Burgettstown 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Wins haven't been commonplace at Burgettstown over the years, but Mark Druga hopes to change that.

Druga, an assistant at Burgettstown since 2007, was named head coach in April. He replaces Terry Havelka, who resigned after three seasons. The Blue Devils went 3-24 in that span, going winless in 2012 and 2013. They haven't finished with a winning record since 2007 and haven't made the playoffs since 2009.

The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors from last year's squad that finished 3-6. They return their starting quarterback and top two receivers. Brad McLaughlin (5-10, 165, Jr., QB) passed for 451 yards. Jacob Shipley (6-1, 185, Sr., WR) made 16 catches for 261 yards, and Cole LaRocka (6-0, 175, Jr., RB) had 14 catches for 122 yards. LaRocka was second on the team in rushing with 184 yards and scored four touchdowns. The Blue Devils must replace Jake McKee, who led the team in rushing (595 yards) and touchdowns (eight).


Alumni Update - Brian Resnik (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior pitcher Brian Resnik picked up another postseason award for his work duringResnik Waynesburg the 2015 baseball season. Resnik was lauded as a second-team 2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Mideast Region honoree.

The righty standout earned the recognition after putting together a 9-3 overall record and an earned run average of 2.73, along with six complete games and a pair of shutouts.

Over 85 2/3 innings, he allowed 78 hits, struck out 86 and surrendered just 20 walks.

Along with being named a first-team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) selection for a second-straight year, he was tabbed as PAC Co-Pitcher of the Year.

The Burgettstown graduate was also listed as a second-team member of's All-Mideast Region team.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Softball: West Feature Athlete - Katie Tarr, Burgettstown

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Katie Tarr
School: Burgettstown
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background: Katie Tarr is one of two returning pitchers back this season for the Burgettstown softball team. She helped lead the Blue Devils to the WPIAL Class A semifinals last season along with pitcher Moran Ellek, who also returns. Tarr was 7-3 last season. Burgettstown needs both Tarr and Ellek this season as it moves up to WPIAL Class AA.


Softball: Burgettstown finding itself right at home in Class AA

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A WPIAL Class A semifinalist a year ago, Burgettstown is getting along just fine in Class AA this season. Through seven games the Blue Devils are 6-1 overall and are currently tied with South Side Beaver for a share of first place in Section 1-AA with identical 2-0 records. South Side Beaver is another team who moved up in classification this year to Class AA.

The Blue Devils were 12-0 in Section 1-A last season and won 18 games total. If not for running into Neshannock twice in the postseason, they may have won some WPIAL and state hardware. They lost to Neshannock in the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals. Neshannock is also in Class AA this season.

Luckily for Burgettstown, nine starters are back from a year ago and the team could be considered an immediate contender in Class AA. The returning starters include the junior pitching duo Katie Tarr and Morgan Ellek. They were a combined 12-4 last season.