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Highlands’ effort to win playoff game thwarted by Keystone Oaks

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands poked and prodded at Keystone Oaks’ lead. But every time the Golden Rams got close, the Eagles did something to keep momentum on their side. That ...
Trio of A-K Valley basketball teams make long-awaited return to postseason
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg’s girls basketball team has heard about the WPIAL playoffs. The larger crowds. The increased sense of urgency. The bracket-busting upsets. But the Blue Devils finally ...
Alle-Kiski girls basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Class AAA Preliminary round Deer Lakes (14-8) vs. Greensburg Salem (7-15) 1:30 p.m. Saturday at  Gateway Winner gets: No. 4 Blackhawk (16-6), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at ...
Guido: Familiar faces dot WPIAL playoff brackets
By George Guido
The 104th WPIAL basketball tournament is set to begin this weekend, and many local fans are curious to see how far the Highlands boys and the Burrell girls can progress. No. 4-seeded Highlands will get into action Tuesday at Fox Chapel against the Trinity-Mount Pleasant winner. No. 2 Burrell ...
Leechburg boys put focus on top-seeded Monessen with hazing allegations swirling
By Bill Beckner Jr.
To some’s surprise, Leechburg’s boys basketball coaches showed up at the WPIAL playoff pairings meeting Tuesday night to find out their first-round opponent. It seemed ...
Highlands boys, Burrell girls look for respect at pairings meeting
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands has seen a steady upturn in its boys basketball program in the three-plus years Tyler Stoczynski has been coach. In his first year, the team ...
High school notebook: Deer Lakes lineman lands unexpected call from RMU
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nate Morrissey’s life changed in less than 24 hours. The big lineman from Deer Lakes was pondering playing college football at Division II schools, perusing his ...
A-K Valley roundup: Nee’s big night leads Highlands to victory
By Staff Reports
Jamison Nee’s teammates aren’t the only ones going with him to the big dance. Nee took advantage of a moment during Friday night’s pregame senior night ...
Boda’s hot start propels Highlands girls past Deer Lakes
By Jerin Steele
Highlands coach Drew Jonczak’s game plan going into Thursday night was to get Nicole Boda involved early in the game. The plan worked to perfection. ...
A-K Valley high school roundup: No. 4 Highlands boys topple rival Burrell
By Staff Reports
Highlands has some standout scorers, but the Golden Rams showed Tuesday they have plenty of balance as well. Mitch DeZort led five players in double figures with 24 points as Class AAA No. 4 Highlands posted an 85-71 victory over Section 1 rival Burrell. Rounding out the balanced scoring effort, Brayden ...
Castello’s double-double helps Mars to 14th straight win over Highlands
By Bill Beckner
Playing against Mars has been a frustrating exercise in futility for Highlands. That will happen when a team has your number. Senior John Castello scored a ...
Young Alle-Kiski Valley coaches find success on mat
By Doug Gulasy
Grant Walters was just seven years removed from his high school graduation when he took over the Highlands wrestling program. Although he had prior experience with ...
Highlands junior Bonnett makes waves at USA Swimming
By Doug Gulasy
On Bailey Bonnett’s first day of fourth grade, her teacher asked his students to write down their dreams. Bonnett’s was straightforward: “My dream is to ...
Highlands halts Hampton, keeps share of 1st place in section
By George Guido
Highlands swept the season series from Hampton for the first time in five years, but it wasn’t easy. The Golden Rams led by 11 points with ...
Late surge leads Highlands past Knoch in Section 1-AAA
By George Guido
With the Knoch boys basketball team coming off a big road win at Hampton on Friday, Highlands knew it would need a solid effort to ...
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Highlands to compete at county tournament
By Doug Gulasy
Westmoreland County held its wrestling showcase earlier this month. This weekend, Allegheny County will get its turn. The annual Allegheny County Wrestling Championships, featuring 35 teams, will take place Friday and Saturday at Fox Chapel. Highlands represents the only Alle-Kiski Valley competitor at the tournament. Christian Lechner is seeded 14th at 120 ...
Highlands junior qualifies for U.S. Open and Speedo Junior National swim meets
By Doug Gulasy
A day after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimmer Bailey Bonnett could not match that achievement Saturday. But the Highlands junior still managed to earn a spot in a pair of other prestigious meets. Bonnett finished in 4 minutes, 56.07 seconds in the preliminary heats for the 400-meter individual medley ...
PSNK men’s basketball team wins 1st conference game
By Staff Reports
Penn State New Kensington held off Penn State Hazleton, 61-59, on Saturday at PSNK Field House for its first PSUAC win of the season. Freshman guard Antonio Hill scored 17 points, and junior Jordan Williams added 14 for PSNK (4-9, 1-5). Second-semester freshman newcomers Alex Smith and Joret Chambers scored nine. ...
Thimons’ return helps spark Highlands rally
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Brayden Thimons was on “emergency only” duty Friday night for Highlands. What constitutes an emergency? How about a double-digit deficit against Freeport? We’re talking Code Red. Back from a thumb injury from football that cost him a dozen games this season, Thimons returned to help boost a team already down one key ...
High school notebook: Alle-Kiski Valley softball players compete in overseas tournament
By Doug Gulasy
A trio of Alle-Kiski Valley softball players are taking their game overseas this weekend. Highlands senior infielder Michaela Geracia and junior catcher Olivia Graff and Freeport ...
Secondary scorers step up to help take pressure off Burrell’s go-to players
By Bill Beckner Jr. 8:57 p.m.
Burrell knew just as well as its opponents coming into the season that forward Natalie Myers would be the centerpiece of its offense. The 5-foot-11 ...
A-K Valley high school roundup: Nee leads Highlands boys past Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Highlands guard Jamison Nee had a big first quarter. The Golden Rams as a whole posted a dominant third quarter. Both paved the way for a section win. Nee scored a game-high 26 points as Class AAA No. 4 Highlands pulled away for a 77-50 victory over Deer Lakes in Section 1-AAA ...
Bench plays key role as Deer Lakes girls hold off hard-charging Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Using hockey-like lineup changes late to keep a fresh five on the floor, the Deer Lakes girls basketball team held off hard-charging Highlands to post ...
A-K Valley roundup: Highlands boys basketball routs Hempfield for 6th straight win
By Staff Reports
The Highlands boys basketball team is hitting its stride just as the first half of section play blends into the second. The Golden Rams ran their winning streak to six with a runaway victory over Hempfield, 74-46, on Saturday at the Shootout at Seton Hill University showcase event. Jamison Nee scored a ...
Highlands defeats Burrell for 5th consecutive victory
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Playing with a smaller lineup than usual, Highlands was out of sync in a number of ways and didn’t shoot the ball well for most ...
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