• Burrell HS football player remembered during season opener

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    NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. - A Burrell football player who died earlier this summer was honored by his teammates and their opponents during Friday night’s game.

    Burrell and Valley opened the high school football season by remembering Noah Cornuet, 16, who died in August after collapsing during football practice. A rare heart tumor caused his death.

    On Friday, balloons were released into the sky above Valley Memorial Stadium by Burrell and Valley players. The players also shared handshakes and hugs during the touching tribute to Cornuet.

    “I know his teammates are going to be playing this season for him,” said Coach Rudy, who coached Cornuet through junior high.

    Cornuet’s parents were in attendance.

    “I thought it was a touching tribute and I know his parents and his brother appreciate it, and his teammates did too. He was a good kid,” said Coach Rudy. “He was a fun, joking around kind of kid. Always smiling.”

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