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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.

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Football: Beaver Falls trying to get in right state of mind for WPIAL playoffs

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver Falls football team.

"Beaver Falls had a week to get the heartache of an emotional regular season-ending loss to Aliquippa out of its system before the WPIAL Class AA playoffs opened last Friday.

And it nearly wasn't enough time.

Not only was the team still dragging around baggage from that 44-21 loss to the Quips, it affected the No. 4 seed Tigers' preparation for their postseason matchup with No. 13 Apollo-Ridge — and it nearly cost them as the Vikings pushed them to the brink of elimination before Derrell Carter scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 3½ seconds left to pull out a 33-29 victory.

"There's a lot of juniors and sophomores with a few seniors, and, if they haven't learned by now and have an understanding of how you need to prepare because this is a playoff atmosphere, only your best is going to suffice," coach Ryan Matsook said. "We've got to learn that lesson in a win and hopefully we'll move on with a better mindset.""