Baseball: Burrell hoping to return to the postseason

Written by Brad Everett on .

Not since the 1990's had Burrell failed to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, but that's what happened last season when the Bucs came up one win short of the postseason.

If the regular season were to end today, the Bucs would be returning to familiar territory.

Burrell is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Class AA Section 3. The Bucs are tied with Apollo-Ridge for second place. Shady Side Academy sits in first place with a 4-0 mark.

The Bucs have reeled off wins in four of their past five games. They topped Freeport, Summit Academy and Valley before falling to Shady Side Academy, 7-2. The Bucs bounced back with a 10-6 win against Apollo-Ridge last Friday. Tyler Breninghouse was the winning pitcher, while Bob Wenger drove in two runs and Ryan Sowol doubled twice.


Track: Burrell's Scherer enjoys breakout year

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Burrell track standout Nicole Scherer.

"Ni­cole Sch­erer is mak­ing up for lost time in an im­pres­sive fash­ion.

Side­lined for nearly all of her en­tire fresh­man sea­son with leg in­ju­ries, the Bur­rell High School soph­o­more has turned in the top re­ported WPIAL Class AA times in the 100- and 200-me­ter dash this sea­son with stan­dards of 12.2 sec­onds and 25.2 sec­onds, re­spec­tively. Both of those times were recorded last week at a dual meet at Riverview.

"She's just one of those kids who is so very coach­able," Bur­rell track coach Steve White said. "She lis­tens to what you say, and she goes out there and does it."

White re­lies a lot on top as­sis­tant Frank Phelps, who has been a part of Bur­rell track and field for 35 years. His pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is with the Bucs' sprint­ers."



Girls Basketball: Burrell slips up in second round of PIAA playoffs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

With two Division I recruits it should have been a breeze for Burrell to roll through a couple of rounds of the PIAA Class AA playoffs and get both a showdown with WPIAL champion Seton-LaSalle and maybe a rematch with Bishop Canevin, the team that upset the Bucs in the WPIAL semifinals.
Only that didn't happen.

Instead Burrell finished its season at Richland High School with a disappointing, 59-53, loss to Bellwood-Antis, the District 6 runner-up, in the second round of the state tournament.

Though Burrell will have to regroup for next year, the team only loses one of its Division I players as Sydney Bordonaro will head off to Pepperdine, while Natalie Myers will play her senior year with the Bucs before she heads off Youngstown State.


Girls Basketball: Burrell season a sweet surprise

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Burrell girls basketball team.

"Fourth-year Burrell High girls basketball coach Meghan Ziemianski had no idea that her team would approach the success it enjoyed this season.

Despite a tough 59-53 loss to District 6 runner-up Bellwood Antis (26-2) in a PIAA Class AA second-round game, the Bucs closed their season with an impressive 22-5 record.

"We lost three big-time seniors last year," Ziemianski said. "I don't think we expected to do this well with such a young roster.

"Last year, our ninth-graders went undefeated, and our [varsity] team made it to the WPIAL championship game and the semifinals in the state [tournament]. The [younger players] had to get accustomed to it quickly. Now, it's their turn to contribute.""



Girls Basketball: Burrell looks to bounce back

Written by Keith Barnes on .

All season long it appeared Burrell was headed for a WPIAL championship showdown with Seton-LaSalle.

Instead of a meeting in the WPIAL finals at the Petersen Events Center for the two top-ranked Class AA teams for most of the season, the Rebels rolled over section foe Bishop Canevin for the crown while the Bucs, semifinal victim of the Crusaders, had to instead wait patiently at home to find out their opponent in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs.

As it turns out, Burrell (21-4) will take on District 9 champion Karns City (21-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Clarion University.

For the Bucs, 40 points would make all the difference. When they have scored 40 or more points this year, they are 19-0, but when they score under 40, they are just 2-4.