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Young offensive line paves way for Burrell

All Burrell wanted to do was give its athletes room to run against a larger and more experienced Springdale front line. The Bucs' young ...

For Burrell boys soccer team, 1 main goal scorer won't do

In recent seasons, the Burrell boys soccer team's offensive output at times resembled a one-man show, with the Bucs leaning heavily on a player to ...

Burrell girls soccer expects boost from huge freshman class

Crystal Kosecki thought some of her upperclassmen looked somewhat intimidated at the size of the Burrell girls soccer team's freshman class this season. She didn't think ...

Burrell, Springdale set to play for 1st time in 31 years

Week Zero is brand new, so its perception could change with time. But it looks like the teams that chose to play a game over ...

The Birdie opens year with Zero expectations

The Birdie says the pressure's off for his first week of predictions. The Alle-Kiski Valley's gridiron guru isn't concerned about wins and losses. "The PIAA has ...

Guido: Week Zero offers early start to season

The 118th season of local high school football is on the horizon, albeit a bit early this season. That's because the PIAA has allowed schools ...

Alle-Kiski Valley teams split on Week Zero

When it came time to decide whether to play a scrimmage or full-fledged game in the new "Week Zero," Springdale football coach Dave Leasure left ...

The Birdie: Move to six classes, 'Week Zero' do more harm than good

Last season: 97-19 (.836) Twitter: @TheBirdie_VND The Birdie begins the season with his wing in a sling — from a game of Pokemon ...

A-K Valley signal-callers with varying styles set to lead teams

Brayden Thimons knows his Highlands football. He has followed recent team history with a careful curiosity, and always with an eye toward the future — ...

Skill players provide optimism at Burrell

Four years ago, Max Garda and Jack Ryan teamed up to help the Lower Burrell Flyers win a youth football championship. The skilled pair will try ...

Burrell running back Ryan prepared for heavier load

A believer in relaxation and meditation, Jack Ryan falls asleep many nights to audio of the rainforest or similarly soothing sounds. He hopes to put his ...

Burrell football notebook: Bucs' Glaister joins trend of female kickers

Marena Glaister saw her close friend, Taylor Gunn, boot a game-winning extra point for Highlands in an overtime victory against Apollo-Ridge last season and was ...

Burrell grad Young returns home to wrestle professionally

When Mike Young attended Burrell High School, he didn't participate in the Bucs' successful wrestling program, but he always knew he wanted to become a ...

Storylines abound as A-K Valley football teams enter new-look WPIAL

High school football's motor will rumble to life Monday when training camps open around the Alle-Kiski Valley and WPIAL. A new season is about to ...

High school notebook: Burrell football going away for camp

Burrell is "Buc-ing" a trend. High school football training camps open Monday, and while every other team in the Valley News Dispatch coverage area is ...

Burrell, Deer Lakes to field full WPIAL cross country teams after 1 year on club level

A group of Burrell students spent time earlier this summer working on the trail at Burrell Lake Park, widening the pathway and covering up roots ...

A-K Valley high school notebook: Liotta still on the move

Shawn Liotta has about 125,000 miles on his 2012 Chrysler 200. He said he's had four sets of tires put on the vehicle since he ...

Deer Lakes' Taliani named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Maria Taliani DEER LAKES, SENIOR, LEFT FIELD After her historic, three-home-run, seven-RBI performance in last year's WPIAL Class AA championship game ...

Freeport's Pastorek named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Nathan Pastorek FREEPORT, SENIOR, PITCHER Nathan Pastorek's Freeport jersey number came via process of elimination. As a freshman on the Yellowjackets' 2013 ...

Burrell graduate Hydock awash in water polo talent

Gannon water polo coach Sean Morphy said his team is comprised of players from high school and Olympic development programs. Incoming senior Jessica Hydock, however, ...

Kiski Area thrower Johnson notches career best at PIAA meet

SHIPPENSBURG — Naudia Johnson came to track and field out of necessity after she and friend Liz Debich were cut from the Kiski Area softball ...

Burrell's Scherer sets WPIAL 200 record

Nikki Scherer didn't get the result she wanted in the 100-meter dash. That only pushed her harder in her next race. After the Burrell junior ...

Steel Valley softball outlasts Burrell for 1st round win

As Burrell's Paige Beattie raced toward third base to complete a one-out triple in the bottom of the eighth inning, Steel Valley pitcher Maddie Cotter ...

Keystone Oaks ace Riggle blanks Burrell in playoff opener

Burrell didn't know much about first-round opponent Keystone Oaks when the WPIAL released the baseball playoff brackets. Any amount of research probably couldn't prepare the Bucs ...

Burrell sprinter Scherer chasing WPIAL records

Nikki Scherer was enjoying her experience running the 200 meters at the WPIAL Class AA track and field qualifiers last week. Then the lights went out. "I ...


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