Highlands Sports

A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Highlands' Dom Martika, Leechburg's Kristen Knapp

Dom Martinka School: Highlands Class: Junior Sport: Track and field Report card: Because of a broken leg and dislocated ankle he suffered during football conditioning ...

A-K Valley roundup: Highlands baseball snaps 7-game skid

Highlands baseball closed the season on a powerful note. Nick Cichello singled four times and drove in four runs as Highlands beat next-door neighbor St. Joseph, ...

Highlands softball team's playoff hopes squashed after loss to Mars

Highlands will fall short in its quest to return to the WPIAL softball playoffs. The Golden Rams dropped a 4-2 decision to Mars on Tuesday afternoon ...

Guido: Former Highlands coach Rinaldi dies at age 90

Apollo native and former Highlands football coach Al Rinaldi died last week in Richmond, Va., at age 90. He compiled an overall coaching record of ...

Highlands hoops eyes Disney World

Highlands made the WPIAL basketball finals this past season and even though the Golden Rams didn't win a championship, they still might be going to ...

Knoch softball completes sweep of Highlands

Knoch's Jessi Reed picked a good time to hit her first home run of the season. Reed's two-run drive over the left-field fence in the ...

High school notebook: Bats booming for Highlands softball team

Highlands' strong point this season was supposed to be its pitching, and while that area has been strong with sophomore Emily Cochran and junior Maddie ...

Highlands coach Stoczynski enjoys leading Class AAA team at Roundball Classic

After coaching against Mars standouts John Castello and Christian Schmitt 10 times over the past four seasons, Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski finally got a chance ...

A-K Valley high school notebook: Roundball Classic rolls around

Basketball season finally will conclude for several local players this weekend at the Roundball Classic all-star games at Geneva. Highlands had the most A-K Valley representatives ...

Spotlight athletes: Highlands' Eric Huet, St. Joseph's Anna Swierczewski

Eric Huet School: Highlands Class: Senior Sport: Tennis Report card: A three-year starter for the Golden Rams, Huet advanced to the WPIAL Class AA ...

Spotlight athletes: Kiski Area's Nick Sofaly, Highlands' Emily Cochran

Nick Sofaly School: Kiski Area Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Described by Kiski Area coach Joe Culler as the "consummate teammate and team leader," ...

A-K Valley roundup: Kuniak sparks Highlands to victory

After a two-game slide, the Highlands softball team needed a victory to avoid a downward cycle. Katelyn Kuniak almost hit for the cycle as the Golden ...

Former Highlands basketball star Mason has options post-Duquesne

Micah Mason is ready to take the next step in his basketball life. He just isn't sure what that step will be. The NBA? Could happen ...

Highlands' Nee, Burrell's Myers named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year

Valley News Dispatch Boys Player of the Year JAMISON NEE Highlands 6-0, Sr., G When he discovered Highlands had made the WPIAL ...

A-K Valley high school notebook: Roundball Classic rosters out

Highlands senior basketball standout Jamison Nee will get to play with his coach and a former teammate one more time. Nee was selected to play in ...

Mars pair combines to take over Cager Classic

Mars' duo of Christian Schmitt and John Castello made their presence known from the West's first basket until the final buzzer Saturday night at the ...

A-K Valley notebook: Cager Classic skills contests set for Friday

The Cager Classic gets its unofficial start 7 p.m. Friday night with the annual skills competition at Highlands. As usual, there will be three events in ...

Defense to carry Highlands baseball team

Two decades ago, Highlands baseball had a reputation for winning section titles and making deep postseason runs. But things have changed through the years. Waves of ...

Highlands softball seeking breakout season

There is an air of quiet confidence blowing through the Highlands softball program as a new season approaches. Coming off a season where injuries ...

Burrell soccer star Ignozzi commits to Wagner

Doctors once said Anika Ignozzi might never play sports. To that, her parents had a wistful reaction, but they didn't give up hope as their ...

Guido: From Mighty Elephants to memorable comebacks, basketball season had it all

It's time to wave goodbye to the local high school basketball season. At the start, it was speculated the Highlands boys and Burrell girls had ...

Memorable run for Highlands boys, Burrell girls

The Highlands boys and the Burrell girls have more in common than reaching the PIAA basketball quarterfinals. While both finished two wins shy of the state ...


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