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Highlands defense dominates West Shamokin

By Matt Grubba
Highlands’ first-team defense turned in another first-rate  performance. The Class AA No. 6 Golden Rams scored a defensive touchdown, and their starters didn’t allow an …
Big plays propel No. 6 Highlands past Deer Lakes
By Doug Gulasy
Highlands’ defense and special teams are doing their best to keep up with the offense’s scoring pace. Both units scored touchdowns for the second straight …
Highlands Gridiron Club lets supporters know: ‘You’ve been Rammed’
By Tom Yerace
Football season is under way, and the Highlands Gridiron Club is getting up to ramming speed. Harrison resident Bill Heasley, a volunteer assistant coach for the Highlands High School Golden Rams football team, can attest to that. When Heasley escorted guests from a cookout at his house to their cars …
Guido: New kickoff time leaves fans squinting
By George Guido
Friday night lights turned into Friday night glare for Highlands fans attending the team’s Class AA debut at Ford City. One unintended consequence of moving …
Kittanning boys soccer team pleases new coach in season-opening loss
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning first-year boys soccer coach Kirk Weber saw plenty of things he liked in his first game in charge. He just wished he saw more …
Alle-Kiski soccer notebook: Area teams begin section play this week
By Doug Gulasy
After the opening weekend of the 2014 WPIAL soccer season, Alle-Kiski Valley teams will begin section play this week. The majority of boys teams will play their section openers Tuesday, and most girls teams will play Wednesday. The Highlands girls will play their section opener Tuesday against Mars. “There’s a …
Jackson brothers lead way as Highlands rolls in Class AA debut over Ford City
By George Guido
Highlands used splash plays to make a big splash in its WPIAL Class AA debut Friday night at Ford City. Five touchdowns on plays of …
Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The stars have aligned. Or realigned, to be more exact. With the WPIAL fine-tuning its conferences and moving teams around like old furniture in a …
Highlands putting it on the line in Allegheny Conference
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Summer seven-on-seven workouts are for the skill players — quarterbacks, running backs and receivers — which seems to indicate the linemen aren’t skilled enough to …
Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes
By Bill West
Highlands coach Sam Albert wants his players to fixate on X’s and O’s, not A’s — as in Class AA instead of AAA. Realignment led …
Highlands WR serves as speedy complement to his RB brother
By Bill Beckner Jr.
From Pee Wees to Wasps, Jeremy Jackson made his mark in Highland Hornets youth football as a running back, routinely returning to the hive with …
High school notebook: Highlands’ Martin harbors unique pet
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While his teammates have traditional pets such as dogs, cats or fish, Highlands junior football player Levontae Martin has a more exotic choice of companion. …
Alle-Kiski Valley HS notebook: Highlands sophomore guard comes home
By Bill Beckner Jr.
If Mitch Dezort is going to become the next Micah Mason like he hopes, it would seem much more appropriate that he does so in …
High school football coaches put premium on safety of their players
By Matt Grubba
While one local team deals with tragedy, the PIAA and area football coaches are still hard at work with player safety as the top priority. …
Highlands swimmer thrives on national stage
By Bill West
All the pomp that came with the finals of the YMCA Swimming National Long Course Championships last week in Indianapolis added to Bailey Bonnett’s usual …
High school notebook: Former Valley coach bridges rivalry
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Chad Walsh will get to experience life on both sides of the bridge. Valley’s football coach for the past two seasons, Walsh is now serving as an assistant at Highlands. Although they haven’t met since 2011, Valley and Highlands play the “Battle for the Bridge” game — the winner gaining …
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 …

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