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Steven Dietz | Trib Total Media
Burrell's Sydney Bordonaro dishes off the ball to Kiski Area's Mike Simmon's during the Cager Classic Skills Competition at Highlands High School on Friday March 27th 2015.

If you’re a girls high school basketball fan, these are the good old days.

Three WPIAL players eclipsed the 2,000-career point mark this season: Chassidy Omogrosso of Blackhawk, Sammie Weiss of McGuffey and Brenna Wise of Vincentian.

Former Mt. Lebanon standout Madison Cable made the winning shot for Notre Dame on Sunday night to win the national semifinal against South Carolina.

Wise and Seton-La Salle’s Cassidy Walsh are headed to Pitt where coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has seemingly built an ACC contender almost overnight.

Falling short of 2,000 was Burrell’s Sydney Bordonaro with 1,754 points, but the Bucs senior had a spectacular career that included three consecutive PIAA playoff appearances.

Bordonaro played her last game in the Alle-Kiski Valley on March 28, and she was named East MVP for the Cager Classic at Highlands.

Now, it’s on to next week’s Roundball Classic at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and, perhaps, another all-star game before becoming a member of Burrell’s 50th graduating class June 1.

Bordonaro has said in multiple interviews she wants to be known as someone who has “outworked everybody.” That’s been proven true by her showing up at school before sunrise and getting a custodian to let her into the gym so she can work on her game before classes started, often with teammate Natalie Myers.

Even in the depths of winter, there wasn’t a two-hour delay for Bordonaro. She got a two-hour head start on everybody else.

Bordonaro will soon head westward after earning a scholarship to Pepperdine.

There’s nothing like looking out of your dorm window in the morning and seeing the Pacific Ocean.

Pepperdine was the fictitious “Malibu U” in all those early 1960s beach movies starring the late Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Troy Donahue and others.

Couple that with the TV networks starting to show college and pro football games from California in early winter where the players and coaches would be in short sleeves, while the bulk of the nation was freezing.

It’s no wonder the population of California grew from 15.7 million in 1960 to 19.6 million in 1970 when it became the nation’s most populous state.

Leechburg football alumni

The Leechburg Football Alumni Association will host a golf outing social June 5 at The Links at Spring Church.

The outing is open to any alumni and friends of alumni.

Registration and happy hour begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Cost is $75 per golfer and $25 for non-golfers.

Proceeds benefit the Leechburg scholar/athlete program.

For more information, contact Frank Diani at [email protected] for an application.

Minor pro football hall

The 35th induction ceremony for the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame will be at 11 a.m. April 25 at Senator John Heinz History Center.

Minor league football was big in the Pittsburgh region and beyond, especially before the National Football League expansion of teams and rosters. There was plenty of talent to go around; athletes who fell just short of pro caliber.

This year’s inductees include Dave “Rooster” Fleming, Perry Jeter, official Denny Lauria, Willie Smith and the seven Nesser brothers (Ted, John, Frank, Fred, Phil, Ray and Al), who played in the NFL from 1920-28.

Coaching inductees include Art Bernardi, Chuck Klausing, Pat Tarquinio and Don Yannessa from the WPIAL and John L. Magistro from Westerville, Ohio.

A reception and buffet luncheon will be held at 2:15 p.m. at Rivers Casino.

Tickets are $34 per person. Payments can be made by check to Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame and sent to MPFHOF, c/o Tom Averill, 100 Highland Pines Court No. 32, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237.

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