Alumni Update - Brian Resnik (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Brian Resnik continues to pile up both wins and innings for the Yellow Jackets after going 2-0 and working 14 of a possible 16 innings lastResnik Waynesburg week.


The junior, now 6-1 and tied for the PAC lead in wins, shined in a seven-inning, complete-game win at Bethany on Saturday.


He allowed just two unearned runs on four hits and two walks and struck out 12 Bison in the 4-2 victory.


The 12 punchouts moved Resnik into first place in the PAC with 59 this season.


He finished the week with a 1.93 earned-run average and a total of 23 strikeouts.

The Burgettstown graduate earned PAC Pitcher of the Week for his performance.


(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.


Softball: Burgettstown deals with a step up in competition

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Burgettstown softball team.

"WPIAL Class A softball did not adopt a European soccer style of promotion last season, it just seems that way.

Similar to European soccer leagues where the top teams in one division are promoted to a higher division the following season, WPIAL Class A saw four of its top teams move up to Class AA this year.

Defending WPIAL Class A and Section 4-A champion Neshannock, last year's WPIAL runner-up South Side Beaver, Section 2-A co-champion Carmichaels and Section 1-A champion and WPIAL semifinalist Burgettstown, all moved up to Class AA this year.

If the challenge of trying to navigate a new classification was not difficult enough, a team such as Burgettstown must also deal with former Class A rivals."



Wrestling: Burgettstown senior learns from loss

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Burgettstown wrestler Austin McDermitt. Read his story below.

Burgettstown wrestling coach Terry Havelka feels that a loss can sometimes be a positive experience for an athlete.

Blue Devils senior Austin McDermitt agrees.

McDermitt entered last night's final match of the regular season, against Fort Cherry, with a 29-1 record. His only loss came in the 120-pound title match at the Tri-County Tournament, Jan. 10 at Ringgold High School, when he dropped a 4-3 decision to Jefferson-Morgan's Brendon Howard.

Both McDermitt and Howard are seniors who have been varsity starters since their freshman year. The two had met eight previous times. McDermitt held a 6-2 advantage and had won the previous four encounters.