(Photo: Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill steals the ball from Holy Cross' Kerry Kearney in the second half of PIAA AA Boys basketball champion game at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Photo by Lake Fong/Post-Gazette.)
Brad Everett details Beaver Falls' trip to the state championship basketball game:
"The last three times Beaver Falls played for a PIAA championship, the Tigers were led by a player with the last name of Jeter who eventually went on to play Division I basketball at a school in a major conference.
Coach Doug Biega doesn't have a Jeter on his roster this season -- and perhaps not a top-of-the-line college prospect -- but this Beaver Falls team might be just as good as its predecessors.
At the beginning of the season, a trip to the PIAA finals might have appeared to be a long shot for Beaver Falls, which graduated six of its top eight players from last year's team. But the Tigers (27-3) have rebuilt quickly and will take on Holy Cross (27-5) in the Class AA championship game Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey."
(Photo: Beaver Falls' Drew Cook is the Tigers second-leading scorer with 15.7 points per game. The Tigers are playing in a second consecutive PIAA Class AA title game.)
Brad Everett's recap of Beaver Falls' semifinal win:
"SHARON, Pa. -- The Beaver Falls Tigers had chocolate on their minds.
It only made sense that some M&M's satisfied their sweet tooth.
Mason and Miller were the story for Beaver Falls, as Micoy Mason and Zachary Miller came off the bench to provide a huge spark in the second half and lead the Tigers to Hershey, Pa., after a 59-47 win against West Middlesex Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AA semifinal at Sharon High School.
Beaver Falls (27-3), the PIAA runner-up a season ago, advances to take on District 2 champion Holy Cross (27-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Giant Center. Holy Cross defeated Camp Hill Trinity, 53-39, in another semifinal."
Name: Elijah Cottrill
High School: Beaver Falls
Brad Everett's recap of the Beaver Falls/Lakeview game:
"EDINBORO, Pa. -- Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega -- who is Italian -- sported a bright-green tie in honor of St. Patrick's Day for his team's game Saturday at Edinboro University. But the Tigers didn't need the luck of the Irish to advance to the PIAA semifinals. They simply relied on the skill on their guards.
Drew Cook and Elijah Cottrill combined for 33 points, and Beaver Falls fought off scrappy Lakeview, 56-44, in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal at McComb Fieldhouse."