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Boys Basketball: Lofty goals set for Beaver Falls

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Joe Koch profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

"The one quality that Doug Biega doesn't lack is confidence.

His Beaver Falls High School boys basketball team showed plenty of that as his Tigers -- ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette's Class AAA preseason basketball rankings -- defeated No. 1 Ambridge Area, 63-56, in the Class AAA, Section 2 opener for both teams this past Friday.

"We always expect to win the WPIAL and [PIAA] championships," Biega said as his 4-0 Tigers prepared for a game Tuesday against visiting Blackhawk. "There's so much we need to improve on, but I'm happy with where we are right now."

That sentiment especially applies to an offense that is averaging 70 points a game and features four players scoring in double figures."

 

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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: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: One of the best-known basketball powers around, Beaver Falls got fans' attention this past off-season when the Tigers chose to play up in Class AAA, after years of domination in Class AA. Part of making that transition easier is that Beaver Falls has a pair of 6-foot-6 sophomores in Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach. Creach has stepped into the limelight early this season, averaging over 20 points in Beaver Falls' first four games, all wins. He was especially dominant against Mohawk, scoring 34 points and missing just two shots all game – one from the floor and one from the charity stripe.

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls says goodbye to Class AA

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Beaver Falls, one of the biggest names in Class AA basketball for a generation, chose to play up in class this season and will provide one of the most-watched sections in the WPIAL. The Tigers will compete in Section 2-AAA with defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Central Valley and defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA champion New Castle, along with perennial powers Blackhawk and Ambridge.

The Tigers will start that endeavor Friday with a trip to Ambridge but, before starting, they made a quick farewell tour of Class AA – beating Laurel, Union, and Mohawk by an average of 24 points. The closest margin was 21 over a highly rated Laurel team.

Three returning starters led the way in a sweep at the Ellwood City Tournament over the weekend. Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach, a pair of 6-5 sophomores, scored 34 and 32 points respectively while senior Javon Turner was the leading scorer with 36 points. Senior Zach Duffy added 21 points to provide even more balance – balance that will be extremely valuable in Class AAA.

 

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Cross Country: Beaver Falls junior claims WPIAL title

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Joe Koch profiles Beaver Falls cross country standout Dominic Peretta.

2014 1030 BeaverFalls BCrossCountry(Photo: Beaver Falls' Dominic Peretta wins the WPIAL Class A cross country championship at Cooper's Lake Campground. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Dominic Peretta was content to sit back and let the front-runners dictate the pace as the WPIAL Class A Boys Cross Country Championship race broke from the starting line at Cooper's Lake Campground last Thursday in Butler County.

But that patience didn't last long.

"I took control early, but I didn't really want to," said Peretta, a junior who won the 2014 Class AA 800- and 1,600-meter track championships last spring at Shippensburg University.

"After a long downhill, no one was pushing and I wasn't going to let everyone pass me, so I kept pushing and moving forward," said Peretta, who completed the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 29 seconds, eight seconds ahead of Cody Divecchio, a Burgettstown junior. "I took control about 2 miles in. That's when I actually like to take care of a race. But if it's before 2 miles, I don't like to lead a race. I like it when someone is pushing me. On the way up the hill the second time, that's when I wanted to take it home.""

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Cross Country: Beaver Falls' Perretta earns Freedom Invitational title

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Beaver Falls' Dom Perretta won golden at the Freedom Invitational on Wednesday.

Perretta defeated Sewickley Academy's Griffin Mackey by 14 seconds with a time of 16:56. Burgettstown's Cody Divecchio also represented the West zone by finishing in third place in 17 minutes, 11 seconds.

It was Hopewell who performed well as a team. The Vikings finished in second behind Avonworth, 72-100.

Gregory Nero was the first Hopewell runner to cross the line, finishing in 10th place. Teammate Clark Cicone was close behind him in 13th place.