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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
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 …
Alle-Kiski Valley spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Kaison Branch, Kittanning’s Emily Knepshield
By D.j. Vasil
Kaison Branch Class: Junior School: Highlands Sport: Basketball Report card: The junior guard averaged 13.4 points per game this season to lead the Golden Rams …
Highlands’ Cratsenberg chooses VMI
By Bill West
Around the time he turned 6 years old, Allan Cratsenberg, at the encouragement of his mother, started to address his elders as either “sir” or …
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Letter of intent day looms for large crop
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A hefty crop of Division I football talent will make their college decisions official when the initial signing period begins Wednesday. Letter of intent day will usher in the next-level careers of up to 10 players from the Alle-Kiski Valley. The unique group was recruited for a wide range of …
Highlands spirit team prepares for state meet
By D.j. Vasil
Cheerleading often is limited to girls yelling and tossing one another into the air along the sidelines. At least that’s what most people think. But look a little closer, and it’s clear there is much more, which is why it became a WPIAL sport under the tag of competitive spirit. …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: St. Joseph’s Dan Sullivan, Highlands’ Bailey Clark
By D.j. Vasil
Dan Sullivan Class: Junior School: St. Joseph Sport: Basketball Report card: Known for his clutch shooting ability. Sullivan made a 3-pointer as time expired to …
Plum takes 4th place in Allegheny County meet
By Bill West
After he stepped off the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship’s medal stand at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Plum senior heavyweight Steve Turchick wandered through …
Highlands’ Kendric Moore battles asthma trouble during 2-1 day at Allegheny Tournament
By Bill West
The scene and sensation at the end of Kendric Moore’s final match Friday at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships struck the Highlands senior 120-pounder as …
Unlikely hero lifts Kittanning to OT win
By Matt Grubba 1:37 a.m.
James Webb’s name wasn’t even on the scoresheet for most of four quarters. By the end of overtime, it was being chanted by the Kittanning student section. Webb hit a game-tying 3-pointer — his first points of the game — as the horn sounded to end regulation, and the Kittanning …
Balanced Kittanning girls take down Highlands
By Matt Grubba
The second half of the section schedule started with the Kittanning girls basketball team putting on a balanced offensive display. Emily Knepshield had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, and three other Wildcats scored in double figures Thursday to give Kittanning a 66-42 win over Highlands in a …
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notes: Highlands’ Wise hopes for title at county tournament
By Bill West
While most of his opponents had competed in more than a dozen matches by the time the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships arrived last January, Highlands’ Nolan Wise entered the tournament as a junior with just five bouts under his belt for the season. With a hearty schedule of dual meets …

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