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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 ...
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Veterans, newcomers set for PIAA tournament
By Doug Gulasy
Seven Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers will compete at the PIAA championships this weekend, and it’s an almost even split between competitors making their first appearance and those returning. Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie, Kittanning junior 220-pounder Jacob Robb and Kiski Area junior 220-pounder Tyler Worthing all have experience at the PIAA individual ...
Burrell girls basketball team plans PIAA rebound
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Whipsawed by a crushing defeat and a sudden dose of WPIAL finality, Burrell senior Sydney Bordonaro broke down in a hallway at Hampton High School ...
PIAA basketball playoff brackets set
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Three Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams that made the WPIAL semifinals will open the state postseason later this week. In boys Class AAAA, Fox Chapel (16-9), the fourth-place team in the WPIAL, will play City League champion Allderdice (23-2) at noon Saturday at Obama Academy. The Burrell girls (21-4) open against Karns City ...
Burrell heavyweight Beattie claims 3rd Class AA Southwest Regional title
By Bill West
Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie coughed repeatedly with considerable force as people began to clear Canon-McMillan High School’s gym Saturday night after the completion of ...
Burrell freshman Christie aided by bracket change at wrestling regionals
By Bill West
Burrell freshman Corey Christie’s mother checked the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional championship brackets just after their release early in the week and informed the ...
Burrell girls make AK history in WPIALs
By George Guido
Burrell’s game against Bishop Canevin on Tuesday marked the third straight season the Bucs girls had advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, an Alle-Kiski Valley record. Several programs had made two in a row (Deer Lakes, Ford City and Apollo-Ridge), but none have reached three. As for boys basketball, one has to ...
High school wrestling notebook: Roberts’ switch to wrestling has gone swimmingly
By Doug Gulasy
Jason Roberts began his high school career as a swimmer, not a wrestler. He still made plenty of splashes on the mat. Burrell’s senior 132-pounder, ...
Bishop Canevin knocks off No. 2 seed Burrell, 32-30
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The fun-filled buildup to another appearance in the WPIAL finals ended with a crashing letdown for the Burrell girls basketball team. Sixth-seeded Bishop Canevin, wide-eyed and ...
Burrell girls healthy for WPIAL Class AA basketball semifinals
By George Guido
The Burrell girls basketball team will make local history Tuesday when it faces Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Hampton High School. It’s ...
Burrell big bodies Scherer, Beattie win WPIAL titles
By Bill West
Burrell senior Robert Scherer became known among by family, friends and Bucs faithful as “Bubby” because of an observation made by his grandmother years ago. To ...
Burrell wrestler Greenwald returns to semifinals
By Bill West
The last time Burrell junior Damon Greenwald wrestled in the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships, he left the mat writhing in pain ...
Burrell girls advance to WPIAL semifinals for 3rd straight season
By George Guido
The Burrell Bucs are making a school-record, third consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class AA girls basketball semifinals. Burrell jumped to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 66-36 victory over the Chartiers-Houston Bucs on Friday night at the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic gym. Sophomore Eliza Oswalt scored ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Kaison Branch, Burrell’s Eliza Oswalt
By William Whalen
Kaison Branch School: Highlands Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: Branch, a team captain and three-year starter, scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and ...
A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Friday’s games Boys Class AAA Quarterfinals • No. 13 Highlands (13-11)  vs. No. 5 Indiana (21-2) 8 p.m. at ...
No. 2 Burrell girls give Freedom no chance
By George Guido
The only mystery left during Burrell’s 60-19 victory Tuesday night over Freedom was how soon Bucs forward Natalie Myers would break the 1,000-career point barrier. Myers did it on a free throw with 4:52 left in the third quarter as Burrell cruised to the WPIAL Class AA first-round victory at North ...
Kittanning’s Robb wins 3rd section title as Wildcats crowd medal stand
By Doug Gulasy
Jake Robb wrestled just two matches at the Section 3-AA individual tournament Saturday, but both came with a significant reward. Kittanning’s junior 220-pounder earned his 100th career victory with a pin of Indiana’s Jordan Smith in the semifinals, then claimed his third section title with a 10-2 major decision ...
Burrell duo adds to A-K Valley’s long list of prolific scoring tandems
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A routine weekday practice is getting ready to start at Burrell. Junior forward Natalie Myers is sitting in a chair courtside, and senior guard Sydney ...
High school wrestling notebook: Trio seek to defend section titles
By Doug Gulasy
With the team wrestling season over, focus will shift to the individual portion of the campaign. WPIAL individual season will get underway this weekend with Class AA sectionals. The Section 3-AA tournament, featuring Burrell, Highlands, Kittanning, Riverview and Valley, will begin 11 a.m. Saturday at Avonworth. The top five wrestlers in each ...
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers search for ultimate reward — the pin
By Doug Gulasy
Al Beattie didn’t become a pin king overnight. Nor did it happen by accident. From an early age, Beattie’s wrestling instructors told him to wrestle ...
Burrell girls earn No. 2 seed in WPIAL playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell coach Meghan Ziemianski went into Tuesday night’s WPIAL basketball playoff pairings announcement with hopes of drawing the No. 2 seed but with no expectations. ...
Burrell girls await WPIAL playoff pairings
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A trip to the WPIAL basketball pairings meeting last year was somewhat of an adventure for Burrell girls basketball coach Meghan Ziemianski and father,­ Mark, ...
VND high school roundup: Burrell girls basketball squanders big lead then edges Beaver, 53-50
By Staff Reports
The Class AA No. 3-ranked Burrell girls basketball team gave away an 18-point third-quarter lead, but salvaged a 53-50 nonsection win over Class-AAA No. 3 …
Gorman: Idiots could learn a lesson from kids
By Kevin Gorman
One of my favorite lines about life lessons came from a colorful character in the sports world named Rudolf Walter Wanderone Jr. You might know ...

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