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.


Alumni Update - Drew Cook (California)

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CALIFORNIA – Behind five players scoring in double-figures, the CaliforniaCook Cal University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team earned an 86-74 win against Mansfield on Wednesday night in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover action at the Convocation Center.

With the victory, the Vulcans improve to 6-8 overall behind a 5-2 mark at home. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers suffer their fourth-straight loss and fall to 2-12 this season.

Freshman Drew Cook, a Beaver Falls graduate, scored a career-high 12 points.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


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.


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.""




Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls picking up where it left off

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As the two-time defending WPIAL and 2013 PIAA Class AA champion, Beaver Falls started the season – as it usually does – with a target on its back. But, just as happened last year, the Tigers can't rest on their laurels because much of the championship winning cast has graduated.

The 2013-14 Tigers, though, started the season the same way last season ended – winning two games over the weekend by a combined 43 points. Leading the way were three veterans from last year's title run – Javon Turner (34 points in the two wins combined) Elijah Cottrill (32), and Dan Stratton (20).

However, a solid group of newcomers showed fans that the Tigers are reloading, not rebuilding. Brandon Thomas, a transfer from New Brighton, had 20 points in the two wins and a trio of freshmen – Neshaud Akins, Josh Creach and Donovan Jeter – also made their presence felt. Creach and Jeter are both 6-foot-5 while Akins is a 5-8 guard. The Tigers next play in their section opener Friday, hosting Shenango.