Girls Basketball: Burrell's season comes to an end

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

After being blown out by Seton-LaSalle in the WPIAL finals, Burrell earned a second shot at the Rebels in the PIAA semifinals. And while the Buccaneers made the game far more competitive the second time out, the final result was just the same.

Seton-LaSalle ended the Bucs season, 48-37, before moving on to win the Class AA PIAA final days later.

Burrell ends the season at 28-2, with both losses coming to Seton-LaSalle. It is the best record in the history of the program.

A trio of senior starters in Jaila Manga, Kelsey Oddis and Jessica Cercone will graduate from the team, while leading scorer Sydney Bordonaro and Natalie Myers will return.


Wrestling: Longtime Burrell coach presented with Nellis Award

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles former Burrell wrestling coach Jim Shields.

"Working in the construction field, it's no surprise that Jim Shields is a hands-on person.

He's willing to do what it takes to get a job done.

Shields used the same approach when raising his three sons. When his oldest son, Jared, showed an interest in wrestling, he did much more than just support his son's decision. He became a coach.

"When Jared was 5 years old, he came home from school with a flier about Burrell's youth wrestling program," said Shields, who wrestled during his senior year at Kiski Area in 1975."



Girls Basketball: Burrell battled to the finish in semifinal loss

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan's feature on the Burrell girls basketball team.

"The Burrell girls basketball team and its coaches were emotional at the conclusion of Tuesday night's PIAA Class AA semifinal against Seton-LaSalle.

Not so much because Burrell lost, 48-37, but moreso because the loss was the last time this group of Bucs would play together.

"It's not that we lost to that team, because you can't be upset with what we did," Burrell coach Meghan Ziemianski said. "The girls are just upset because of the finality of it all."

The loss ended the best season in the history of the program.

Burrell (28-2) went through the regular season undefeated, the only WPIAL girls basketball team to accomplish the feat."



Alumni Update - Travis McKillop (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


Three-time All-American Travis McKillop (184 lbs.) and 2013 All-American Dave Cawley (141 lbs.),McKillop Pitt-Johnstown were both named 2013-14 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II All-Academic Wrestling First-Team.

McKillop, a three-time All-American on the mat a Burrell graduate, has a 3.12 GPA in Biology.  McKillop placed seventh at the National Tournament in 2012 as a true freshman, before posting a 33-2 overall record in 2012-13 and finishing third at nationals.

In 2014, McKillop was the National Runner-up at 184 lbs.  He finished his junior season with a 27-5 overall record.



(photo courtesy of Pitt-Johnstown University)