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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls has handled lots of adversity

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"Every team enters the season with different expectations and exits the season satisfied or dissatisfied with their results.

For Beaver Falls, anything short of a championship would be short of their expectations. The Tigers are the two-time defending WPIAL Class AA champion and defending PIAA champion.

But this season's edition was an entirely new team after losing 11 lettermen the past two years. But popular perception was that as long as the Tigers had all-state performer Elijah Cottrill back, they would be on their way.

Well ... it seemed that way until a season-ending knee injury to their star player seven games into the season."

 

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Alumni Update - Jasmine Campbell (Saint Francis)

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GENEVA, OHIO – The Saint Francis women's track and field team had several topCampbell SFU ten finishes at the Spire Midwest Open. They will now begin their preparation for the Northeast Conference track and field championships Feb. 8 and 9 at the PG County Sports Complex in Landover, M.D.


The Beaver Falls graduate, Jasmine Campbell,  took fourth place in the triple jump (36' 7.5") and sixth in the long jump (17' 7"). Campbell notched two top ten finishes as she continues to have an impressive indoor track season.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter

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Name: Donovan Jeter
School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Basketball

Background info: Freshmen aren't typically counted on heavily by defending WPIAL and PIAA champions, but there is little typical about Donovan Jeter. The younger brother of former BF star Sheldon Jeter, who is sitting out this year at Pitt after transferring from Vanderbilt, started the season slowly but has been coming on strong in the new year. As the Tigers adjust to playing without injured senior star Elijah Cottrill, Jeter has been a bigger and bigger part of Beaver Falls' game. The 6-foot-5 Jeter has scored in double digits in eight of the games in January, with a high of 31 points against Riverside.

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls without Cottrill

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Last season, Beaver Falls won the WPIAL and PIAA titles with then-junior Elijah Cottrill leading the way along with Drew Cook. Cook graduated and Cottrill was set to take the reins. He did so, averaging 15 1/2 points in the first four games but has been sitting since because of a suspension.

Beaver Falls has noticed his absence now, winning just three of five, but this gray cloud could still end up with a silver lining. With Cottrill out, a trio of freshmen – Donovan Jeter, Josh Creach and Neshaud Akins – have seen more time than normally would have been expected.

The trio has combined to score 102 points, not an overwhelming number by normal standards, but an imposing total for freshmen on a defending state champion. It's not just the freshmen who have filled the void, either. In Cottrill's absence, five other players have scored in double figures – Dan Stratton, Branden Thomas, Keyan Gibson, Javon Turner, and Creach.

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Boys Basketball: No surprise, Beaver Falls sprints to fast start

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2013 1219 BeaverFalls BBasketball(Photo: Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill goes up for a basket as Holy Cross' Josh Kosin defends during last season's PIAA Class AA championship game at Giant Center in Hershey. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Grinding through a lengthy, challenging basketball season is nothing new for the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

A perennial Class AA basketball power, the Tigers seem to do their best prowling in the playoffs. They enter this season as two-time WPIAL title winners as well as the defending PIAA champs.

Still, Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega knows that his team hasn't earned anything yet this season and will need to put in a lot of work in order to have his team ready come playoff time.

"We have to stay healthy and get better every day," said Biega, who was named Pennsylvania's Class AA coach of the year last season by the Associated Press. "Whether it's while we're stretching before practice or before a game, we're always talking about getting better.""