Boys Tennis: Beaver hopes to join girls team as WPIAL champs

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No team other than Sewickley Academy has ever won the WPIAL Class AA boys and girls team tennis titles in the same school year.

Beaver would like to increase that number of schools to two.

In the fall, the Bobcats girls won their first WPIAL Class AA title since 2002. For the boys to join them, they would have to end Sewickley Academy's 12-year run atop the classification.

For that to happen, Beaver would need contributions from throughout the lineup, especially at the top with seniors Jonathon Tetrick and Devin Dikec and junior Ross Huchko.


Hockey: Beaver overcomes injury to win title

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.

"One day before Beaver Area was set to play Carrick in the PIHL Division 2 championship game, coach Vince Dioguardi got a wake-up call that he never expected.

That's when he was told that all-star forward Antoni Chirgott had sustained a knee injury playing for his travel team over the weekend and would be unavailable to take the ice for the finals.

"When I woke up on Sunday, his team was playing in districts over the weekend and about 2 o'clock my son told my wife that Antoni's out," Dioguardi said. "I was like 'come on you're joking,' but they weren't."

For many teams the loss of a player of Chirgott's caliber, who was tied for the team lead during the regular season with 22 goals and 46 points, would be the prelude to a consolation handshake at center ice. And that was certainly how it appeared after Carrick ended a 129 minute, 21 second scoring drought against Beaver when Jacob Salusky scored to give Carrick a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the second period."


Hockey: Bobcats rally to win first hockey title in 15 years

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It took a while, but Beaver finally found its game during the PIHL Division 2 championship game against Carrick.


When they did, the Bobcats brought home the school’s first hockey title of any kind in 15 years.


Beaver got two third-period goals from senior Ryan Hartman as the team pulled out a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Cougars in a game the team played without Antoni Chirgott, one of the team’s scoring triumvirate.


Hockey: Beaver will put 18-game win streak on line in Division 2 title game

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No team in any classification has put together the kind of season Beaver has this year.


Not only did the Bobcats finish the regular season on a 16-0-0 streak, they rolled into the playoffs with the best record in Division 2 (18-2-0) and with the top seed in the tournament.


And it only seems appropriate that Beaver would have to take on rival Carrick in the Division 2 championship game on Monday at 5:30 pm. at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Carrick handed the Bobcats one of their two losses on the season, a 5-0 defeat on Oct. 26.


Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Beaver senior James Slisson

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Name: James Soisson

School: Beaver

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey


Background: Is the starting goaltender for the Bobcats and has put together an impressive 11-1-0 record with one shutout and a 1.69 goals-against average in the regular season. Was selected to play in the PIHL Division 2 all-star game and allowed four goals in the loss. So far in the playoffs, though, he has ratcheted his game to another level with a 2-0-0 record, a 0.50 goal-against average, a .966 save percentage and one shutout. Is 2-0-0 with a 0.00 goal-against average in two wins against championship opponent Carrick.