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

Written by Keith Barnes on .

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.""


Cross Country: Beaver Falls' Perretta shines again at PIAA championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Dom Perretta had another strong performance at the PIAA championships on Saturday.

The senior finished his high school career with a fifth-place finish in Class A competition. He crossed the line in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. This was two seconds slower than last year. However, he was able to move up in the standings by two places.

Perretta was fresh off a win at the WPIAL championships in October.


Cross Country: Beaver Falls runner gets plenty of congratulations

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Beaver Falls runner Dom Perretta.

"Moments after crossing the finish line at the WPIAL Class A cross country championships Saturday at Cooper's Lake, Dom Peretta turned to face the runners he left behind after he won the 3.1-mile race with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds, his second title in a row.

He tried to congratulate as many runners in the nearly 200-runner field before he answered questions about a solid performance that earned him a 13-second victory over runner-up Griffin Mackey of team-champion Sewickley Academy.

"I definitely like to congratulate everybody," said Peretta, a senior who will compete at Penn State after he graduates from Beaver Falls. "It doesn't matter what time they get; they all finished. It's hard to finish a cross country race. Cross country is hard enough, so I congratulate everybody."

Peretta earned some congratulations himself as he found himself behind Mackey by about a second at the two-mile mark."



Cross Country: Beaver Falls' Perretta wins another WPIAL title

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Dom Peretta defended his WPIAL Class A title Thursday.

The Beaver Falls senior dominated the Cooper's Lake course, breaking the tape in a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds. He bettered his time from last year by 19 seconds.

Sewickley's Griffin Mackey was a close second, 13 seconds behind Peretta.

Peretta hit his season-best at the Red, White and Blue Classic when he ran a 16:05. The senior will run next on Nov. 7 in the PIAA championships. Last year he finished in 17th place with a time of 17:04.


Cross Country: Beaver Falls' Perretta claims Grove City Invitational title

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Domenic Perretta took first place at the Grove City Invitational on Saturday.

The Beaver Falls senior broke the tape in 16 minutes and 48 seconds. However, he did not best his personal record of 16:05.60 at the Red, White, and Blue Classic Sept. 12.

Perretta also won a tri-meet against Ellwood City breaking the tape in 16:53.