Football: Burrell chooses alumnus as coach

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Drew Karpen profiles new Burrell football coach Dave Bellinotti.

"More than likely, when a high school football team has a winless season, the head coaching job could be imperiled.

Last year Burrell High School finished last in the Class AA Allegheny Conference with an 0-9 record and, not surprisingly, the district school board voted to open the varsity coaching position occupied by Kevin Horwatt. He had posted an 18-11 mark in the preceding three seasons.

In a perfect world, the Buccaneers would find a candidate with a championship pedigree and close ties to the community.

Evidently, the stars were aligned when the district announced Dave Bellinotti as the new coach of the Bucs."



Track: Burrell's Scherer sprints to gold

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Drew Karpen profiles Burrell sprinter Nikki Scherer.

2015 0529 Burrell GTrack(Photo: Burrell's Nicole Scherer crosses the finish line to win the Class AA 100-meter dash at the PIAA track and field championships. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"The feeling exemplified by Burrell sophomore sprinter Nikki Scherer last Saturday after winning her first PIAA gold medal is the reason why she fought so hard to return from injury last year.

Scherer captured first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.32, beating her opponent by one-hundredth of a second at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium. By no means was it her fastest time, but the only thing that mattered was it was the fastest that day out of all the qualified sprinters in the state.

"It is amazing," Scherer said. "It is a really good feeling. It still hasn't settled in. It wasn't close to my best but what happens at states is you aren't going to run your personal record because you run so much. I didn't think it was going to happen this year because I didn't get to run last year."

Scherer also won the WPIAL championship this year and competed in every meet and invitational to prepare herself mentally and physically for running the mandatory three times at the state championships."


Track: Burrell sprinter wins first state title

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Nikki Scherer claimed the 100-meter PIAA Class AA title last Saturday.

The Burrell sophomore won her first state title by running the event in 12.32. Athens Area's Breana Gambrell proved to be tough competition, but Scherer had a stronger kick.

Scherer was also the WPIAL champion in the 100.

She also competed in the 200 at Shippensburg University, where she finished third in 25.02.


Track: Burrell's Weimer claims two golds at WPIAL championships

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Lizzie Weimer won two WPIAL Class AA titles in throwing events last Thursday.

The sophomore took the stage at Baldwin to win the shot put and the discus.

Weimer threw her season best in the discus with a distance of 127-4, with almost 18 feet on second-place Cydney Francis of Neighborhood Academy.

She threw a mark of 40-11 1/2 in the shot put.


Track: Another exceptional showing by Burrell's Scherer at WPIAL qualifiers

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Burrell's Nicole Scherer grabbed first-place finishes in four events at last week's WPIAL Class AA qualifiers.

Scherer won both the 100-meter dash (11.64) and 200-meter dash. Teammate Nicole Kristof took second in the 100 with a time of 12.37.

Valley's Ameriah Walters gave Scherer a run for her money in the 200, finishing in second with a time of 25.35.

The sophomore's momentum didn't stop there. She went on to help both the 400 (Kristof, Tori Slomka and Anika Ignozzi) and 1,600 relay teams (Megan Sowol, Slomka and Ignozzi) take the No. 1 spot.