Beaver won an outright Section 1-AAA title this season. The Bobcats had to wait until the final game of the season to celebrate. They finished with an overall record of 10-5 and 8-2 section record, just ahead of Central Valley (11-8, 7-3). Beaver's section title hopes were tossed into disarray after losing a wild 16-15 game at New Castle on April 15 and then dropped a 5-2 decision to Central Valley 11 days later. But the Bobcats finished the regular season with three consecutive section wins. The outright section title became official after a 15-0 win against Blackhawk. Perhaps the most notable wins came prior to that, a 12-2 win over New Castle on April 30 and a 4-3 win at Ambridge on May 3. It was the second consecutive section title for Beaver. Last year it won the section by two games.
For one round Beaver looked like it would pull off the rare double by winning the WPIAL Class AA boys and girls team tennis titles in the same year.
That was when the 10th-seeded Bobcats knocked out No. 7 Thomas Jefferson, 4-0, in the first round and moved into the quarterfinals.
Their hope didn't last any longer, however, as the Bobcats were ousted in the second round by No. 2 seed and eventual runner-up Indiana, 5-0, on Monday.
After winning one event and finishing third in another at last year's WPIAL Class AA championships, the question might have been "How much better can Emily Ledbetter get?"
The senior standout at Beaver has answered that question not with her words, but with her legs this spring, and her times in the 100, 200 and 400 have her looking like a WPIAL title contender in all three events.
Ledbetter might have been at her best at the MAC Championships on April 27 at Mars. Ledbetter was sensational, winning all three of her top events, while setting school and meet records in the 400. She also helped Beaver's 1,600 relay team place second. Her performance earned her track MVP honors.
Three days later, Ledbetter and her teammates competed in the Franklin Invitational. Ledbetter won the 100 and led the 1,600 relay team to a first-place finish, as well.
GRANVILLE, Ohio –Behind nine top-five performances and a quartet of all-conference finishers, the Allegheny women's track and field team placed fourth at the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Denison University.
The Gators finished the two-day event with 105 points, their highest NCAC Championship total since 2011, to place fourth in the eight-team field. Ohio Wesleyan repeated as conference champs with 179 points, followed by second-place Denison (139) and third-place Oberlin (121). Four days after being named the 2016 Allegheny Female Newcomer of the Year at the Gator Student-Athlete Awards Celebration, freshman Emily Forner led the day two charge for the Gators.
Forner, a Beaver graduate, earned a pair of All-NCAC accolades, garnering a total of 16 points on the day. She opened the afternoon by placing second in the 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:40.28, before also taking runner-up honors in the 5,000 with a time of 18:01.08, less than a half-second out of first place.
The Gators finished the two-day event with 105 points, their highest NCAC Championship total since 2011, to place fourth in the eight-team field. Ohio Wesleyan repeated as conference champs with 179 points, followed by second-place Denison (139) and third-place Oberlin (121).
Four days after being named the 2016 Allegheny Female Newcomer of the Year at the Gator Student-Athlete Awards Celebration, freshman Emily Forner led the day two charge for the Gators.
(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)
No team is unbeaten in Section 1-AAA. No team is winless. Only 1.5 games separated first place from last place. There is no section race quite like the one ongoing in that section. Beaver Area (5-4, 3-1) has the early advantage but it certainly is early. Ambridge (4-3, 2-1), New Castle (6-4, 2-2), Central Valley (5-6, 2-3), Hopewell (3-4, 2-3) and Blackhawk (2-5, 2-3) are all worthy contenders.
The Bobcats are still the team to beat and not just because of their record. Beaver has continued to be a contender over the last four years thanks to junior catcher Tayven Rousseau and senior pitcher Casey Farkasovsky. Rousseau, a Saint Francis recruit, bats leadoff for Beaver. She is batting over .500 and well on her way to being named to the all-section team again. Her grandfather, Butch Rousseau, coaches the team. Farkasovsky is a three-time all section choice.