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Hockey: Strong Bobcats season comes to end

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Prior to this season, Beaver hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2008.

But the Bobcats finished this season 12-10, including a first-round playoff win against Peters Township’s Open Class team before falling in the Southwest Conference playoffs to top-seeded Harbor Creek, 9-3, Tuesday night.

The Bobcats won just five of 20 game last season, but improved their goal differential from minus-89 last regular season to plus-27 in the 2013-14 regular season.

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Swimming: Beaver's Ringer repeats as MAC diving champion

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Two years after settling for bronze at the MAC Diving Championships, Beaver Area senior Micah Ringer captured his second consecutive gold medal and did so in style, improving on his own meet record and setting the pool record. Ringer's 11-dive score of 349.70 outpaced the field including second-place finisher West Allegheny senior Ty Tracy (263.10) and Moon Area junior Mitch Skidmore (233.40). Skidmore was diving at his home pool but it was Ringer who look right at home through his 11 dives. He improved on his meet record set in 2013 of 343.10 and easily crushed the 2012 pool record of 144.90.

Ringer is now one of the co-favorites at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships this weekend at South Park along with South Fayette's Stephen Zombek. Ringer qualified for states last season where he finished in the top six.

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Swimming: Beaver appears to have a Ringer at MAC championships

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Beaver Area's Micah Ringer heads into the MAC Diving Championships as a heavy favorite to repeat. Ringer won the competition last year and most of the top contenders from the Midwestern Athletic Conference have graduated. Ringer will be one of eight divers at the event that begins Friday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. The MAC Championships will be hosted by Moon High School this year. Ringer's biggest challenge will likely come from a hometown diver in Moon junior Mitch Skidmore who will be diving in his home pool.

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Swimming: Beaver girls post strong showing against Class AA power

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Competing against one of the WPIAL Class AA title favorites, the Beaver Area girls hung with West Allegheny for a majority of their competitive dual meet late last month. Thanks to strong swims, competitive relays and decent depth, the Bobcats had a strong showing, compiling up 72 points while West Allegheny had 94.

Beaver Area started the meet with a second-place 200 medley relay swam by Lena Clerici, Alyssa Quillin, Sydney Johnston and Gwen Bogaczyk. The foursome would rack up most of Beaver's points during the meet including the best Beaver showing of the evening with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Individually, Johnston took second in the 200 freestyle while Clerici took second in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.

The Bobcats had a particularly strong showing in the 50 freestyle with Bogaczyk, Carly Ferrend and Ally Antoline finishing 3-4-5 and all scoring points for the Bobcats. Hadley Neish and Rachel Kullen finished second and fourth respectively in diving.