Alumni Update - Travis McKillop (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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)


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.

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"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."


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.


Alumni Update - Kelsey Oddis (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESSON, Pa. -  Sophomore Kelsey Oddis, a Burrell graduate, registered a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Pitt-Oddis PGUGreensburg, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats fell to Penn State Behrend, 60-50, in the regular-season finale for both teams.  

With the setback, Pitt-Greensburg falls to 10-15 overall and 8-10 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Photo Journal: Burrell wins WPIAL Class AA title, fell in PIAA quarterfinals

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

Enjoy some photos of the 2016 Wrestling Class AA WPIAL Championships - Burrell vs. Freedom Area. Burrell ends its season today after losing to Boiling Springs in the PIAA quarterfinals. These photos were taken alongside video clips; you can view the video clips by clicking here.) All photos and video clips in this post were taken on February 6, 2016 as the Bucs defeated Freedom 48-17 at Chartiers Houston.

Please note that photographs are not present for the 126- and 138- pound bouts.

106 - Zachary Ward, Freedom dec. Bryan Gaul, 10-6.

113 - Danny McCarthy, Burrell pinned Gordon Kalamasz, 3:52.

120 - Jacob Pail, Freedom dec. Trent Bechtold, 4-3.

132 - Ethan Awes, Burrell tech. fall Brett Johnston, 15-0, 4:35.

145 - Corey Christie, Burrell pinned Ian Moran, 0:23.

152 - Damon Greenwald dec. Kody Komara, 13-7.

160 - Shaun Gates, Burrell pinned Levi Bonzo, 3:32.

170 - Anthony Marra, Burrell dec. Dean Ward, 9-1.

182 - Bryson Miller, Freedom pinned Nico Barone, 1:02.

195 - Alex Bellinotti, Burrell dec. Randy Simmons, 3-0.

220 - Robert Scherer, Burrell pinned Nicholas Wolfe, 0:49.

285 - Alex Moses, Burrell dec. Evan Sweesy, 3-1.