Cross Country: Beaver girls runner-up at Freedom Invitational

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The Beaver girls finished in second place at the Freedom Invitational on Wednesday.

Despite not having any runners place in the top 10, Beaver held a tight pack for a strong team placement.

Shady Side Academy took gold with 73 points, only five points in front of Beaver with 78.

Katia Kaffenes was the first Bobcat to cross the line in 11th place with a finish time of 22 minutes, 23 seconds. She was followed by teammates Emily Forner (13th place) and Delaine Baker (14th place). Hopewell's Carinna Lapson broke up the pack, taking 12th place.


Girls Tennis: Beaver to play for spot in states

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As the WPIAL team tournaments near the championships, only one West team remains. Beaver, which finished the regular season 10-0 in Class AA Section 2, dropped its semifinal match Wednesday afternoon to Indiana, 3-2, and will play Greensburg Central Catholic, last year's champion, in Thursday's consolation game. The winner will qualify for the PIAA tournament on Oct. 21. 

Other West teams that qualified were Rochester and Fort Cherry in Class AA, and Moon in Class AAA. 
Rochester defeated Fort Cherry, 4-1, during last Thursday's first round before falling to Beaver, 4-1, in the quarterfinals Monday. 

Moon lost to Peters Township, 5-0, in last Wednesday's first round. 


Cross Country: Beaver boys run to section title, shape up as WPIAL threat

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Brittany Goncar profiles the Beaver boys cross country team.

"Winning a WPIAL title felt like a long shot for the Beaver Area varsity boys cross country team after graduating eight seniors last year, but recent performances have restored hope.

The Bobcats won the small-schools team title at the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 4 with 42 points.

They defeated nine other teams, including General McLane (64 points) and Bellefonte Area (98 points).

"I was pretty pleased with that," Beaver coach Steve Goldcamp said. "There were a couple teams that ran the A race so it opened it up more for us in the B race. The boys went out after it and put on a good performance.""



Girls Volleyball: Beaver battles to extend streak

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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.