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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, …
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 A-K Valley’s football phantom has …
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 …
Jackson surpasses 3,000 career rushing yards in Highlands’ rout of Burrell
By R.A. Monti
It was a night of firsts for Highlands in its 55-7 victory over Burrell on Friday at Golden Rams Stadium. The Rams (7-0, 7-0 Allegheny …
Highlands soccer coach suspended after autistic player taped to goalpost
By Liz Hayes
The Highlands School District on Wednesday confirmed the boys varsity soccer coach is suspended and announced the team’s season is over amid an investigation into the alleged hazing of an autistic teammate. District spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski said coach Jim Turner is suspended, though not because he is suspected of participating …
Guido: Highlands chasing A-K Valley history
By George Guido
The Highlands Golden Rams are on the brink of making football history this week. If Highlands defeats Burrell or if Valley loses to Kittanning, Highlands …
Highlands boys soccer players accused of duct-taping autistic teammate to goalpost
By Liz Hayes
Highlands School District and the Harrison Police Department are investigating a reported hazing incident of an autistic Highlands boys soccer player by two of his teammates. Harrison police Patrolman Chris Cottone said two 17-year-olds are accused of duct-taping 16-year-old sophomore Austin Babinsack to a soccer goalpost at the high school …
Highlands swats down Freeport aerial attack
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Elijah Jackson wasn’t expecting to receive a deep kickoff late in the first half because Freeport had attempted a pair of onside-kicks earlier — a …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Thimons cousins set to face one another
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands sophomore quarterback Brayden Thimons remembers when he and his cousin, Logan Thimons, would wrestle at family get-togethers. No broken lamps or vases, just light horseplay. On Friday night, the pair will get reacquainted on in a much more serious setting, although expect plenty of family members to be there. …
Birdie called ‘genius’ after perfect pick
By The Birdie
The Birdie was showered with praise and Derek Jeter-like respect last week after he picked the exact score of the Apollo-Ridge/Highlands game. It was vintage Bird: Highlands, 28-27. On Twitter, he was called “a genius,” and was congratulated several times. The positivity gave him a big head. And that came …
‘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 …

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