Girls Volleyball: Beaver battles to extend streak

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Beaver girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

It's been a season that Beaver Area High School girls volleyball coach Charlene Horwatt will not forget, for many different reasons, and not all of them good.

Horwatt began her 15th season as Bobcats coach with the news that three returning letter-winners would not be playing this year.

"Two girls who would have started didn't come out this year," Horwatt said. "We also lost another player for the season to a knee injury."

Horwatt was referring to Grace Oram, a 5-foot-7 sophomore who started last year at middle hitter.


Football: Beaver's Wise shines in return

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Beaver Area super sophomore Darius Wise missed a couple of games because of an injury and was anxious to return to action this past week against Laurel. However, he had to wait even longer as the Bobcats played the last high school game of the week.

Originally scheduled for 7:30 Saturday night as part of Beaver's homecoming celebration, the start of the game was delayed another hour because of lighting problems at Pat Tarquinio Field. Eventually, the game started and Wise put on a show. He scored five touchdowns – four rushing and once on an interception return.

He gained 197 yards rushing on just 10 attempts and intercepted two passes, returning them 80 yards. On the season, he is averaging 13.6 yards per play from scrimmage and has scored 16 touchdowns. His health will be a crucial factor in the Bobcats' postseason run. Beaver is now in control of a playoff spot and could clinch Friday with a win, depending on other games.



Cross Country: Beaver boys and girls golden at Central Catholic Invitational

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Beaver had a clean sweep at the Central Catholic Invitational on Saturday. Both the boys and girls teams took gold.

The girls kept a tight pack with five finishers in the top 20. Emily Forner took sixth place in 20:32.7 with Kaita Kaffenes right behind her in seventh.

Rachel O'Neil took 12th in 21 minutes and 18.2 seconds.

Sarah Johnson and Delaine Baker closed out the placing field for Beaver in 15th and 16th respectively.


Girls Tennis: Beaver has two doubles teams in WPIAL tournament

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Two doubles teams from Beaver qualified for thie WPIAL Class AA Doubles Tournament, held Oct. 1-2 at Shady Side Academy.

Sophomore Moriah Bridges and senior Catherine Deitrick punched their ticket after finishing as runner-up in the Section 4-AA tournament last week. Sisters Anne and Mattie Taylor placed third in the section, but did better than their teammates at the WPIAL Tournament.


Girls Tennis: West Feature Athletes – Beaver’s Anne and Mattie Taylor

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Names: Anne and Mattie Taylor
School: Beaver
Grade: Mattie (12) and Anne (10)
Sport: Tennis

Background: The Taylor sisters qualified for this week's WPIAL doubles tournament after finishing third in the Section 4-AA doubles tournament, and will play for the district title today. The sisters paired up in the tournament for this first time this year. 

Beaver coach Riley Baker: "Their points are fast. They're not afraid to take a shot if they see it.”