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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 ...
High school wrestling notebook: Trio seek to defend section titles
By Doug Gulasy
With the team wrestling season over, focus will shift to the individual portion of the campaign. WPIAL individual season will get underway this weekend with Class AA sectionals. The Section 3-AA tournament, featuring Burrell, Highlands, Kittanning, Riverview and Valley, will begin 11 a.m. Saturday at Avonworth. The top five wrestlers in each ...
VND WPIAL BASKETBALL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Friday’s games Girls Class AAAA First round e_SBlt No. 14 seed Plum (12-10)  vs. No. 3 Norwin (17-4) 6:30 ...
Gorman: Idiots could learn a lesson from kids
By Kevin Gorman
One of my favorite lines about life lessons came from a colorful character in the sports world named Rudolf Walter Wanderone Jr. You might know ...
Deer Lakes qualifies for playoffs after beating Highlands, 60-39
By Doug Gulasy
Deer Lakes could have clinched a WPIAL playoff berth by winning one of its final two section games. The Lancers took care of business at ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands needs 2 OTs for victory
By Staff Reports
The race for the final playoff spot in girls Section 1-AAA is coming down to the season’s final days. A 7-0 run at the beginning of ...
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 ...

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