Highlands 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Highlands is fresh off an Allegheny Conference title and its second consecutive WPIAL quarterfinal appearance, but coach Sam Albert said he hopes that success isn't on the minds of any of his players.

"First off, we need to forget about last season," said Albert, whose team went 10-1. "It all starts over again. The kids will respond. They realize it's a new season."

The Golden Rams will need to replace star running back Elijah Jackson, the second-leading rusher in Class AA last season with 1,634 yards and 22 touchdowns. Dom Martinka (5-10, 167, Jr., RB) was supposed to step into Jackson's feature role, but broke his leg in March and isn't expected back until late September. Jordan Lineburg (6-3, 205, Sr., WR) and Jermaine Jett (6-0, 175, So., RB) will get the bulk of the carries early on.

Brayden Thimons (6-4, 225, Jr., QB) passed for 663 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Thimons also rushed for 491 yards and 10 touchdowns while earning all-conference honors at linebacker. "By the end of the day, he's going to be exhausted," Albert said of Thimons.


Alumni Update - Reilly Shane (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Four Tomcats were recently named to the Preseason D-III All-East Honorable Mention Team by the Eastern Football Network, including: Ron Howard (Sharon, Pa./Sharon), Ryan Radke (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central), Chris Jones (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) and Reily Shane(Tarentum, Pa./Highlands).

A two-time All-PAC Honorable Mention selection, Shane, a Highlands graduate, made 44 tackles in 2014, the fifth most on the team.

His 16 tackles for loss and six sacks last season ranked him fifth and tied for sixth in the conference, respectively.



Track: North Feature Athlete - Highlands' Sam Elliott

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Name: Sam Elliott
School: Highlands
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field

Background: The track and field captain doubles as the kicker for the Highlands football team. He finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, long and triple jump against Kittanning on April 9. Highlands defeated Kittanning, 76-70.


Alumni Update - Micah Mason (Duquesne)

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PITTSBURGH - Tyler Kalinoski scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half as first-year Atlantic 10 member Davidson clinched the regular-season conference title with a 107-78 win over Duquesne at Palumbo Center.

Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, hit five 3-pointers in leading Duquesne with 17.



Swimming: Highlands sophomore earns second and third seeds at states

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

After winning two WPIAL titles, Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett heads to the PIAA Class AA championships at Bucknell University with a shot at more hardware. Bonnett will be in the running for state gold in the 500-yard freestyle where she is seeded second overall in the state with her WPIAL time of 4:56.73, behind only District 3 Twin Valley sophomore Hannah Schlegel. Bonnett is one of only three swimmers in Class AA to record a sub-five minute 500 freestyle with the other being District Octorara senior Madison Oster (4:59.81). Bonnett's closest competitor at WPIALs, Freeport senior Bria Otwell, is seeded sixth in the event with a time of 5:07.31. Bonnett will also be in the running in the 200 individual medley where she is seeded third with her WPIAL time of 2:03.36 behind District 10 Wilmington Area senior Lauren Barber (1:59.81) and District 1 Gwynedd Mercy junior Allie Szekely (2:01.63). The next closest seed time after Bonnett is over six seconds behind her seed time.