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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 …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Burrell wrestler Kelly ponders chasing Olympic dream
By Bill West
With The Kiski School in his life’s rearview mirror, Lower Burrell native Zach Kelly has come to a fork in the road to further wrestling …
Burrell hires new athletic director
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Everything is happening fast for Aaron Frech. The ink on his college diploma barely dry, Frech became the new athletic director at Burrell High School …
PIAA track and field notebook: Burrell’s ‘mom’ inspires 1,600 girls relay to 4th-place finish
By Bill West
SHIPPENSBURG — Burrell senior Kami Kaczanowicz could live with the “relay mom” label as long as the Bucs’ underclassmen at least described her as a …
Freshmen discus throwers find success at state track meet
By Bill West
Freshmen Jordan Geist and Lizzie Weimer left last week’s WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin somewhat shaken by their performances in the discus. Many …
Top-seeded Beaver gets past Burrell to reach semifinals
By Jason Orfao
The anatomy of an upset often includes a fast start and the ability to capitalize on golden opportunities. Burrell didn’t achieve either in a 2-0 …
Roundup: Plum looks to keep rolling against Penn-Trafford
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Class AAAA quarterfinals No. 6 Plum (16-3) vs.  No. 3 Penn-Trafford (14-3) Time, site: 3 p.m. Monday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: No. 2 Shaler …
Burrell softball team tops Steel Valley, 2-1, in 9 innings
By George Guido
Burrell’s Haley Kuzmirek picked a good time to come out of her weeks-long slump. The Bucs junior blasted a pinch-hit double to left in the …
WPIAL softball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL softball tournament Class AA No. 12 seed Freeport (10-4)  vs. No. 5 Waynesburg Central (12-8) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 4 …
Alle-Kiski notebook: Recruiting picking up for Petrishen
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Lower Burrell native Johnny Petrishen, a junior wide receiver and safety at Central Catholic, is attracting a wealth of college attention heading into his senior season. Petrishen (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who has started since his freshman year, has 11 college offers from Division I schools. Those that have offered include: …
Burrell baseball program savored long run
By George Guido
In 1374, English poet Geoffey Chaucer was credited with creating the saying “all good things must come to an end.” In 2014, Burrell’s baseball program experienced Chaucer’s phrase from the Middle Ages. Burrell’s 16-year WPIAL baseball playoff run ended earlier this week with losses to Apollo-Ridge and Freeport in Section …
Reliever Laird saves day as Apollo-Ridge nears playoff berth
By Matt Grubba
For six innings, Apollo-Ridge was cruising toward control of the Section 3-AA baseball playoff chase. In the seventh, that cruise became a bumpy ride. Burrell …
Busy Burrell tennis duo ready for WPIAL tournament
By Bill West
No athletic talent of Tom Spagnolo’s has earned the Burrell senior more attention than his ability to put a ball in the back of a …
Bases-loaded free passes prove big in Deer Lakes’ softball victory over Burrell
By George Guido
Top-ranked Deer Lakes was the beneficiary of a pair of three-run homers in Tuesday’s 12-5 victory over Burrell. While the Lancers enjoyed the blasts, it …
Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell, Burrell’s Melissa Mazzei
By Tribune-Review
Brandon Mitchell Class: Senior School: Fox Chapel Sport: Track and field Report card: At the Butler Invitational last week, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Mitchell took home …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell knocks off Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Burrell started fast this baseball season, winning its first three games. But the Buccaneers reversed course and dropped four in a row. Desperate to get …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Burrell softball comes from behind to top Valley
By Staff Reports
After helping Valley’s cause with five errors across the first two innings, Burrell’s softball team recovered nicely to post its fourth straight win 8-5 in …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview’s Dom Conte, Burrell’s Lizzie Weimer
By D.j. Vasil
Dom Conte School: Riverview Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Conte is a key player and team captain for the Raiders (6-0). As a pitcher …
Kiski Area’s Simmons, Burrell’s Bordonaro named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area’s Mike Simmons and Burrell’s Sydney Bordonaro have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year Boys player of the …
Fox Chapel’s Mathias named state’s player of the year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel 6-foot-3 center Erin Mathias capped a remarkable senior season with yet another honor Friday as she was named the Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ Class …
Burrell softball rallies past Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s bats started out hot, but Burrell’s kept connecting to the finish. The Bucs scored four runs in the sixth and three more in the …

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