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Burrell 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Burrell didn't win a game last season, so the Bucs have turned to a former star player to help reverse their fortunes.

Dave Bellinotti takes over for Kevin Horwatt, who was not retained after four seasons. Bellinotti is a 1988 Burrell graduate who was a starting safety on the school's 1986 WPIAL championship team.

"We have to be fundamentally sound," Bellinotti said. "The biggest key for us will be to compete for four quarters."

Bellinotti said he likes his stable of running backs, a group led by Jason David (5-11, 170, Sr.) and Noah Hanna (5-11, 170, Sr.). David led the Bucs in receiving last season with 23 catches for 341 yards and also scored a team-high seven touchdowns. Hanna rushed for a team-best 257 yards.

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Football: Burrell chooses alumnus as coach

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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."

 

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Track: Burrell's Scherer sprints to gold

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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."

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Track: Burrell sprinter wins first state title

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

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.

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

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

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.