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A-K Valley high school notebook: Highlands senior awaits eligibility ruling

By Doug Gulasy
In Highlands athletic director Chuck Debor’s words, sports “helped save” Emilio Seymour. Now the school district is hoping to help him get one more year ...
Highlands athletic director back on the job
By Emily Balser
Dozens of supporters applauded the Highlands School Board on Monday night for bringing Chuck Debor back as athletic director. Debor resigned last month citing a difference in opinion over the direction and vision for the district with some school board members. He changed his mind after receiving an outpouring of ...
High school notebook: Highlands’ Lineburg’s collegiate stock rising
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands will have a number of key players returning from last year’s 10-1 football team that reached the WPIAL quarterfinals and won the Allegheny Conference ...
VND high school notebook: Highlands AD Debor resigns
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands soon will be looking for a new athletic director after the resignation of Chuck Debor. Debor said a conflict with the school board is ...
Vincentian’s Nee transferring to Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jamison Nee is coming home. The standout basketball player from Harrison Township is transferring from Vincentian Academy to Highlands. Highlands athletic director Chuck Debor said ...
Mt. Pleasant softball storms past Highlands in WPIAL playoff game
By Jason Black
Falling behind by three runs in the first inning was not how the Mt. Pleasant softball team planned to start the playoffs. However, after a ...
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff softball capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Class AAAA First round No. 8 Fox Chapel (11-5) vs. No. 9 Seneca Valley (14-3) 5 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Winner plays: No. ...
Guido: WPIAL enrollment declines seen on draft day
By George Guido
Let’s meet the one and only — Jesse James. No, not the Confederate soldier-turned outlaw in the old Wild West. The modern-day Jesse James, a South Allegheny graduate, was the only player from a WPIAL school selected in last week’s NFL Draft. James, who left Penn State a year early, was picked ...
VND high school roundup: Highlands softball team makes playoffs
By Staff Reports
Highlands played its part in what turned out to be a crazy Monday in Section 5-AAA softball. The host Golden Rams knocked off first-place Hampton, 7-1, to clinch a playoff spot on the final day of section play. Timely hitting and defense keyed the win for Highlands (5-5, 5-5), which won three ...
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.
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 ...

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