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Late run seals WPIAL playoff berth for Highlands

By George Guido
With the 1995 WPIAL championship team watching from the stands, the Highlands boys basketball team did something that seemed unlikely a month ago. Highlands clinched a ...
Area basketball teams embrace opportunities to play for championships
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Damian Davies is reminded of it every day, from the banner in the gymnasium, to the autographed picture in his office, to his championship ring. “But ...
Guido: Highlands set for reunion of ’95 WPIAL champion
By George Guido
Twenty years ago, the Highlands Golden Rams sat atop the WPIAL Class AAA ranks. Highlands upset Blackhawk, 58-56, in the title game at A.J. Palumbo ...
Versatile sophomore Jonczak has Highlands in playoff hunt after 3-16 season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ashlyn Jonczak grew up a cheerleader, a smiling girl who waved pom-poms and rooted Blessed Sacrament youth basketball teams on to victory. While she enjoyed her ...
Hard work pays off for Highlands spirit squad
By Jerin Steele
Competitive cheerleading has been a staple at Highlands for at least two decades, so when the PIAA announced in 2012 that it was sponsoring competitive ...
Highlands uses defense to key victory over Knoch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands junior forward Lavontae Martin has two pet mini alligators that live in his house. “The one I just got tried to bite me the other ...
Highlands boys basketball stays hot, beats Freeport
By George Guido
Less than three weeks ago, Highlands was winless. But the Golden Rams continued their hot streak Friday night with a big fourth-quarter surge to overcome ...
WPIAL spirit champions crowned
By Story By Bill Hartlep · Photos By Steph Chambers
School spirit was on full display Saturday at Hempfield High School, as squads from all over Western Pennsylvania competed in the WPIAL competitive spirit championships. ...

Ford City’s defense clamps down in 42-31 victory over Highlands


By Matt Grubba
With not much going for either team’s offense, Ford City let its defense carry it to another win. The Sabers held Highlands to two first-half field ...
Highlands’ hustle, led by Dezort, enough to beat Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Mitch Dezort made the first free-throw and missed the second. There was nothing free about his ensuing rebound. The Highlands sophomore guard, who spent much of ...
Valley News Dispatch high school notebook: Highlands ’95 title team reunites, recalls memories
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands is getting the band back together. And this one rocked. The school is welcoming its 1995 WPIAL Class AAA championship-winning boys basketball team back for ...
Highlands boys basketball team routs St. Joseph
By George Guido
It took 46 years for Highlands and St. Joseph to hook up for a boys basketball game. But Highlands accumulated a double-digit lead in about the ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands, St. Joseph boys basketball teams set up showdown
By Staff Reports
The Highlands and St. Joseph boys basketball teams will meet Tuesday for the first time in their history — in the St. Joseph Tournament championship. Sam Beaver scored a game-high 17 points to lead St. Joseph past Cheswick Christian Academy, 72-45, on Monday. John Ferguson added 13 points for St. Joseph ...
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. ...

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