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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. ...
Defense lifts Seton-La Salle over Highlands in Class AA quarterfinals
By Doug Gulasy
Seton-La Salle pulled out all the stops on offense, but the Rebels’ biggest stop came on defense. No. 5 Seton-La Salle forced a key three-and-out with ...
Despite injuries, no quit in Highlands football team
By Doug Gulasy
The going is getting tougher for Highlands as the playoffs continue, and so are the Rams’ opponents. But the Rams are showing tenacity. As No. 4 ...
Gorman: Jacksons hope to lead Highlands to Heinz
By Kevin Gorman
Highlands seniors Elijah and Jeremy Jackson are as opposite as brothers can be. Elijah, known by his nickname “Reggie,” is a soft-spoken 5-foot-9, 175-pound, big-play tailback. Jeremy, a 5-11, 180-pounder who plays wide receiver, safety and returns kicks and punts, is a nonstop talker who goes by the moniker “JayJack.” “Everyone ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
2 former A-K Valley football standouts line up as extras in film starring Will Smith
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Matt Ostrowski doesn’t play football anymore, but the former Highlands lineman sure acts like he does. Same goes for former Valley defensive back A.J. Saunders. Ostrowski, now an assistant coach at Highlands, and Saunders, will be paid extras in the Pittsburgh-filmed Sony Pictures movie about the NFL’s longtime battle with concussions and ...
Highlands quarterback Thimons ‘wills’ his team to victory over New Brighton
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Quarterback Brayden Thimons told a lie, but the truth of the matter is this: Highlands is headed to the second round. The Highlands sophomore injured his ...
Through the years: Highlands routed Franklin Regional to clinch conference title
By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands’ Nathan McKinney
By Doug Gulasy
Nathan McKinney began lifting weights when he was in the seventh grade, but he didn’t participate in his first competition until last year. The years ...
Birdie explains why he was wrong
By The Birdie
While the decision to go trick-or-treating or fly over some A-K Valley playoff games was an easy one for the Birdie because some area districts altered their goodie-grabbing schedules, he had a tougher time deciding whether to point out his off-kilter predictions for some teams and risk embarrassment. In the Valley ...
WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South
By Chris Harlan
There’s one sure way to fix the reputation of the Tri-County South, said coaches from the Class A conference. “You’ve got to win some ball games ...
Guido: WPIAL playoff storylines abound
By George Guido
Football playoff time is upon us. Seven area teams will enter postseason play Friday with the goal of a berth in the finals at Heinz ...
Allegheny Conference teams get clean slate in WPIAL football playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Past struggles had no effect on the Allegheny Conference playoff draw after all. In fact, the WPIAL didn’t consider that the conference hasn’t won a playoff ...
Allegheny Conference football teams look to rebuild reputation in WPIAL playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Don’t blame Highlands or Apollo-Ridge for the Class AA Allegheny Conference’s ineffectiveness in the WPIAL football playoffs. Neither was around to contribute to the conference’s ...
No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With speed-bursting, tackle-busting running backs on both teams, Highlands was concerned its regular-season finale against Shady Side Academy might look more like a track meet ...
Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference
By George Guido
After all of the offseason hype, old rivalries renewed, new rivalries started, all of the scintillating games during the first half of the season — ...
Highlands continues Allegheny domination in win over Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands continued to strengthen the bridge it has built over the Allegheny. And while a few bolts might need some tightening with the playoffs looming, the ...
Birdie ponders pretenders, contenders
By The Birdie
The Birdie Last week: 9-1 (.900) ·Season: 59-19 (.756) Twitter: TheBirdie_VND The Birdie sat on the ledge of his bedroom window beneath a Blood Moon and pondered the storylines — the highs and lows and everything in between — of this football season. While the ...
Highlands-Valley Bridge Bowl has different meaning to coaches
By Bill Beckner Jr.
To Sam Albert, this season has been like thumbing through a yearbook. The memories have come rushing back for the Highlands coach. Albert coached against ...

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