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Cross Country: Beaver's Neeley finding her way

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Beaver's Ruthe Neeley is finding her way to the front of the pack this season. She finished the 8th PIAA Foundation XC Invitational in ninth place on Saturday.

Neeley was the first WPIAL runner to cross the line on Hershey's course with a time of 20:41. Her closest teammate was Emily Forner, who finished in 18th place.

As a team, Beaver took fifth place and was the highest placing WPIAL team. The boys team took 11th place.

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Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Austin Zurik

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Name: Austin Zurik
High School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer

Background: As one of three seniors to start for Beaver, Austin Zurik has to take on the leadership role as the mostly sophomore lineup goes through its growing pains. The growth is already started to show as Beaver has won three straight after starting the season 0-2. In the last game, Zurik scored a hat trick as the Bobcats defeated South Side 7-1. As the sophomores get more experience, the scoring could well become more balances but, for now, Zurik is helping the Bobcats stay in the middle of the playoff race.

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Cross Country: Neeley helps Beaver girls finish first at Slippery Rock

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Ruthe Neeley led the Beaver girls to a first-place finish among Class AA competition at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Saturday.

Neeley crossed the line in second with a time of 21:05.2, three seconds behind Meadville's Meredith Prather. Emily Former and Rachel O'Neil solidified the team win by placing seventh and 11th, respectively.

Beaver defeated South Fayette by 12 points with 44.

West teams Ambridge (fourth) and Central Valley (fifth) also landed in the top five.

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Football: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Darius Wise

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Name: Darius Wise
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver

Background: Beaver defeated Brownsville, 55-0, in the season opener and Darius Wise scored five times – in only nine touches. He scored on passes of 33, 26, and 18 yards from Zach Royba, 83 yards from Landon Pontoli, and a run of 60 yards. The other four touches totaled 72 yards as Wise finished with 292 total yards.