexpected good news recently. The NCAA discontinued a regulation prohibiting an athlete from participating in more than two all-star games. This will bode well for the Cager Classic, which has been at Highlands for the last 18 seasons. There have been times when …
Clemente Jr., ex-Steeler Ward honor WPIAL’s most positive athletes
By Gary Horvath
The Senator John Heinz History Center was host to the third annual Western Pennsylvania Positive High School Athlete Awards on Saturday. The event, put on …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Highlands named most positive school
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Four local student-athletes and one Alle-Kiski school will be honored at the third annual Western Pennsylvania Positive High School Athlete Awards Saturday afternoon at the …
Former coach promotes game overseas
By George Guido
Former Leechburg coach and Highlands student-athlete Ed Jenkins stepped down as Charleroi football coach Monday. But the move won’t affect the trip for WPIAL football players to Italy next year that will be facilitated by Jenkins. Jenkins resigned at Charleroi due to health reasons after compiling a 4-14 mark over …
WVU-bound Highlands gymnast picks prom over national championships
By Bill West
Few seniors at Highlands better understand how to thrill a crowd with smooth moves and stunning balance than gymnast Jordan Gillette. Gillette’s abilities on the …
Alle-Kiski athletes branching out across the U.S.
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It started as an unassuming trip to the West Coast. It ended an unforgettable, life-changing experience for Sydney Bordonaro. The junior basketball standout from Burrell, …
A-K Valley roundup: Highlands edges Knoch in Section 5-AAA softball
By Staff Reports
Katie Grosholz drove in both runs for Highlands with a double in the bottom of the second inning Thursday as the Golden Rams edged Knoch, …
Highlands freshman Bonnett earns second PIAA swimming bronze
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Whether it was working really hard or being at the beginning of her high school swimming career — or a combination — Highlands freshman Bailey Bonnett isn’t going to complain about a four-second drop in time. Bonnett broke five minutes in the 500 free for the first time …
Cager Classic remains mainstay of Alle-Kiski basketball
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ken Elliott is retiring from teaching health and physical education at Knoch after 36-plus years. That will give him more time to help with the …
Highlands freshman nets PIAA bronze in 200 IM
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett’s debut was a successful one. The Highlands freshman took third Friday in the 200-yard individual medley to medal at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Bonnett, the WPIAL champion in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, finished with a …
Valley, Burrell advance 3 wrestlers each at state wrestling tournament
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Preoccupied with his first-round bout in the 182-pound weight class, Valley senior Terrell Fields missed most of the match on the adjacent mat, …
Challenge of PIAA championships excites Highlands freshman standout
By Bill West
Though she already owns two WPIAL Class AA swimming titles and has yet to lose a race in any individual high school event this season, …
A-K Valley swimmers punch state tickets
By Alex Oltmanns 11:25 a.m.
Pitted against numerous older and more experienced athletes from across the district, it is quite difficult for freshmen swimmers to advance out of the WPIAL meet and onto the PIAA championships. But that’s what two Knoch swimmers were able to achieve Friday at the WPIAL Class AA championships at Pitt’s …
Highlands, Knoch freshmen steal WPIAL spotlight at swim championships
By Gary Horvath
Age wasn’t a factor Thursday at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. Highlands freshman Bailey Bonnett took home the top spot …
Highlands swimmer adjusts to shorter race lengths
By Bill West
Bailey Bonnett entered her first season with Highlands’ varsity swim team with an unusual dilemma. Known as a distance swimming phenom before she even dipped …

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