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McGrath gains 259 yards, Deer Lakes holds off Burrell for 1st win

By R.A. Monti
Ryan McGrath performance was the definition of “workhorse” in Deer Lakes’ 35-20 Allegheny Conference win over Burrell (0-4, 0-4) on Friday night at Lancers Stadium. The senior ran for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to give Deer Lakes (1-3, 1-3) its first win of the year. “He’s …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Petrishen makes stop in Alle-Kiski Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Central Catholic standout Johnny Petrishen could be making his final football stop in the A-K Valley Friday at Fox Chapel. The Lower Burrell native, who …
Valley roundup: Burrell’s Mazary scores twice in Buccaneers win
By Staff Reports
Burrell’s boys soccer team still has its sights set on back-to-back Section 1-AA titles. Corey Mazary fired in a pair of goals and assisted on one by Josh Wertkin to lead the Buccaneers to a 3-1 victory over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night in Lower Burrell. The win moves second-place …
Ford City does little wrong in blanking Burrell
By R.A. Monti
Ford City’s defense was almost flawless in the Sabers’ 27-0 win over Burrell on Friday at Burrell  Stadium. The Sabers (1-2, 1-2) held the Bucs …
Birdie flying solo; going no-huddle to change it up
By The Birdie
When the Birdie makes his weekly predictions, he often gets input from people around the newsroom, from the veteran scribblers and picture-takers, to the sports part-timers and night janitor. Usually, he’s all about collaboration — even though he takes all the credit when he wins. But when he’s losing, he …
Burrell softball coach resigns after 5 seasons
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell softball coach Mike Spagnolo, who led the Bucs to a WPIAL championship and WPIAL runner-up finish in his five seasons with the school, said Monday night he’s resigning from his post. Spagnolo, who has three children in college, said he was resigning mainly for family reasons. “With four kids …
Burrell girls soccer team off to 4-0 start in bid to return to postseason
By Doug Gulasy
The Burrell girls soccer team finished the 2013 season strong, winning its final six games. Unfortunately, the surge came too late to propel them into …
A-K Valley roundup: Burrell girls soccer blanks Deer Lakes to stay undefeated
By Staff Reports
Senior goalkeeper Bailey Klems turned away all five shots she faced, and Jennifer Ryan scored the game’s only goal as Burrell blanked Deer Lakes, 1-0, on Saturday in a Section 2-AA girls soccer game. Erin Duffey assisted on the goal. Burrell (4-0, 2-0), which is tied with Mars (2-1, 2-0) …
Burrell falls to Shady Side Academy in emotional home opener
By D.j. Vasil
Burrell’s home opener Friday night also was a night of remembrance. “Small In Numbers … Big In Heart” was on the front of every Burrell player’s warmup shirt before their matchup against Shady Side Academy at Buccaneer Stadium. On the back, the number 70 marked the memory of fallen teammate …
‘He’s still a part of this team’: Burrell honors player who died during preseason
By Mary Ann Thomas
Although he died from a rare heart tumor on the practice field, Burrell lineman Noah Cornuet, 16, was still listed on Burrell’s official player roster …
Valley edges emotional Burrell team on OT field goal
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Rory Baker joined Valley’s football team before training camp, he showed coach Muzzy Colosimo what he could do, kicking a long field goal on …
Through the years: Heard’s TD capped Valley rally
By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Birdie again up to the challenge
By The Birdie
His tailfeathers dripping, his wings wet and his beak chattering after he did the Ice Bucket Challenge — the video of the supposed self-dousing somehow disappeared from social media — the Birdie came up for air to the realization that Week 1 finally is here. “I have been waiting for …
Heavy-hearted Burrell set to take on rival Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Noah Cornuet had a legitimate chance to start on the offensive line for Burrell this season, but the well-liked sophomore never got that chance. Cornuet …
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: No more ‘follow-the-winner’ for PIAA basketball playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some teams that lose in the WPIAL basketball playoffs won’t have to depend on others to drag them into the PIAA playoffs. Starting next season, …
Like the Allegheny Conference, the Birdie is realigned
By The Birdie
Back from his summer nesting spot on an undisclosed island, the Birdie is ready for another season of high school football. But the A-K Valley’s crystal ball-wielding virtuoso returns with a slight chip on his shoulder. He didn’t like that some other birds stole the spotlight while he was gone. …
Burrell rebuilding but retains star rusher
By Bill West
Gray hairs peek out from under the sides of Burrell coach Kevin Horwatt’s visor. The salt-and-pepper look near his sideburns might grow more noticeable as …
Sturdy Burrell running back Sowol ready for encore
By Bill West
After a few games as Burrell’s featured running back last season, Ryan Sowol heard his name mentioned in the same breath as his direct predecessor, …
Burrell student remembered as 'gentle giant'
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A teammate called him a big teddy bear. A friend at his church said he was a gentle giant. But Burrell sophomore Noah Cornuet, be …
Burrell football player died from a heart tumor, autopsy shows
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Noah Cornuet’s sudden death Wednesday didn’t just shock his family, friends and community. Medical experts were stunned at the exceptionally rare cause of the Lower …
Burrell High School football player collapses at practice, dies
By Valley News Dispatch
A Burrell High School football player died on Wednesday at the first day of heat acclimation practice for the team. Noah Cornuet, 16, a sophomore, …
Burrell sophomore sprinter preps for national meet
By Bill West
Not long after medaling at the USA Track and Field Region 2 Junior Olympics championships last weekend in Pomona, N.J., Nikki Scherer pondered the results …
Guido: Burrell set to celebrate 50th anniversary
By George Guido
Plans are continuing for Burrell High School’s big bash this fall. The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a fun-filled, homecoming weekend Oct. 3-4. …
Plum, Burrell soccer players get kicks across pond
By Michael Love
Last year, Plum’s Christine Tamburri and Nicolette Casarcia had hopes of being part of a team of American soccer players that would cross the Atlantic …
WPIAL denies eligibility for 2
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL board of control denied waiver requests from Central Catholic’s Riley Redman and Burrell’s Zach Kelly on Wednesday, leaving both ineligible for their upcoming senior years. Uniontown’s Rodney Harris was granted his waiver request for attendance issues when the board held hearings in Green Tree, making him eligible. Harris …

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