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

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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.


Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Highlands' Mitch Dezort

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Name: Mitch Dezort
School: Highlands
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Dezort scored a game-high 21 points to help Highlands roll to an 89-55 win against West Shamokin in a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round game last Friday. Dezort, a 6-foot senior guard, leads Highlands in scoring with 14 points per game. The Golden Rams (12-11) have won nine of their past 12 games and play No. 4 West Mifflin (19-2) in a first-round game tonight at Baldwin.


Boys Basketball: Highlands a sleeper in Class AAA

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Highlands enters the WPIAL playoffs with an 11-10 record and little fanfare, but if you're looking for a sleeper team to make a deep run in Class AAA, the Golden Rams are a good pick.

The Golden Rams had little success after Micah Mason, a two-time WPIAL scoring champion, graduated in 2012. They went 1-21 a season later and 9-13 last season. But this season's team is playing at a much higher level. Coach Tyler Stoczynski's team finished fourth in a strong section (Section 1) and have won eight of their past 10 games. The Golden Rams finished 8-6 in the section after losing their first four section games and first six games overall.

"They have a ton of momentum going into the playoffs," Mars coach Rob Carmody said. "They've kind of hit their stride. They've got two very physical kids inside. The guards are able to get their own shot. They're all physical. Very well coached. And as always, the kids from Highlands, they have an edge to them."

Carmody knows exactly how good Highlands is. The Golden Rams have come closer to beating Mars than any other WPIAL team. The Planets needed a free throw with one second left to edge the Golden Rams, 61-60, Jan. 27.