John D' Abruzzo's feature on the Beaver Area boys' basketball team:
"A new precedent was set last year for the Beaver Area boys basketball program.
After struggling for more than a decade, the Bobcats qualified for the playoffs and posted their first winning record since 1998. After a 7-5 showing in Section 2-AAA, Beaver made it as far as the WPIAL semifinals and advanced to the second round of the PIAA tournament before finishing last season with a 19-8 overall record.
"[This season] we knew we had guys coming back who could play," third-year coach Andy Podbielski said. "We knew we would be able to compete and we knew we had guys who play with pride.
"Having those type of expectations are awfully high, but our guys got a taste for success last season and were ready to do it again this year.""