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Girls Basketball: Burrell advances to semifinals to play unlikely foe

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Once the postseason brackets were announced it appeared Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic were headed for a third meeting of the season in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

Instead of a rematch with the Centurions, however, the Bucs will take on somewhat of a surprise opponent in Bishop Canevin, which ousted Greensburg Central Catholic, 54-46, in the quarterfinals.

Though the Centurions couldn't keep up their end of the bargain, Burrell appears primed for its second consecutive appearance in the WPIAL championship game. The Bucs steamrolled Freedom by 41 in the first round, then beat up Chartiers-Houston by 28.

One thing that Burrell showed against Chartiers-Houston was that it was more than just a two-person team with Sydney Bordonaro and Natalie Myers as Eliza Oswalt led four players in double figures with 18.

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Girls Basketball: Burrell taking it one game at a time

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All season long, Class AA figured to be a three-team race between defending champion Seton-LaSalle, 2014 finalist Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic and that's exactly what the WPIAL seeding committee believed when it ranked them 1-2-3, respectively.

Of the three teams, Burrell (19-3) has the most pure talent and the highest expectations despite being only the No. 2 seed.

Not only do the Bucs have one Division I prospect in senior guard and Pepperdine recruit Sydney Bordonaro, they have a second in Youngstown State commit in junior forward Natalie Myers. They also have a strong supporting cast and the experience of playing in a collegiate venue, even though this year's finals will be at Pitt's Petersen Events Center and not Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.

One thing Burrell will have to avoid in the early going is looking too far ahead to a potential semifinal rubber game with Greensburg Central Catholic, the only Class AA team to defeat the Bucs this season. Other than that, their path to the semifinals should be relatively easy, beginning Tuesday at North Hills when they take on Freedom (11-12), which won a play-in game to get to this point.

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Swimming: Burrell girls have strong showing at tough dual meet

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The Burrell girls swimming and diving team totaled 77 points in a dive meet against Class AA power Shady Side Academy. The Buccaneers were edged in the meet by eight points but they had a number of fast swims and were able to showcase their depth. In the 200 medley relay Burrell had two relays score points. Juniors Dana McAlpine and Mackenzie Bindas swam with sophomores Cailey Flemm and Taylor Roach on a second-place relay and sophomores Ally Spohn, Kaitlyn Shaw and Natalie Opalka swam with senior Lexi Husar on the third-place relay. Senior Abby Storch and Husar placed fourth and fifth in the 200 freestyle with times of 2:36.12 and 2:38.58. McAlpine was third in the 200 IM. She clocked in at 2:39.10. Roach, Spohn and Shawn were 2-3-4 in the 50 freestyle, all swimming the event in under 30 seconds. Flemm had the highest finish for the Buccaneers in the 100 butterfly, placing fourth with a time of 1:15.60. Bindas placed third in the 100 freestyle. She swam the event in 1:02.68. Spohn and Shaw were third and fourth in the 500 freestyle. Burrell landed another second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay thanks to Flemm, Storch, Opalka and Roach.

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Wrestling: Burrell's ninth win in a row is as sweet as any

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Drew Karpen profiles the Burrell wrestling team. Read his story below.

Usually in the world of sports, an organization can be considered a dynasty if it wins three championships in a five-year span. So what do you call a program that has won nine championships in a row?

There is one word that comes to mind when speaking of the Burrell wrestling program — domination.

The Buccaneers captured their ninth consecutive WPIAL Class AA team tournament title on Saturday at Canon-McMillan High School. They defeated Jefferson-Morgan in the semifinals and McGuffey in the final.

"It feels awesome," Burrell coach Josh Shields said. "This feeling never gets old. Every year it is a different group. It is always good for these kids to come together."

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Girls Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Burrell's Natalie Myers

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Name: Natalie Myers
School: Burrell
Grade: 11
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Myers is part of a Division I 1-2 punch at Burrell (along with Pepperdine recruit Sydney Bordonaro) that has kept the Bucs ranked in the top three in the WPIAL throughout the season. Meyers handles most of the inside traffic for the Burrell defense, while contributing a healthy 18.3 points per game. She has been consistently at that points-per-game average throughout most of the season. Myers committed to play collegiately at Youngstown State.