Boys Basketball: Senior guard helps Beaver Falls to final

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

"At the beginning of this season, Javon Turner wasn't all that impressed with Beaver Falls' boys basketball team.

"I knew we needed to be better," said Turner, a senior guard. "We were just a basic team, but we worked hard in practice and started to get better and better.

"With each game, we started to see the improvements and wanted to keep getting better."

Those early-season adjustments helped propel Beaver Falls (22-2) back into the WPIAL semifinals as well as earning a berth into the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. The Tigers edged New Castle, 52-49, in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament Tuesday night at Geneva College."



Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls riding sophomores to final

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Mike White profiles Beaver Falls basketball standouts Josh Creach and Donovan Jeter.

2015 0227 BeaverFalls BBasketball(Photo: Beaver Falls' Josh Creach, left, and Donovan Jeter, right. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"This dominating combo thing has some history to it with Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach.

"Second grade, 2006," Jeter was saying. "We were defensive linemen together on a pee-wee football team, went 10-0, won the championship and didn't let anyone score all year."

Eight years later, the only thing that has changed with this combo is the sport. The dominating remains the same.

Jeter and Creach are now a two-headed monster for the Beaver Falls basketball team, a pair of 6-foot-5 forwards who are the top two scorers and rebounders for the Tigers. But here's the unusual thing about them: they are only sophomores."


Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls returns to ... Beaver Falls?

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For one of the most talked about playoff matchups in years, Beaver Falls is travelling all the way to Beaver Falls to play New Castle tonight. The game will be played at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse, also in Beaver Falls. In fact, Beaver Falls plays its home football games at Geneva College.

That, however, doesn't mean that the Tigers will have any special home court advantage – the last time Beaver Falls played a post-season game at Geneva was 1994, the last year that Metheny hosted a post-season high school game. That year, a Dante Calabria-led Blackhawk team edged a Troy Nesmith-led Beaver Falls team to a 61-60 win.

No one is exactly sure why it took 23 years before post-season high school basketball to return to Geneva although the high school three-point line being taped down could have something to do with it. New Castle played there Friday night in defeating Hampton as the Red Hurricanes bring a crowd that few high school gyms can hold. New Castle has played there twice this year, losing to Lincoln Park and defeating Hampton.


Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Logan Minto

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Name: Logan Minto
School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background: Beaver Falls junior Logan Minto made a splash at the MAC swimming championships last week. She won the 50 freestyle event, swimming a time of 25.29 to finish ahead of West Allegheny sophomore Nicole Kadlecik (25.95) and Riverside sophomore Alana Nulph (26.32). Minto also took second place in the 100 freestyle, pushing eventual champion Taylor Petrak. Petrak won the event with a time of 53.05. Nobody was within four seconds of her except Minto who had a time of 55.30. Minto is the fifth seed at the WPIAL Class AA championships this weekend in the 50 freestyle. She is also seeded seventh in the 100 freestyle.


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Javon Turner

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Name: Javon Turner
School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Javon Turner has already been in two state championship games and won two WPIAL gold medals so experience is definitely an advantage. While Beaver Falls earned the second seed in Class AAA in great part because of a pair of 6-foot-5 sophomores inside, Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach, the steady play of the guards, led by Turner has also been a significant factor as he has averaged about 14 points per game for the Tigers. Also an excellent football and baseball player, he is leaning towards playing basketball in college.