Track: Burrell girls relay team places fourth at state meet

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The Burrell 1,600-meter relay team finished fourth at the PIAA Class AA championships.

The team of Kami Kaczanowicz, Nikki Scherer, Anika Ignozzi and Tori Slomka crossed the line in 4:01.41 for the medal and new school record.

They bettered their time from the 4:01.90 reached earlier this season.

Kaczanowicz, Ignozzi and Slomka also ran in the 400-meter relay with Emma Brown. They finished in 50.05 seconds, placing sixth. They ran their season best in the preliminary round on Friday with a time of 50.02 seconds.

The Bucs will graduate Kaczanowicz and Brown.


Softball: Kuzmirek's heroics help Burrell advance

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Burrell leaned heavily on the bat of junior Haley Kuzmirek in late-game situations on Tuesday and it paid off as the Buccaneers survived a first-round battle against No. 9 Steel Valley (9-5). The eighth-seeded Buccaneers (13-3) were trailing entering the seventh inning and that is when Kuzmirek's hot bat entered the equation. Coming on as a pinch hitter, she ripped an RBI double to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning and help force extra innings. In extra innings the Ironmen decided to pitch to Kuzmirek and she made them pay, blasting a go-ahead solo home run to give Burrell its first lead of the game and the defense and pitching made sure it stood up with the Buccaneers escaping 2-1.

Burrell was potentially staring down its third consecutive one-run defeat in the WPIAL first round until Kuzmirek stepped up. The game was a rematch of a WPIAL first-round meeting last year won 2-1 by Steel Valley. This year, Burrell turned the tables.


Softball: Burrell rides seven-game winning streak into postseason

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Last season Burrell lost two of its last three regular-season games. It backpedaled into the playoffs and lost 2-1 to Steel Valley in the WPIAL first round. This year things are different, slightly. This time around the Buccaneers are riding a seven-game winning streak into the WPIAL playoffs but once again they will face Steel Valley. In one of the best WPIAL Class AA first-round matchups, No. 8 Burrell (12-3) will face No. 9 Steel Valley (10-4), Tuesday 3 p.m. at Plum.

Not only is Burrell riding a seven-game winning streak into the playoffs but its offense is firing on all cylinders. They scored 16 against West Shamokin, 13 against Ford City, 7 against Shady Side Academy, 12 against Valley, 19 and 12 against Apollo-Ridge on a May 6 doubleheader and 16 against Kittanning in the regular-season finale. Melissa Mazzei had a rare triple-triple against Kittanning. She tripled three times and finished with three RBIs in a 16-14 win against Kittanning.


Baseball: Burrell hopes to make playoffs for the 17th consecutive season

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Burrell beginning section play 0-3 was a big surprise considering the Bucs have one of the most consistently good programs in the WPIAL.

But wins on consecutive days last week quickly put the Bucs into the thick of the playoff race once again.

Burrell's baseball team is a machine. The Bucs have reached the postseason 16 consecutive seasons. During that run, the Bucs amassed a ridiculous section record of 158-37.

Only four of those teams were tagged with more than three section losses. This season's team already has three. The Bucs are 5-4 overall and 2-3 in Class AA Section 3.