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‘Miracle’ Highlands-Apollo Ridge game leaves lasting impression

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands television broadcaster Mike Choma emphatically called it the “Miracle at Golden Rams Stadium.” An overflow crowd of more than 5,000 buzzed afterward about it …
Highlands wins thriller over Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands’ drop from Class AAA certainly didn’t mean a fall from grace, but it also didn’t mean anything would come easily. And Apollo-Ridge’s ascent from …
Alle-Kiski Spotlight Athletes: Bobby Piskor and Taylor Gunn
By Dave Yohe and Alex Novickoff
Bobby Piskor School: St. Joseph Sport: Golf Class: Sophomore Report card: Piskor was one of five players to advance out of the Section 3-AA qualifier, …
Allegheny Conference unbeatens Apollo-Ridge, Highlands set for clash
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With hardly any letup in what’s been somewhat of a front-loaded Allegheny Conference schedule, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge will meet Friday night in a matchup that’s …
No. 5 Highlands uses turnovers to beat No. 7 Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
The Highlands defense gave up more yardage and points than it was used to, but it made big plays when it needed them. Elijah Jackson …
Kittanning’s explosive offense to face stiff challenge from stingy Highlands defenders
By Matt Grubba
The only thing Kittanning coach Frank Fabian and Highlands coach Sam Albert definitively said about their teams’ game this week is that they’re impressed by …
The Birdie needs a week off
By The Birdie
The Birdie drove to a few games last week in a Penske truck that he rented because his Chevette is in the shop. “I saw a coach from Valley driving one to a game and it gave me the idea,” Birdie said. “I like the bright yellow color and the …
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 …

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