Alumni Update - Admire Carter (Slippery Rock)

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University football student-athletes AdmireCarter SRU Carter and John Schademan were named Tuesday as Division II national Players of the Week by Beyond Sports Network.

Carter, a junior cornerback from Beaver Falls (Beaver Falls H.S.), earned a Defensive Player of the Week honor by intercepting two passes and breaking up a third attempt in last Saturday's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship-game loss at Bloomsburg University.

With his picks last Saturday, Carter moved into a tie with redshirt sophomore free safety Derek Morgan for the team lead in interceptions with three.

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)



Football: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Mike Lyons

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Name: Mike Lyons
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 12
Sport: Football

Background: Beaver Falls is averaging over 39 points and 425 yards per game in offense as the Tigers have remained undefeated this season. While the Tigers have a lot of depth at the skill positions and a lot of weapons, no offense puts up those kinds of numbers without a solid line up front and Beaver Falls has that, too. Senior captain Mike Lyons, 6-foot and 315 pounds, is a three-year starter and was elected team captain, even though he didn't play football until he was a freshman.

Coach Ryan Matsook said: "Mike has come a long way. He's always been a big kid and when I was teaching in the middle school, I kept talking to him about playing football. He finally came out and played for the first time as a freshman. To come from never playing to team captain in a few years is impressive. He's strong and he works hard so some of it is natural ability and a lot of is hard work. You can only go as far as your line can take you and he's a big part of how far we can go."


Football: Inside the Program - Beaver Falls

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In this week's Inside the Program, Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer takes a look at the Beaver Falls football team. Click here to read his story.

2013 0920 BeaverFalls Stratton(Photo: Beaver Falls quarterback Dan Stratton runs for extra yardage in a scrimmage against Mars on Aug. 17. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Standing tall at the top of Class AA, just as it was last year and the year before that, is Aliquippa, the two-time defending WPIAL champion that has not lost to a WPIAL team since 2010. Right behind the Quips is Beaver Falls. Through their first three games, the Tigers are undefeated after outscoring their opponents by a combined 127-16. This marks the fifth time in the past seven seasons that Beaver Falls has gotten off to a 3-0 start under coach Ryan Matsook. Since taking over in 2006, Matsook's record is 63-17.

The Tigers have three players who already have committed to Division I-A colleges. Senior offensive lineman Brock Boxen, at 6 feet 4, 270 pounds, has committed to Akron, as has standout wide receiver/defensive back Elijah Cottrill. Senior running back Sage Curry has committed to West Virginia, where he is expected to play linebacker. That number of Division I-A players on a Class AA team is noteworthy, but Matsook said it's hard to say if this is the most talented team he has coached at Beaver Falls. "When you throw Division I around, you can't lose sight of what Division I is looking for," he said. "The difference in Division I can be an inch or a tenth of a second. That's what separates those kind of kids.""



Former Beaver Falls basketball star Jeter enrolls at junior college in Florida

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Post-Gazette writer Mike White reports that former Beaver Falls basketball star Sheldon Jeter has enrolled at a junior college in Florida. Click here to read the story.

"Sheldon Jeter plans to play Division I basketball again, but not this season.

Jeter, a former star at Beaver Falls High School, is at Polk State College, a junior college in Winter Haven, Fla. Jeter is taking classes at Polk, but will not play basketball this season.

Jeter played at Vanderbilt University in 2012-13 before deciding to transfer. He considered Pitt, but Vanderbilt would not release him to transfer to Pitt. If Jeter had attended Pitt, he would not have received a scholarship and would have had to pay his own way.

Polk coach Matt Furjanic, former coach at Robert Morris, said Jeter has re-opened his recruiting. Furjanic, who has been at Polk for 14 years, said Jeter does not have academic problems, and, if he graduates in the spring from Polk, Jeter can accept a full scholarship to any college, including Pitt. By not playing this season at Polk, Jeter will have three years eligibility remaining. He is permitted to practice at Polk."



Beaver Falls 2013 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Aliquippa isn't the only MAC team with multiple Division I-bound players.

Beaver Falls has three seniors committed to Division I schools -- Brock Boxen (6-3, 260, OT/DT) and Elijah Cottrill (6-2, 180, WR/DB) to Akron, and Sage Curry (6-1, 200, RB/LB) to West Virginia.

Coach Ryan Matsook believes his team has the talent in place to improve on last season's 8-3 finish and challenge Aliquippa for the conference championship.

"Until someone takes [Aliquippa's] crown, they're the favorite," Matsook said. "We feel good about what we have coming back. We think we'll be better than last year."

Cottrill led the Tigers with 26 catches last season and scored nine touchdowns. Curry averaged 38.3 yards on his 14 receptions.

The talent doesn't end there. Leading rusher Damian Rawl (5-9, 180) and quarterback Dan Stratton (6-2, 185), both seniors, also return. Rawl rushed for 1,163 yards. Stratton passed for 1,454 yards and 18 touchdowns.

In addition, the Tigers picked up Freedom transfer Kahlil Caracter (5-8, 170, Sr., RB). Caracter rushed for 280 yards against McGuffey last season and ended the year with 16 touchdowns.

The Tigers lost to South Fayette, 35-21, in last season's WPIAL quarterfinals.