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Top-seeded Burrell wrestling sets gold standard

By Doug Gulasy
As much as circumstances changed around the Burrell wrestling program over nearly the past decade — four coaches, dozens of wrestlers, a handful of ...
VND high school roundup: Burrell free throws help spark comeback victory
By Staff Report
Burrell found itself in a 19-point hole at halftime of its Section 1-AAA game Friday night at Deer Lakes. The Bucs dug themselves out with some strong free-throw shooting. Burrell (9-8, 3-7) shot 27 of 30 from the free-throw line, including 19 of 20 in the fourth quarter and overtime, to rally ...
VND high school notebook: Injuries depleting Burrell girls basketball roster
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The No. 1-ranked girls basketball team in WPIAL Class AA is down three starters as it begins the season’s final stretch. Already missing senior guard Erika ...
Belle Vernon, Burrell get top seeds for WPIAL team wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
Class AAA Belle Vernon (17-0) and Class AA Burrell (10-3) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming team tournament.  The tournament starts Monday for Class AAA teams with four preliminary-round matches. Returning PIAA and WPIAL champion Franklin Regional (15-1) was seeded second, North Allegheny (11-1) third, ...
Burrell wrestling captures 12th straight section crown
By Doug Gulasy
Faced with a game effort from Kittanning in the Section 3-AA team wrestling final, Burrell buckled down and did what it does best: won another championship. The Bucs won their 12th straight section title, pulling away late for a 43-30 victory over Kittanning on Wednesday night at South Allegheny. “The first hardware ...
Burrell’s Horwatt out as football coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Coming off one of its most challenging seasons in program history, the Burrell football team is looking for a new head coach. Kevin Horwatt was not ...
Freeport boys use hot shooting to sink Burrell
By George Guido
With two losses last week, Freeport approached Tuesday’s game at Burrell with a sense of urgency. Freeport used solid outside shooting and held the Bucs to just three first half field goals en route to a 58-46 victory. Josh Beale had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Yellowjackets connected on eight ...
Freshmen wrestlers help Alle-Kiski Valley teams maintain tradition
By Doug Gulasy
Corey Christie remembers watching Burrell wrestling teams from years past win WPIAL championships, and he made it his mission to contribute as soon as he ...
High school wrestling notebook: Team tournaments could alter WPIAL seedings
By Doug Gulasy
The first stage of the WPIAL team wrestling playoffs is Wednesday night, when the seven sections in Class AAA and Class AA hold their tournaments. Among Alle-Kiski Valley teams, Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Kittanning will compete in the sectional tournaments. All four teams already have clinched spots in next ...
Burrell’s Myers picks Youngstown State to continue basketball career
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Having not played in her basketball team’s past three games because of a concussion, Burrell junior forward Natalie Myers must have had extra time to ...
Burrell’s role players deliver in victory over Apollo-Ridge
By Doug Gulasy
With one of its standouts sidelined by injury and the other seeing constant double teams, Burrell needed its young supporting cast to step up Thursday ...
Burrell wrestlers control Valley for victory
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell completed the first phase of its season Wednesday night by wrapping up a perfect regular season section record. But the Bucs’ biggest challenges are ...
Guido: Burrell girls seek rare top seed in WPIAL playoffs
By George Guido
It has been 24 years since a local girls basketball team was seeded No. 1 in the WPIAL playoffs. Could a top seed be in ...
Burrell hopes to continue winning formula after beating Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Burrell already knew how to lose close games. On Tuesday night, the Buccaneers veered off in a new direction and learned how to win one. Burrell ...
Concussion sidelines Burrell junior forward Myers
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Burrell junior forward Natalie Myers will be sidelined for a week or more because of a concussion. Myers suffered the head trauma during a practice Tuesday ...
Burrell’s Beattie ends school’s short WCCA title drought
By Doug Gulasy
It took until Al Beattie’s senior season for him to win a Westmoreland County championship. But when the Burrell heavyweight’s moment finally came, it didn’t take ...
Upsets reign during Day 1 of Westmoreland County wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
There were more upsets than usual during Day 1 of the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Friday at Franklin Regional. The biggest were ...
Burrell wrestlers rally past Kittanning to stay unbeaten in section
By Matt Grubba
It ended as a comfortable win for Burrell, but for more than half the match, the scoreboard showed Kittanning with the edge over the local ...
Top-ranked Burrell girls finding different ways to win
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The No. 1 ranked team in WPIAL Class AA girls basketball doesn’t have a blueprint for victory. Burrell has won in a number of ways, ...
A look back at the Alle-Kiski Valley’s notable wins, losses
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Another championship for one of the WPIAL’s wrestling dynasties. The end of a storied football rivalry. Tearful goodbyes to a sophomore football player, “Big Jake” and ...
Guido: Guide to the WPIAL basketball playoffs
By George Guido
After a somewhat light local basketball schedule this weekend, section play returns with vigor next week, starting with a full slate for girls Monday and boys Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know for WPIAL playoff determination: • The top four teams in each section make for the playoffs. • If ...
A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams brace for ‘Battle of the Counties’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Penn Hills is going all out this season for holiday basketball. The school will host a three-day “Battle of the Counties” round-robin event with eight girls teams and eight boys teams playing games across Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. There will be eight games each day, the first set to tip at 11 ...
Prestigious Powerade tourney is year-round process
By Doug Gulasy
Tommy Dolde has plenty of good memories of the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament. As a wrestler at Connellsville during the 1980s, Dolde placed three times at ...
Burrell beats Greensburg Central Catholic behind Bordonaro and Myers
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With “Crosby and Malkin” leading the way, Burrell’s girls basketball team continued its regular-season dominance, both in section play and at home. And in the process, ...
Burrell girls basketball braces for Greensburg Central
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When WPIAL realignment for basketball came out several months ago, interested eyes immediately shifted to girls Section 2-AA, which now houses two of the top ...

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