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Mason cleared to return


Highlands senior Micah Mason, the reining WPIAL scoring champion, was told Monday by doctors that he can resume basketball activities, although long periods of running aren’t encouraged for now.
Mason, a 6-foot-2 point guard who has verbally committed to Drake, hasn’t played competitively since June.
Drake said it will honor his scholarship regardless of his health situation.
Mason was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which causes excessive heart rate when sufferers stand up because blood in the legs doesn’t return to the heart as quickly as normal. He also has a spinal cord meningeal compression affecting his vagus nerve, which controls heart rate, respiration, autonomic nerves and the digestive system.
He has been taking part in light shooting workouts and biking six miles per day.

Mason scored 33.3 points per game last season and was an Associated Press All-State first-team selection in Class AAA.

— By Bill Beckner Jr.
Valley News Dispatch
Twitter: @jdbbeck

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