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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Josh Creach

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Name: Josh Creach
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: As the season hits its peak and Beaver Falls is striving for a share of the section lead, 6-foot-7 junior Josh Creach is coming into his own. In his last three games before Saturday, he scored just 29 points (but grabbed 20 rebounds), scored 30 and had 13 rebounds, and scored 32. Saturday, he played sparingly as the Tigers strolled to a 70-14 win, but still had time to score his 1,000th point. He has added to his repertoire in recent weeks, controlling the paint and still stepping out to hit a three.

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Basketball: Bigger things in store for Beaver Falls grad

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Joe Bendel profiles Beaver Falls graduate Elijah Cottrill, who is now a basketball player at Polk College.

"Coaches rarely acknowledge that a player is irreplaceable. At least not publicly.

Polk State College veteran Matt Furjanic, however, eschewed the practice in discussing sophomore point guard Elijah Cottrill.

"He's like my Ben Roethlisberger; I can't afford to lose him," Furjanic said of Cottrill, a former two-sport star at Beaver Falls High School. "They always say, 'Next man up.' Well, it would take more than just the next man if we lost Elijah."

A combo-guard as a freshman, Cottrill asked to play exclusively at the point this season for Polk State, a junior college headquartered in Winter Haven, Fla."

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Boys Basketball: Loss in championship fuels Beaver Falls

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Drew Karpen profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

"Not often does the No. 1 team have a chip on its shoulder. But that is exactly the case for the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

The Tigers came into the season ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, but are coming off a season when they lost in the WPIAL championship to Indiana.

"I thought Indiana was underrated last year," Tigers coach Doug Biega said, who is in his 17th season. "Most people picked us because of our name."

With all their key players returning, the Tigers entered the season as the team to beat and have handled the pressure on the court to a 7-0 start, 3-0 in Section 2. They played Central Valley at home to conclude their schedule before the holiday break."

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter

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Name: Donovan Jeter
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Donovan Jeter is one of the most highly recruited football players in the area. As a defensive lineman, Jeter has few peers but he was noticed first on the basketball court when he started for Beaver Falls as a freshman. Plus, his older brother, Sheldon, plays for Pitt. At 6-foot-5, Jeter is a presence inside but also has the touch to hit a three-pointer. He opened the season with limited action as Beaver Falls tripled Union in the opener (78-26) but came back with 20 points in a 78-45 win over Ellwood City. As he shifts more fully to basketball, his numbers will get better and better.