Alumni Update - Micah Mason (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH - Micah Mason, who finished his Duquesne career as the sixth-most accurate 3-point shooter inMason Duq NCAA history, has signed a contract to play professionally for The Port of Antwerp Giants of the Belgian League.

The 2016 third team Atlantic 10 pick is the second Duke coached by Jim Ferry to sign an overseas contract - joining Ovie Soko (2014) who is under contract to Enel Brindisi in Italy.

The Giants won the Belgian Cup - the top tier national basketball cup competition in Belgium - in both 2000 and 2007.

Mason completed his career with a .463 (311-671) success rate from the 3-point arc. His .458 (271-592) 3-point percentage at Duquesne was the best in Atlantic 10 history. This past season, Mason hit a school record 118 3-pointers, which tied the fifth-highest total in A-10 history, on his way to averaging a team-high 18.4 points per game.

The Highlands graduate, who transferred to DU after one season at Drake, scored in double digits 67 times, including 62 times at Duquesne. He reached the 20-point mark 21 times, including a team-high 15 as a senior.

Mason ended up ranked first in school history in 3-point percentage (.458), second in free throw percentage (.854), third in 3-pointers made (271) and 23rd in scoring (1,269). His 271 3-pointers were the highest three-year total in school history.


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)


Photo Journal: Boys Basketball PIAA QF - Highlands vs. Mars (Mar.11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Highlands and Mars meet in the PIAA Quarterfinals, Friday, March 11, 2016 at Penn Hills High School.  Mars overwhelms Highlands to win this game 77-49 and go on to the Semifinals at Altoona High School, March 15.

Here are some photos of the game.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Highlands players aren't transferring to Gateway after all

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White has the latest on the Highlands boys basketball team.

2016 0303 Highlands BBasketball(Photo: Highlands Lamar McKamey and teammate Lavontae Martin will be staying with the Rams, though coach Tyler Stoczynski was told the two would be enrolling at Gateway. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"Two players on the Highlands High School boys basketball team are not transferring to Gateway after all and will play Friday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

The mother and guardian of Lavontae Martin and Lamar McKamey said the players will stay at Highlands, and they never left the team. Melissa Dean, Martin's mother and McKamey's guardian, said she is moving from the Highlands district into the Gateway district, but Martin and McKamey will finish their senior years at Highlands.

Highlands played in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Friday, losing to Beaver Falls, 56-45, and will begin the PIAA playoffs Friday. Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski said Tuesday that Martin informed him that he and McKamey were enrolling at Gateway today.

"I don't know why my son told the coach that," Dean said. "The coach should have verified it with me.""


Photo Journal: Boys Basketball WPIAL AAA QF - Highlands vs. Hampton (Feb. 19)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .


Highlands and Hampton met in the WPIAL AAA Quarterfinals at Fox Chapel High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. The game was fast paced and very physical, with Highlands taking the lead early.  Hampton fought hard to close the gap, but Highlands maintained and won 62-50. Highlands moves on to the semifinals to play New Castle, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at North Allegheny High School.

Click here to view video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Highlands could be a sleeper in Class AAA bracket

Written by Brad Everett on .

It would come as a shock to many if either New Castle, Beaver Falls or Mars doesn't win the WPIAL Class AAA title.

But if you're looking for a team to crash the party and become a surprise champion, Highlands might be your best bet.

Highlands enters the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. The Golden Rams went 18-4 during the regular season and was the runner-up behind Mars in Section 1. Mars is the only Class AAA team to beat the Golden Rams, doing it twice. The Golden Rams began the season with losses to Class AAAA teams Penn-Trafford and Norwin. Since then, they've won 18 of 20 games.

Highlands plays a first-round game tonight against Trinity (13-8) at Fox Chapel. Trinity was a 73-66 winner against Mount Pleasant in a preliminary-round game.