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Valley New Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Ashlyn Jonczak, Cheswick Christian Academy’s Ben Pollock

By William Whalen
Ashlyn Jonczak School: Highlands Class: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Report card: The 5-foot-9 guard-forward has been an integral part of a young Highlands team. Coach Ron Lang said Jonczak ...
Knoch keeps poise after slow start
By George Guido
After losing seven seniors from last season’s section champion team, Knoch coach Ron McNabb hoped his younger players matured quickly. That maturation rate was on display ...
Freeport repels late Highlands rally
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nobody ever has confused Highlands and Freeport for a pair of close friends who exchange Christmas cards. The schools have enjoyed their share of physical ...
Former Highlands star Sinclair signs with Explosion
By Bill Beckner Jr.
His playing career wasn’t exactly circling the drain, but Jeff Sinclair had his doubts about returning to the football field. The former Highlands and Robert Morris ...
Highlands boys put defense first
By George Guido
For many years, the route to WPIAL playoff berths from Section 1-AAA frequently passed through Highlands. The Golden Rams made the playoffs seven straight seasons and ...
Highlands girls looking for improvement after 3-16 campaign
By George Guido
While still young in a chronological sense, the Highlands girls basketball team feels it has enough experience to enter playoff contention this season from Section ...
Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley
By George Guido
The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge ...
Highlands wrestling appears healthy after board vote; will compete as independent
By Doug Gulasy
Highlands wrestling coach Grant Walters admits it’s almost surreal to see where the team was when preseason conditioning began two weeks ago. The Golden Rams, whose program came within a school board vote of being eliminated last month, had 41 wrestlers — the most in school history — when conditioning began. ...
Defense lifts Seton-La Salle over Highlands in Class AA quarterfinals
By Doug Gulasy
Seton-La Salle pulled out all the stops on offense, but the Rebels’ biggest stop came on defense. No. 5 Seton-La Salle forced a key three-and-out with ...
Despite injuries, no quit in Highlands football team
By Doug Gulasy
The going is getting tougher for Highlands as the playoffs continue, and so are the Rams’ opponents. But the Rams are showing tenacity. As No. 4 ...
Gorman: Jacksons hope to lead Highlands to Heinz
By Kevin Gorman
Highlands seniors Elijah and Jeremy Jackson are as opposite as brothers can be. Elijah, known by his nickname “Reggie,” is a soft-spoken 5-foot-9, 175-pound, big-play tailback. Jeremy, a 5-11, 180-pounder who plays wide receiver, safety and returns kicks and punts, is a nonstop talker who goes by the moniker “JayJack.” “Everyone ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
2 former A-K Valley football standouts line up as extras in film starring Will Smith
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Matt Ostrowski doesn’t play football anymore, but the former Highlands lineman sure acts like he does. Same goes for former Valley defensive back A.J. Saunders. Ostrowski, now an assistant coach at Highlands, and Saunders, will be paid extras in the Pittsburgh-filmed Sony Pictures movie about the NFL’s longtime battle with concussions and ...
Highlands quarterback Thimons ‘wills’ his team to victory over New Brighton
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Quarterback Brayden Thimons told a lie, but the truth of the matter is this: Highlands is headed to the second round. The Highlands sophomore injured his ...
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 Valley ...
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 games ...
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 ...

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