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VND high school roundup: Burrell uses 16-hit attack to turn away Freeport

By Staff Reports
Burrell’s offensive performance even surprised its coach Thursday. Freshman catcher Ashley Pometo’s three-run homer highlighted a 16-hit effort as the Bucs (3-4, 3-4) beat Freeport, ...
A-K Valley roundup: Bordonaro scores 13 in Roundball Classic win
By Staff Reports
Burrell senior point guard Sydney Bordonaro was one of the showstoppers in the first of four Roundball Classic all-star games Saturday at Geneva College’s Metheny ...
Teaching fueled Burrell’s Henderson into A-K Sports Hall of Fame
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The narrative of Tom Henderson’s coaching career has to begin with the description he gave himself when it all started 26 years ago. “I was a ...
Burrell track and field sophomores make fast friends
By Doug Gulasy
The shot felt noticeably lighter to Lizzie Weimer at Burrell’s first outdoor track and field meet of the season. After an offseason spent lifting with ...
Plum’s Edwards, Burrell’s Bordonaro named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR James Edwards Plum, 6-2, Jr., Guard Who knows what would have become of James Edwards had he stayed with ...
Blackhawk’s Omogrosso, Vincentian’s Wise named state’s players of the year
By Staff Report
Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise continue to defend their titles. Less than two weeks after they each helped their girls basketball teams ...
Kiski Valley rugby team finally breaks through against rival
By Jerin Steele
With his Kiski Valley rugby teammates gathered around him before Wednesday’s match with Burrell, Dom Rivera let out a yell that could’ve been heard in ...
Burrell wrestler Beattie picks Pitt-Johnstown
By Staff Report
Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie, the Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year, committed Tuesday to Pitt-Johnstown, Burrell coach Josh Shields said. Beattie won his first PIAA Class AA individual championship this season, beating Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel in the final. He also won his third WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional titles ...
Bordonaro boosts East girls to 79-72 victory in Cager Classic
By George Guido
It took Sydney Bordonaro and her East teammates one half of play to get into gear. But when they did, it resulted in a spectacular second ...
Burrell’s Beattie named Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year
By Doug Gulasy
Al Beattie hates gym class, and he isn’t fond of Monopoly, either. He doesn’t have anything against dodgeball or the Boardwalk, necessarily, but playing games ...
Franklin Regional’s Lee named Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
By Paul Schofield
Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee did something this year that many in his shoes might not have — wrestled at a higher weight so his ...
Division I-bound duo to lead East girls team at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Local basketball fans have been served up Division I basketball talent many times before at the annual Cager Classic all-star games. Many top-level players have dueled ...
A-K Valley HS notebook: Burrell soccer coach excited for opportunity in WPIAL
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Crystal Heder never got to coach girls soccer in a WPIAL section in her three years at Kittanning because that program remained at the “club” level. With Kittanning closing to merge with Ford City and girls soccer numbers down, Heder decided not to apply for the girls job at soon-to-be-formed ...
Guido: Wrapping up a successful season
By George Guido
It’s time to put another local basketball season on the shelf. And this season had its share of uplifting moments and sad moments. High moments ...
Former assistant Bellinotti named new Burrell head coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Dave Bellinotti said he wants to see Burrell’s football team return to its “glory days.” If that happens, he might be the first to see it. Bellinotti, 44, will have a chance to significantly impact the program’s future after he was hired Tuesday night to be the next head football coach at ...
Despite Bordonaro’s career-high 36, Burrell girls defeated in PIAA playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
JOHNSTOWN — Bellwood-Antis not only ruined the mood around Burrell girls basketball but also spoiled an all-time great performance by the program’s all-time leading scorer. ...
PIAA Class AA girls basketball capsule: Burrell vs. Bellwood-Antis
By Tribune-Review
PIAA basketball playoffs Girls Class AA Second round • Burrell (22-4) vs. Bellwood-Antis (25-2) ...
High school basketball notebook: A-K players, coach, picked for Roundball Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Seven Alle-Kiski senior players have been selected to participate in the Roundball Classic all-star games April 17 and 18 at Geneva College. There are four “feature” games on Saturday. Kiski Area’s Mike Simmons will play for the Class AAAA all-stars against Class AAA at 8 p.m. The Class AA ...
Burrell’s Beattie savors PIAA title
By Bill West
HERSHEY — A referee raised Burrell senior Al Beattie’s hand for the 157th time in the heavyweight’s high school wrestling career Saturday at Giant Center. Yet ...
Burrell girls beat physical Karns City in PIAA playoff opener
By Bill Beckner Jr.
CLARION — Karns City pushed, prodded and jostled for position and made life miserable for Burrell in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs. Burrell loved every bruising second. “This was a tough one,” Burrell senior guard Sydney Bordonaro said. “I have cuts on my arms, and Nat ...
Burrell’s Beattie, Southmoreland’s Beistel to wrestle again in PIAA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Burrell senior Al Beattie slapped hands with Southmoreland junior Jacob Beistel as the two passed each other in a hallway Friday night at ...
PIAA basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Boys Class AAAA first round e_SBlt Fox Chapel (16-9) vs. Allderdice (23-2) Noon Saturday at Obama Academy Winner plays: Chartiers Valley (23-3)/ Mt. Lebanon (20-6) ...
PIAA first-round wins fashionable for Kiski Area wrestlers, Burrell’s Beattie
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Kiski Area’s Joey Blumer and Tyler Worthing made sure nothing about their first day at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships got ...
Previewing the PIAA girls basketball tournament
By Compiled By  bill Hartlep
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Norwin (21-4), Penn Hills (16-10), North Allegheny (22-3), Bethel Park (20-5), Pine-Richland (21-5), Obama (16-8). Around the state: Defending PIAA ...
Burrell’s Beattie taking final shot at PIAA title
By Doug Gulasy
The son of a wrestling coach, Al Beattie first stepped on a mat when he was 2 years old. He didn’t formulate his ultimate goal ...

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