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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 ...
Class AAA Kiski Area wrestling team uses five pins to knock off Class AA power Burrell
By Doug Gulasy
Kiski Area’s wrestling schedule is filled with WPIAL contenders. On Thursday night, the Cavaliers showed the tenacity necessary to beat that type of competition. On the ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Garda’s buzzer-beater lifts Burrell
By Staff Reports
His team down one and the final seconds ticking down, Max Garda crossed the midcourt line, squared up to the basket and let the shot ...
Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling teams set to battle for bragging rights
By Doug Gulasy
Joey Blumer feels his nerves bubble up before big wrestling matches like the WPIAL or PIAA championships. Thursday night’s nonsection match at Burrell may bring ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell’s Beattie wins wrestling title at King of the Mountain
By Staff Reports
Allan Beattie said he thought the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament would test his team “the perfect amount, maybe more.” The Burrell senior wrestler didn’t ...
Burrell boys basketball team bumps up physical play
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There is more bang for the Bucs. Burrell’s boys basketball team knew it would have to play a more physical style when it made the ...
Young Burrell wrestling team starts with big win
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell’s latest title defense started just the way the Bucs’ coach hoped. Despite breaking in some new starters, the eight-time defending WPIAL Class AA champions began ...
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Lettrich’s 16 points leads Burrell past Kittanning
By Staff Reports
Burrell began its new season in Class AAA with a win over a Class AAA opponent. And it got an A-plus effort from junior guard Brendan Lettrich to make it happen. Lettrich scored 16 points, hit all 10 of his free throws, grabbed six rebounds and dished five assists as the Buccaneers ...
Versatile backcourt players spearhead changing of guard in AK Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Both skilled shooters with so-called “handles,” Mike Simmons and Sydney Bordonaro were lauded last season for what they could do with the basketball in their ...
With just 1 returning state qualifier, 8-time defending champ Burrell an ‘underdog’
By Doug Gulasy
The concept seems impossible to even imagine: the Burrell wrestling team, underdogs. After winning their eighth consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship in 2013-14, the Bucs ...
Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles ...
Burrell boys basketball team moves to Class AAA, eager to compete
By Bill Beckner Jr.
After a rebuilding year at Burrell where new coach Shawn Bennis started from the bedrock level up, the Buccaneers boys basketball team faces another uphill ...
Burrell girls work new faces into solid basketball nucleus
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Burrell’s goal isn’t to make it to Palumbo Center this year. Sure, the Buccaneers want to return to the WPIAL Class AA championship game, but the ...
Freeport swimmer Otwell signs with Towson
By Doug Gulasy
Not even making her college commitment official kept Freeport senior Bria Otwell from getting her swim practice in Wednesday morning. Otwell woke before 5 a.m. ...
High school notebook: Burrell’s Bordonaro set to sign with Pepperdine
By Bill Beckner Jr.
All-state guard Sydney Bordonaro is eager to get her senior basketball season underway at Burrell. But first, she has to tend to some business. On Wednesday ...
Through the years: Burrell defense negated Canevin’s rushing attack
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 ...
Apollo-Ridge fine-tunes for playoffs with 64-20 victory over Burrell
By William Whalen
Two teams entered the final game of the regular season heading in opposite directions. For No. 5 Apollo-Ridge, it simply was a business trip. Win the game, get out healthy and wait for the WPIAL playoff seedings Monday. For Burrell, the last game provided a glimpse into the future against ...
Second-half adjustments help Burrell boys soccer win in 2OT
By Doug Gulasy
Members of the Burrell boys soccer team came out for the second overtime of their game against West Mifflin on Saturday afternoon with hands on their hips, tired after 95 minutes of play. The Bucs found their second wind quickly. Joey Cox knocked a cross-field pass from Corey Mazary past West Mifflin ...
Freeport QB sets passing mark in rout
By Doug Gulasy
Freeport quarterback Andrew Romanchak thought the pass fell incomplete. Coach John Gaillot worried it might get intercepted. Instead, the ball deflected off intended receiver Justin Brestensky, dropped ...
Alle-Kiski Valley soccer teams prep for postseason shootouts
By Doug Gulasy
Throughout the regular season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team works on penalty kicks as one of several pre-practice drills. Those drills are about to ...
High school notebook: Burrell’s Bordonaro getting back to form
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Burrell senior girls basketball player Sydney Bordonaro is on the mend after having surgery to repair a recurring shoulder injury. The all-state point guard tore the ...
Valley high school soccer notebook: Area coaches waiting to learn playoff fates
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Soccer  Committee will release the playoff bracket Wednesday, and Alle-Kiski Valley coaches will be waiting to see who their teams draw in the first round. Eleven local teams qualified for the postseason: the boys teams from Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area, Knoch and Riverview, and the girls teams from ...
Jackson surpasses 3,000 career rushing yards in Highlands’ rout of Burrell
By R.A. Monti
It was a night of firsts for Highlands in its 55-7 victory over Burrell on Friday at Golden Rams Stadium. The Rams (7-0, 7-0 Allegheny ...
Guido: Ehrlich, Brown lifted Burrell to playoffs 10 years ago
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 ...
No. 10 Kittanning drops Burrell, 43-7, behind Toy, Dudek
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While there was quite a buildup to Saturday night’s football game — Burrell paired it with the city’s day-long 50th anniversary celebration — visiting Kittanning ...

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