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Track: Beaver Falls sprinter wins three golds at Beaver County Invitational

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Beaver Falls junior Domenic Peretta is one of the state's top runners.

A PIAA qualifier a year ago, Peretta already looks to be in championship form as he won three running events at the Beaver County Invitational last weekend at Riverside High School.

Peretta won the 400, 800 and 1,600-meter runs with times of 50.94, 1:56.90 and 4:19, respectively.

Anthony Hill of Ambridge was the closest competitor to stealing a victory from Peretta, finishing second in the 400 with a mark of 51.54 seconds.

 

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Track: Beaver Falls standout stays on the run

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Justin Criado profiles Beaver Falls track standout Dom Perretta.

2015 0410 BeaverFalls BTrack(Photo: Dom Perretta of Beaver Falls, a reigning WPIAL and PIAA champion, has his sights set on state records this season. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)

"Domenic Perretta loves to run.

Beaver Falls head track coach St. Clair Williams said even after practice or mandatory workouts he can be seen running throughout the Beaver County community much like Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump character, who decided one day he just wanted to run and didn't stop for more than three years in the 1994 hit film.

"I go to practice the next day or after the weekend and guys will tell me they seen him running later on in the day," Williams said. "We actually have to get on him to stop."

OK, so Perretta might not run 19,000-plus miles at one time like the mythical Gump did, but the speedy junior is the reigning WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champ in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, and has his sights set on state records this year."

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Dom Perretta

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Name: Dom Perretta
School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 11
Sport: Track

Background: Perretta is the reigning WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion in both the 800 and 1600-meter run, and is the favorite this year in each event. Perretta will also try his luck in the 400 meter and a relay, according to Beaver Falls head coach St. Clair Williams.

Coach St. Clair Williams said: "He's definitely the first athlete that I've been blessed to coach of his caliber."

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Cordell Cummings

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Name: Cordell Cummings
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball

Background: A 1,000-yard rusher in football, Cummings has shifted his focus to football. He is off to a fast start, pitching a complete game in his first start for the Tigers baseball team, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in a 6-1 win over South Side, a playoff team a year ago. A centerfielder when he is not pitching, Cummings also had three hits in the game and is one of the reasons that Beaver Falls is off to a 3-0 start this season.

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls sets sights on next season

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Beaver Falls reached the WPIAL final this season but lost to Indiana in the last 1.5 seconds. The PIAA playoffs also ended in disappointing fashion when the Tigers fell to Mars 69-66 last week.

However, Beaver Falls fans left the fieldhouse at Ambridge knowing there is still plenty of great basketball ahead for them. The Tigers started a pair of sophomore 6-5 inside powers in Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach and the point guard is freshman Torian Leak. The Tigers also used a variety of freshmen and sophomores off the bench and has another highly regarded group of eight graders that will be freshmen next year.

Another factor this season that will be less of one next year is the effect of Class AAA. Beaver Falls is a Class AA school choosing to play up in Class AAA so there were a lot of new experiences this season that will become standard operating procedure over the next few years. Head coach Doug Biega has always used his non-section games to prepare for the playoffs so that part of the schedule will be adjusted as well.