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Boys Basketball: It's a 'Sweet 16' for Beaver Falls

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Any fan who remembers the Pittsburgh Pirates' long 20-year losing streak understands the significance of a streak.

For Beaver Falls boys basketball fans, though, the streak is anything but negative.

In fact, it's one of the most impressive streaks in WPIAL basketball history that the Tigers will be making their 16th straight appearance in the PIAA playoffs Saturday when they travel to Hollidaysburg to play Martinsburg Central.

Of all the teams in the state, Martinsburg Central is relatively well known to Beaver Falls fans. The Dragons were Beaver Falls' football opponent this season as the Tigers won a state title and were an opponent for the basketball team three years ago when this year's seniors were freshmen. Beaver Falls won that meeting, 56-44.

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Football: Beaver Falls quarterback French commits to Allegheny

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As Beaver Falls’ Austin French entrenched himself into the recruiting process, the one thing he knew was that he would be making his decision as a defending WPIAL and PIAA champion.

 

And now he knows he will be taking that championship mentality to Allegheny College. French committed to the Gators -- who compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) at the Division III level -- on March 1.

 

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior quarterback threw for 956 yards and 12 touchdowns, in leading the Tigers to a historic season.

 

French was named honorable mention in the Beaver Valley Conference and as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Silver all-academic team.


Other offers included John Carroll University, Baldwin Wallace University, Westminster College and Juniata College.

 

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Alumni Update - Sheldon Jeter (Pittsburgh)

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PITTSBURGH -- Sporting #PittRetro jerseys and in front of a raucous Oakland Zoo, the Pitt men's basketballJeter Pitt team delivered one of its best performances of the season in an 80-66 win over No. 17 Florida State Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Sheldon Jeter scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the opening eight minutes of action to set the tone for the Panthers.

The Beaver Falls graduate went on to score a career-high 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the field, including a career-best 4-of-5 from three-point range.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Bryce Strati

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Name: Bryce Strati
School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: After winning the WPIAL Class 3A title starting all underclassmen last year, expectations were high this year. However, football season extended late because the Tigers won the PIAA title and Donovan Jeter opted to graduate early and get started on his football career at Michigan. As a result, the Tigers did not hit the ground running but put together a five-game winning streak before losing at New Castle. The streak has coincided with improved outside shooting by Bryce Strati, which has forced defenses to play 6-8 Josh Creach more honestly.

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Boys Basketball: Longtime Beaver Falls coach to retire

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Mike White reports that Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega will retire at the end of this season.

"Since Doug Biega became the boys basketball coach at Beaver Falls High School in 1999, he is practically unmatched in the WPIAL in terms of wins. But Biega's chances to win more games are numbered.

Retirement beckons.

Biega, one of the most successful coaches in the WPIAL the past two decades, confirmed Thursday morning that he will retire at the end of the season. He gave Beaver Falls athletic director Jim Carbone a letter Tuesday informing him of the decision.

Biega has won four WPIAL championships and two PIAA titles in his career. His record is 378-115, close to an .800 winning percentage. The only WPIAL coach who has won more games during Biega's 18 years is Chartiers Valley's Tim McConnell."