"One of the beautiful things about basball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to ... reach down and prove something"
North Hills Palomino:
North Hills Palomino is offered to kids ages 17-18, and our primary goal is to offer the high school and freshmen college players an opportunity to fine tune their skills before advancing into open competition. At this level, the players are introduced to a regulation diamond with 90-foot base paths and a 60.6' pitching distance.
Designed for the aspiring amateur to hone and display their skills, Palomino enables these young adults to pit their talents for review by collegiate recruiters and professional scouts. This top-notch brand of baseball provides a fitting showcase for the talent developed within the North Hills School District.
The North Hills Palomino Baseball Club typically consists of players from the NH School Varsity Baseball Program, and participates in the Quad-County North Palomiono League. They play an approximate 42-game season schedule that includes games against other teams such as North Allegheny, Pine Richland, Shaler, Mars, Seneca Valley, Cranberry, Kiski, Butler, and teams from the Western Pennyslvania "Elite" Basball League (WPEBL). In addition, they participate in three local tournaments: the QCN Palomino "Wooden Bat Bash" Baseball Tournament, P.O.N.Y. Zone Qualifier, the Freedom Classic Showcase in Akron, Ohio, and the Atlantic Coast Baseball Elite Invitational. The team continues to play and extended season in the fall, with a mixed roster of players from the NH School Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball Programs.
Palomino Wooden Bat Bash Baseball Tournament
North Hills Palomino Memories:
- 2016 - coming soon!
- 2015 - The winning tradition continued
- 2015 P.O.N.Y. Western Region Section Champs
- 2015 Quad-County North Wooden Bat Bash Champions
- 2015 Atlantic Coast Baseball "King of the City" Finalist
- 2014 - They boys headed west again to the "Freedom Showcase", and made it all the way to the semi-final round. Other key accomplishments:
- 2014 P.O.N.Y. Palomino West Region - Section Champions
- 2014 P.O.N.Y. Palomino West Super Region - Semi-finalists
- 2013 - North Hills played hosts to the QCN "Wooden Bat Bash" for the first time. After going undefeated in their bracket, the boys brought home the Championship after a thrilling upset over #1 seed Seneca Valley at La Roche College Baseball Field. The boys also went deep in the "Freedom Classic" in Akron, OH, making it all the way to the semi-finals.
- 2012 - After over 40 seasons of playing and coaching, North Hills Palomino Manager Bob Weider has announced his retirement. Bob was the founding father of The North Hills Athletic Association and is we are proud to say that we continue to share his passion and vision for developing the boys of the North Hills into great ballplayers and gentlemen. In addition to putting The NHAA on the map, Bob was the starting shortstop for the North HIlls Indians, founded the Pittsburgh Power Fast-pitch Program, and played semi-pro baseball. In 2012, Bob was honored by the North Hills School District by electing him into their Sports Hall of Fame. Although Bob is now retired, we know he'll always somehow make himself available to "fix that swing". Thanks Bob
NHSD Hall of Famers: (L-R) Dave Collins, Marc Mitchell, Sara Zilles, Bob Weider, Kevin Donas
Taking over for Bob is his longtime Assistant Coach, Jason Bisesi. Jason comes from a family that has given a lot back to the North Hills Community. He is a Robert Morris University Graduate, played Varsity Baseball for North Hills High School, played 15 seasons for NHAA, and was both a player and assistant coach with Coach Weider. Bob was quick to bring Jason onto his staff years ago when he noticed Jason shared his same passion for playing and coaching the game of baseball. We have no doubt that Jason will pick up where Bob left off and lead the North Hills Palomino Team to even bigger things.
Some old photos of NH Palomino days gone by ...