Alumni Update - Micah Mason (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH - Jack Gibbs scored 25 points and Brian Sullivan added 22 to lead Davidson to a 93-82 win overMason Duq Duquesne at Palumbo Center.

Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, had 21 points for Duquesne, which saw its win streak snapped at three.

The Wildcats (13-8, 5-5) outscored Duquesne 21-10 off turnovers and 21-11 in second chance points in handing the Dukes (15-8, 5-5) just their second home loss this season.


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)


Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Highlands' Bailey Bonnett

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Bailey Bonnett
High School: Highlands
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background: There are not many things that can elude Bailey Bonnett in the pool. The Highlands junior is one of the best distance freestylers in the state. She is the defending PIAA champion in the 500 freestyle and she has won back-to-back WPIAL titles in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. Yet there are two times Bonnett is still targeting, the school record in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Those are the only two school records Bonnett does not own. They are owned by her former coach Beth Karaica. Her current coach is her aunt, Becca Arabia.


Swimming: Highlands boys have WPIAL potential, too

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A state champion swimmer on the girls team gets plenty of attention at Highlands, but Bailey Bonnett is far from the only Golden Ram who will be headed to WPIALs this year. Along with some of her female teammates, Bonnett will be joined at Pitt next month by some of the male swimmers from her high school. Junior Ben Blackburn and senior Nathan Masarik reached WPIALs last year and are on their way again this year. Blackburn and Masarik are swimming under new coach Becca Arabia. She is a 25-year coaching veteran having coached at various club teams in the region and this is her first year at the helm of the Highlands boys team.

Overall numbers on the team are up significantly, from eight total swimmers last year to 24 boys and girls this year. Blackburn and Masarik are leading the way on the boys side. Blackburn has qualified for WPIALs in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Masarik has qualified in every event he has swam, the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly.

Blackburn and Masarik will be swimming a pair of relays at WPIALs too. They have qualified on the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays with Derek Christopher and Nathan's younger brother, Cole Masarik.

Last year the Masarik brothers along with Blackburn and Jacob Watts competed at WPIALs in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay. Both relays finished 13th.


Swimming: Highlands swimmer going the distance

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Highlands swimmer Bailey Bonnett.

"Just about every coach associated with high school swimming in Western Pennsylvania is aware of Bailey Bonnett, the state champion long distance freestyler from Highlands.

Her new coach this season has known about Bonnett since the day she was born.

Highlands first-year coach Becca Arabia is Bailey Bonnett's aunt.

"I was the first one to have the pleasure of coaching her," Arabia said. "Swimming just runs in the family, both of my brothers swam.""


Boys Basketball: Highlands star is tough to stop

Written by Ed Phillipps on .

Ed Phillipps profiles Highlands basketball player Mitch Dezort.

"Knocking down a big shot in a basketball game feels pretty good. But for Highlands' Mitch DeZort, knocking down a quarterback is where it's at.

After a season's hiatus from football, DeZort returned with a vengeance this fall, setting a Highlands school record of 15 sacks to go with more than 100 tackles. That put him on the radars of colleges as close as Pitt and as far away as Stanford.

The funny thing is DeZort, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior, thought basketball was going to be his ticket to college. He decided to forgo football in 2014 and focus on hoops.

He spent that offseason working with his father, who does strength training on the side, and Micah Mason, a former Highlands and current Duquesne sharpshooter. As a sophomore, DeZort, who plays guard, led the Rams by scoring nearly 15 points per game. Highlands advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals and a PIAA play-in game."