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Hockey: Beaver holding its own in Division 1A

Written by Keith Barnes on .

After winning the Division 2 championship last season, Beaver was in a quandary of whether or not to stay and defend its title or move up and take it chances in 1A.

In the end the Bobcats made the move and, so far, it hasn't been a bad one.

Though four games, Beaver (2-2-0) is right in the middle of the pack in the West Division and only two points behind leaders Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette and have at least one game –in-hand on each. The Bobcats have both scored and allowed 15 goals and have been in every game they played.

While Beaver has gotten something of a handle on things, Montour (2-3-0) is having problems in close games. The Spartans lost to Chartiers Valley, 4-2, on a pair of third-period goals and let a one-goal third-period lead against South Fayette slip away into a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lions.

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Boys Soccer: Beaver a surprise team in the PIAA playoffs

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Entering the WPIAL playoffs, the seeding committee didn't expect Beaver to be around too long – the Bobcats were assigned the 14th seed in Class 2A. Having finished the season with a 7-9-1 record, that didn't seem to be an outrageous statement.

However, the Bobcats used the postseason to show how much they gained in playing a very difficult non-section regular-season schedule. Of Beaver's seven non-section opponents, all seven made the WPIAL playoffs. Three are still playing in the PIAA playoffs, two others reached the WPIAL semifinals and lost in the consolation game, and another made it to the quarterfinals. Only one opponent lost its first playoff game. In addition, the section was tough as it included WPIAL champion Quaker Valley.

In the 2-1 victory over top-seeded South Park in the third-place consolation game, Frank Sestito scored both goals and that marked the fifth straight game that Beaver scored two or more goals – an impressive feat in the playoffs. The Bobcats now face Everett today in a PIAA first-round game at Northern Bedford. Everett is 14-1-1, having suffered its first loss to Bald Eagle in the playoffs.

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Cross Country: Beaver girls place 18th at PIAA meet

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The Beaver Area girls finished in 18th place in Class 3A competition at the PIAA championships Saturday.

Sophomore Emily Brown led the way for the Bobcats in 30th place with a time of 20:48. Sophomore Rachel Quillin grabbed 69th place, crossing the line in 21:43. Junior Kelsey Jenkins crossed the line in 75th place with a time of 21:50.

Seniors Katia Kaffenes and Sophia Albanese finished within nine seconds of each other for 90th and 95th place, respectively. Senior Mary Grabowski took 122nd place, while Olivia Neeley grabbed 124th place.

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Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Sydni Davis

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Name: Sydni Davis
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Davis was the No. 3 singles player for the Bobcats this season and is unranked locally and regionally. She teamed with sophomore Devyn Campbell to finish third in the WPIAL 2A doubles championships and will compete in the PIAA tournament, which opens Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. Davis has not previously played in the state tournament, but Campbell teamed with Moriah Bridges to qualify for the PIAA doubles finals a year ago and making it into the quarterfinals. Davis and Campbell will play District 2 champions Gabriela Jakubek and Tatiana Klacko of Scranton Prep in the first round.

 

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Football: Beaver goes from first to done

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Beaver had reached the top spot in some statewide polls after eight weeks – stopping Aliquippa's winning streak and also defeating eventual WPIAL playoff teams Mount Pleasant and Keystone Oaks. However, the Bobcats fell not only from the top spot but out of the WPIAL playoffs with a 20-15 home loss to Beaver Falls. There will undoubtedly be some arguments about who the last team was that was this good and missed the playoffs, but most agree it dates back to the early 1970s.

Beaver coach Jeff Beltz, though, handled the disappointment - and perceived slight by the WPIAL playoff structure - as professionally as anyone could have imagined. His approach allowed his team to learn a life lesson that put the emphasis on student in student-athlete. That is something that will be noticed if Beltz ever decides to hang up his whistle and move on to administration full time. He has been working on his doctorate but has still found himself on the sideline every year since taking over for Pat Tarquinio, whose name is now on Beaver's stadium.