Golf: Three Burgettstown golfers qualify for PIAA West Regional

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Laurel sophomore Evan Long placed third with a 6-over-par round of 78, but there definitely will be a Burgettstown flavor at next month's PIAA Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

That's because three Blue Devils finished among the top 16 qualifiers to qualify for the West Regional that will be played on Oct. 16.

The unique aspect about the Burgettstown qualifiers is that two of them don't even attend the school.

Sophomore Austin Lis placed fifth with a 9-over-par round of 81. He is a student at neighboring Avella High School. Burgettstown and Avella are in the third year of a cooperative arrangement where Avella students can play on the Blue Devils' golf team.


Boys Golf: Burgettstown still a contender

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Joe Koch profiles the Burgettstown boys golf team.

2014 0925 Burgettstown BGolf(Photo: Cody Dobbin, a student at Avella, plays for the Burgettstown golf team under a cooperative agreement. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Burgettstown Area High School golf coach Ben Froats is grateful for the opportunity granted to him.

After all, it doesn't often happen that a first-year coach is presented the reins to one of the top Class AA high school programs in the WPIAL.

That's what happened when longtime coach and former Burgettstown athletic director Jon Vallina retired as the team's coach last year after leading the Blue Devils to a second-place finish in the WPIAL Class AA team championships, one year after the Blue Devils had earned their fifth title in the program's history.

"It was an easy transition for me," said Froats, who played for Vallina from 2001 to '04. "I was also his assistant coach last year, so I knew how he ran things.""


Football: Burgettstown ends 24-game losing streak

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When Charleroi took a late 26-21 lead over Burgettstown on Friday night, loyal Blue Devils fans had to be thinking, here we go again. But that didn't happen.

Instead Burgettstown ended a 24-game losing streak by scoring a pair of late touchdowns and winning 41-26. It was the Blue Devils' first win since a 14-7 win over Quaker Valley on Oct. 8, 2011.

Brad McLaughlin, who passed for the second touchdown earlier, ran for the score that put Burgettstown ahead to stay and Leroy Camp returned an interception 35 yards for a score to seal the win. Jacob McKee scored twice on 1-yard runs, Cole LaRocka ran one in, and Jacob Shipley caught McLaughlin's earlier scoring throw.


Golf: Three from Burgettstown qualify for Class AA final

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Three competitors from 2013 WPIAL Class AA team runner-up Burgettstown have qualified for the 2014 WPIAL Class AA Individual Championship that will be held next Wednesday at Youghiogheny Country Club. They are Cody Dobbin, who placed third at the Section 4-AA championship, four strokes behind medalist Sam Smallhoover of Bishop Canevin. Teammates Hunter Lecker and Austin Lis tied for fifth place with identical rounds of 79.


Boys Golf: West Feature Athletes - Burgettstown's Cody Dobbin and Hunter Lecker

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Names: Cody Dobbin and Hunter Lecker
School: Burgettstown
Grades: Dobbin (11) and Lecker (12)
Sport: Boys Golf
Positions: Lecker (No. 1) and Dobbin (No. 2)

Background: Dobbin, who actually attends Avella High School, is a three-year starter for the Blue Devils. Lecker is a four-year starter. Both are averaging 38 strokes in the nine-hole matches Burgettstown has played.