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Softball: After winning title, Beaver steps up

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

"While his team would have liked the opportunity to defend its WPIAL Class AA title, Butch Rousseau is well aware that as far as timing is concerned, this season is an opportune one to step up in class.

Beaver Area was undefeated against WPIAL teams last season, losing only in the PIAA quarterfinals to Phillipsburg-Osceola. It finished 17-1, capturing a Section 5-AA title and the WPIAL championship.

"Naturally, they would love trying to defend the title again in Double-A," Rousseau said. "But we are kind of [eager] to move on. We know what we have to do, now we are just trying to accomplish some new things."

Seven starters are back from that title team, including junior Casey Farkasovsky, one of the best pitchers and hitters in the WPIAL. She was 15-1 in the pitching circle last season while hitting eight home runs batting in the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the Bobcats."

 

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Track: Champion sprinter on the mend for Beaver

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Justin Criado profiles Beaver track standout Ruthe Neeley.

2015 0403 Beaver GTrack(Photo: Beaver Area's Ruthe Neeley has battled back from a torn ACL injury as she tries to defend her WPIAL Class AA title in the 400-meter run. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Recovery time for an athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament usually lasts anywhere from six months to a year.

The most commonly injured ligament of the four ligaments that stabilize the knee, the ACL primarily affects lateral, cutting motions such as a running back reversing fields suddenly or a basketball player making a quick move.

Unfortunately for Beaver's Ruthe Neeley, she sustained the injury in mid-December during basketball season. But that hasn't necessarily stopped her from trying to defend her WPIAL track crown this spring. The 2014 Class AA 400-meter champ has already been cleared to run with the team in her quest to return to the PIAA meet and help Beaver improve on its WPIAL runner-up finish a year ago.

"There's a good chance of her returning this season to tell you the truth," Beaver coach Jason Gallagher said. "She's able to work more than a football or basketball player because there's not a lot of cutting with her knee or anything. She's going to return, but her timetable is not determined yet.""

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Track: Beaver boys look to defend WPIAL title

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Beaver head coach Jason Gallagher feels his boys team is ready for the long haul this season.

Top performers Darius Wise and Jesse Council return for the Bobcats as sprinters, anchors to a team that won the WPIAL Class AA team crown a year ago.

"They're working hard," Gallagher said. "They know what's at stake and what it'll take to get back there."

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Track: Beaver's Neeley on track to return after ACL injury

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Beaver senior sprinter Ruthe Neeley tore her ACL during basketball season, putting a damper on her last year on the track, but Neeley has recovered quickly and looks to defend her lane in the 400 meter dash and 4x400 relay, according to head coach Jason Gallagher.

"She's working each and every day harder than most athletes would because she's the reigning WPIAL champion in the 400 meter dash and she's also part of the 4x400 meter relay team that won three years in a row now," Gallagher said.

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Softball: WPIAL Class AA champs to try their hand in Class AAA

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Technically speaking Beaver will not be able to defend its WPIAL Class AA title from last season. The Bobcats move up to Class AAA for the first time in program history. But everyone in the classification is well aware that the champs are joining them. Beaver is ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette preseason Class AAA rankings.

"We haven't earned anything yet," coach Butch Rousseau is quick to remind people.

While his team would like the chance to defend their WPIAL Class AA title from last season, Rousseau is well aware that as far as timing is concerned, this season is an opportune one to step up in class.

Beaver was undefeated against the WPIAL last season, losing only in the PIAA quarterfinals to Phillipsburg-Osceola. It finished 17-1, capturing a Section 5-AA title and WPIAL title.