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Track: Burrell tandem look to defend WPIAL titles

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Burrell's Nicole Scherer and Lizzie Weimer will have an opportunity to defend their WPIAL individual titles this week. The pair both won their respective events at the WPIAL AA North Section Qualifier at Shady Side Academy last Thursday.

Scherer took the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.28, bettering her time of 12.33 from the WPIAL championships last year. She also won the 200-meter dash at the qualifier with a time of 24.84.

Scherer also participated on the winning 400 and 1,600-meter relay teams.

The 400 team of Scherer, Anika Ignozzi, Tori Slomka and Nicole Kristof broke the tape in 50.48. The 1,600 team of Megan Sowol, Scherer, Slomka and Ignozzi won with a time of 4:11.72.

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Baseball: East Feature Athlete - Burrell’s Dean Edwards

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Name: Dean Edwards
High School: Burrell
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

Background: Edwards is the pitching ace for a Burrell team that finished in a tie for second in Class AA Section 3 and enters the playoffs with a 10-6 record after winning six of their final seven section games. A junior right-hander, Edwards pitched a complete game and struck out seven to help Burrell clinch a playoff berth with a 5-3 win against Apollo-Ridge on May 2. The Bucs are the No. 11 seed in the playoffs and play No. 6 Keystone Oaks (11-5) today in a first-round game at Fox Chapel. Edwards also helped the Burrell wrestling team win its 10th consecutive WPIAL Class AA title this year.

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Alumni Update - Travis McKillop (Pitt-Johnstown)

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Pitt-Johnstown senior, two-time NCAA Division II National Runner-up Travis McKillop (184 lbs.) was named the 2015-16 PSAC WrestlerMcKillop PJU of the Year, while Head Coach Pat Pecora was tabbed the conference's coach of the year when this season's awards were released by the PSAC Office on Friday.

McKillop, a Burrell graduate, earns the PSAC Wrestler of the Year honor in the same season that he was named the PSAC Championships' Most Outstanding Wrestler. McKillop was the PSAC Champion at 184 lbs., recording a pin just one minute into the championship match.

It was the second PSAC Championship for McKillop. He finished second in region and was the national runner-up, falling to Notre Dame's Joey Davis is two hard-fought contests. Davis finished his career undefeated (131-0) and was named the Division II Wrestler of the Year.

McKillop was 34-2 on the season and earned the NCAA's Most Dominant Wrestler in Division II Award at the conclusion of the national tournament. The Mountain Cats won both the PSAC Dual Meet Championship and the Super Region One Championship this season.

 

(photo courtesy of Pitt-Johnstown University)

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Girls Basketball: Burrell girls prove resiliency and more in another strong season

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Burrell girls basketball team.

2017 0318 Burrell GBasketball(Photo: Burrell forward Natalie Myers gets a shot up in a January game against East Allegheny. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"After a stunningly early exit from the WPIAL tournament, the Burrell girls basketball team could have essentially called it a season.

And really, the Bucs could've done the same thing after losing to Neshannock in the WPIAL fifth-place game for seeding in the PIAA tournament.

Instead, they decided to go on a run in the state playoffs, be one of the final two Class AA teams standing from the WPIAL and even prove they were a championship-caliber team all along.

Burrell's surge ended last Friday with a 47-41 loss to North Star in the PIAA quarterfinals, but that defeat can't tell the story of the Bucs' season – one that included another Class AA Section 2 title and a PIAA second-round victory against WPIAL champ Bishop Canevin. Even after losing first-team all-state guard Sydney Bordonaro to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., the Bucs made some waves of their own."

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Girls Basketball: Burrell advances after finishing strong

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Burrell girls basketball team posted a win in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs Friday night. The Bucs (20-7) defeated Harbor Creek (18-8), 48-37, at Erie's Prep-Villa Events Center.

The game was close up until the last quarter. The Bucs led, 28-26, entering the fourth quarter, and went on to score the next 10 points.

Natalie Myers scored 17 points for the Bucs, nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. Eliza Oswalt tallied 13 points, while teammate Nicole Kristoff led with seven rebounds.

Laurel Prokopchak led Harbor Creek with 13 points.