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High school baseball teams relish opportunity to play at PNC Park

By John Harris
In the midst of playing a baseball game at PNC Park, Hempfield catcher Eric Loucks permitted his mind to drift. Accustomed to less glamorous surroundings at ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Michaela Geracia, Burrell’s Jiunan Chen
By William Whalen
Michaela Geracia School: Highlands Class: Junior Sport: Softball Report card: In her first season as a full-time starter, Geracia hit her first career grand slam ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands baseball team wins at PNC Park
By Staff Reports
Highlands baseball team didn’t get to play a full game at PNC Park on Sunday, but the Golden Rams were glad to return home with a win. Highlands (2-10) got offensive contributions from several players in an 11-1, five-inning win over Ford City (2-5) in a nonsection game. Highlands scored seven runs ...
Valley News Dispatch high school notebook: Coach, players set for Roundball Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski didn’t hesitate when a Roundball Classic official called to ask him for a favor. Although, Stoczynski didn’t see it ...
VND high school notebook: Highlands’ Jackson siblings headed to prep school
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When the Division I route didn’t pan out as they hoped, Elijah and Jeremy Jackson went to Plan B. And if all goes well, Plan A ...
High school notebook: Abbott takes over Highlands track and field programs
By Bill Beckner Jr. 3:44 p.m.
Tom Abbott is one of only 24 to have run every Great Race. From now on, the new Highlands track and field coach wants every race ...
Cager Classic notebook: Highlands, Mars players bury hatchet for the weekend
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands and Mars played three times this season in boys basketball. Mars won all three pressure-packed games, by a combined 10 points. The Planets posted 60-55 ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Plum’s Sarah Kirkpatrick, Highlands’ Ben Blackburn
By William Whalen
Sarah Kirkpatrick School: Plum Class: Sophomore Sport: Bowling Report card: Kirkpatrick placed fifth in the PIBL Western Regional individual tournament last week at North ...
Guido: Wrapping up a successful season
By George Guido
It’s time to put another local basketball season on the shelf. And this season had its share of uplifting moments and sad moments. High moments ...
Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett wanted to set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships Thursday. She did more than that. Bonnett, a Highlands sophomore, won her first career state gold medal, swimming a career-best 4 minutes, 52.89 seconds to claim the 500 free title on the second ...
St. Joseph’s Bowman takes sliver in 100 fly for 2nd straight season
By Doug Gulasy
Sabrina Bowman finished in the same spot she did last season, but she still moved up. Bowman placed second in 56.71 seconds in the girls 100-yard butterfly on the first day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Wednesday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Villa Joseph Marie’s Alexa Fabbri ...
VND high school notebook: Cager Classic basketball rosters revealed
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Teams and coaches have been selected for the 19th annual Cager Classic all-star basketball games March 28 at Highlands. The coaches from Ford City, Al Davis ...
Highlands can’t recover from turnovers in playoff loss to South Fayette
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With five playoff games, Highlands got a strong taste of the WPIAL’s new play-in format to determine state playoff spots. All told, though, the Golden Rams ...
Highlands falls to Mars for 3rd time
By George Guido
Highlands keeps coming close, but the Golden Rams can’t quite overtake Mars. For the third time this season, the Planets held off Highlands on Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AAA play-in game at Moon. Mars built a 15-point lead in the third period, only to see the lead sliced to one ...
Play-in games provide second chance for WPIAL quarterfinal losers
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The waiting game is over for state playoff-bound basketball teams. And spots in the PIAA postseason no longer are in the hands of other teams. Unlike past ...
Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden again
By Doug Gulasy
Even after defending a title for the second straight day at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett is looking for ways ...
Highlands, St. Joseph swimmers defend WPIAL titles
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Class AA swimming championships turned into a repeat performance for several Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers Friday. Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett and St. Joseph junior Sabrina ...
Indiana brushes past Highlands into semifinals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel’s big-screen electronic scoreboard flashes a bright-red ad for McDonald’s during games. Highlands was seeing red all night in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals ...
Highlands boys basketball team has fresh take on playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands’ up-and-coming basketball trio — sophomores Mitch Dezort and Brayden Thimons and junior Levontae Martin — have played in high-level tournament games at the AAU ...
A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Friday’s games Boys Class AAA Quarterfinals • No. 13 Highlands (13-11)  vs. No. 5 Indiana (21-2) 8 p.m. at ...
Chaotic victory for Highlands over No. 4 West Mifflin
By Doug Gulasy
West Mifflin’s warmup suits said “Chaos,” but Highlands is creating it in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. In a game befitting West Mifflin’s motto, No. 13 ...
Tuesday’s WPIAL basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Girls Class AA First round • No. 2 seed Burrell (19-3) vs. Freedom (11-12) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Hills Winner plays: No. ...
Highlands runs its way to victory over West Shamokin, 89-55
By Matt Grubba
This time, the hare beat the tortoise. Highlands dictated tempo from the opening tip with a 28-point first quarter, and the Golden Rams ran to a ...

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