Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls and New Castle meet again

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It technically would be wrong to say that fans have been looking forward to tonight's game between Beaver Falls and New Castle at 7 p.m. at North Allegheny for a long time. The fact is that fans have looked forward to every game between the two traditional powers since they ended up in the same section last year. This one is no exception.

Most fans expected the rematch to come in the WPIAL final but New Castle was upset by Highlands in the semifinals.

This time, there is even more at stake – the winner stays alive in the hunt for a PIAA Class AAA title and will play the winner of the Bishop McDevitt-Archbishop Carroll game on Friday.

Meanwhile, the season is over for the loser.


Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls wins title, but it's far from over

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Brian Batko profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

2016 0304 BeaverFalls BBasketball(Photo: Beaver Falls' P.J. Solomon lifts the trophy next to teammate Tomas Johnson after defeating Highlands Friday in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Ahead by 13 with a transition opportunity and 1:30 to play, Josh Creach ran down the left side of the court, pointing up for a lob pass. Torian Leak tossed it, Highlands stole it and converted an easy layup to cut Beaver Falls' lead to 11.

It's plays like that one that remind Doug Biega just how young his Beaver Falls team is — and reinforces just how special it was for his precocious Tigers to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship last Friday night with a 55-46 victory against Highlands at Petersen Events Center.

"These guys are young and they are an impressive young group of men," Biega said after the game. "Next year, Torian won't throw that ball, and if he does, he'll throw it better and Josh will get it and dunk it, hopefully."

That turnover notwithstanding, Beaver Falls, as Biega put it, "hung some felt" last Friday."


Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls’ Creach stepping into the spotlight

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While the maturation of Beaver Falls' guards deserves a lot of credit for the Tigers' march to their 10th WPIAL title, junior big man Josh Creach has been there the whole way, allowing the guards to mature.

While three of the basketball team's starters rounded into basketball shape and got over the bumps and bruises incurred in a playoff run, Creach was there to provide scoring and rebounding. Now that the entire team is all on the same page, Creach has taken advantage of the support.

In the last three games of the WPIAL playoffs, including the 56-45 win over Highlands at the Petersen Events Center Saturday in the title game, Creach averaged over 23 points and 17 rebounds per game.

With the guards playing with confidence now and fellow big man Donovan Jeter playing well, Creach gives Beaver Falls a chance for a long run to the PIAA title.


Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Logan Minto

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Name: Logan Minto
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Beaver Falls sprint freestyler Logan Minto could be state bound in both her events this season from the WPIAL swimming championships. Last season Minto got onto the podium and headed to states in the 50 freestyle when she took sixth place with a time of 25 flat. She finished 12th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.67. This year as a senior Minto has a chance to top both those finishes. She is the fifth seed in the 50 freestyle (25.13) and she is the seventh seed in the 100 freestyle (55.51). Her seed time in the 100 freestyle is already faster than her time at WPIALs in the final heat last year. Both of the events should be among the fastest at the event as they feature Taylor Petrak of Ellwood City and Emily Zimcosky of Geibel Catholic.



Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls guards maturing

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At the beginning of the season, every basketball fan knew that Beaver Falls would be strong inside with Josh Creach and Donovan Jeter. But every preseason mention of the Tigers also mentioned that their guards were young – all were either sophomores or juniors with limited experience.

But 21 wins later, the guards don't deserve to be called young anymore, even though they are still sophomores and juniors. This week alone, junior Bryce Strati scored a total of 40 points in two playoff wins.

The maturation process was especially evident when the Tigers played West Mifflin in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals. West Mifflin's chaotic, fast-paced style would have tied up the Beaver Falls guards in November but the Tigers built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never gave it up despite both big men sitting out the second quarter with foul trouble.

Strati scored 17 of his 25 points in that first half and sophomore point guard Torian Leak kept the game under control throughout, while scoring 11. Beaver Falls showed depth beyond those two as well, playing some players in the second quarter who typically played in JV games, yet the lead was maintained.