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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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."