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Highlands' QB battle could be ongoing one

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Monday, Aug. 24, 2009

Don't expect Highlands to have a full-time starter at quarterback any time soon.

Coach Sam Albert is auditioning four players at the position to replace standout Jeff Sinclair: seniors Mike Lenosky and Brad Kazmierczyk, junior Cody Pringle and sophomore Gage Clark.

Pringle has never played quarterback. Lenosky played sparingly last season late in games, and when Sinclair was injured.

Albert said training camp and a pair of scrimmages may not be enough time to truly identify a starter.

It could take a lot longer.

"We may not know until the (Week 4) Kiski Area game," Albert said. "I want to let them battle. We want to use the nonconference games to play a lot of kids and see what they can do. We need to get them that experience."

During the scrimmages, Albert said he wanted to give each QB 10 plays.

"I want to give all of them a chance to work their way in or out," he said.

Weight and see

Fox Chapel senior lineman and Penn State recruit Miles Dieffenbach expects his team to be better this season because it will be stronger.

Dieffenbach said the Foxes' weight-conditioning program has grown immensely.

"My eighth grade and freshman years, we were weaker and not as athletic," said Dieffenbach, 6-foot-5, 285. "Now we have a ton of strong kids. When they first got here, I think we had one kid who could bench over 225. Now, there are 20-some that can do that. We have the athletes, now we just have to put it all together."

Dieffenbach benches 315 pounds and has squatted 380 pounds four times in a row.

Miles an all-star

Dieffenbach has been selected to play in two national postseason all-star games but can only play in one because they are so close together.

He will play in the Under Armour All-Star Game on Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla.

He was also picked for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio.

"I committed like two months ago," Dieffenbach said. "Then I got invited to the other game. Coach (Bryan) Deal gets to come along, and I get to do to Disney World for six days for free."

Seniors can play in two all-star games. Look for Dieffenbach to get a call from the Big 33 Classic committee.

Springdale banged up

Springdale senior lineman Tony Hamorsky and senior tight end Tyler Huss, both starters, are sidelined with a fractured left foot.

They were both given 6-8 weeks to return. They could come back for a Week 3 showdown with North Catholic, if not earlier.

Extra points

Springdale senior lineman Dylan Dzugan (6-6, 270), who has a scholarship offer from Delaware, said Iowa State has requested his highlight tape. ... Highlands senior receiver Tyler Cole was held out of Saturday's scrimmage against Freeport with a hamstring injury. ... Fox Chapel will play Highlands in front of a Comcast television audience Sept. 4 at Golden Rams Stadium.

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