Cross Country: Beaver boys coming together as a group

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver boys cross country team.

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"It would be easy to call 2014 a developmental year for the Beaver Area boys cross country team.

Only one of the top five starters was an upperclassman and the Bobcats did not have a runner finish in the top 15 at the WPIAL Class AA individual finals at Cooper's Lake Park.

A year later, though, those same five starters are back and could make some waves when the team heads to the WPIAL finals Oct. 29.

"It's basically the same group of guys, but they've just gotten stronger," Beaver cross country coach Steve Goldcamp said. "We didn't have any seniors last year and they bonded really well last year and they've just gotten better.""



Girls Tennis: Bobcats cruising along as class of AA

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Things are pretty much going according to script for the Beaver girls tennis team.


Not only did the Bobcats pull out the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AA team tournament, they cruised into the second round with an easy, 5-0, victory over Mount Pleasant in their first match.


Now Beaver has a chance at a bit of revenge along the way.


Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete – Beaver Bobcats junior Moriah Bridges

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Name: Moriah Bridges

School: Beaver

Grade: 11

Sport: Tennis


Background: Teamed with freshman Devyn Campbell to finish third in the WPIAL and earn a spot in the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. Is the No. 2 player on the Bobcats and will have a tough task in the second round of the WPIAL Class AA team tournament when he takes on Greensburg Central Catholic seniorKate Bryan.


Boys Soccer: Beaver looking for first section title since 2010

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Tonight at Gypsy Glen Stadium, Beaver Area has a chance to clinch at least a share of its first section title since 2010. While there is no such thing as a sure thing, it would seem like a motivated Bobcats squad would be a favorite. Beaver enters with a 13-2 overall record and on a five-game winning streak in which the Bobcats have outscored their opponents,36-1, in that streak. Mohawk, on the other hand, enters 0-13.

The win would guarantee Beaver the top seed from the section as the Bobcats have handed second-place Ambridge both its defeats and, as a result, would have the tiebreakers. Beaver ends its season at Blackhawk Thursday to try and avoid any use of the tiebreakers.

Blackhawk, though, will be motivated as the Cougars enter the week with just half a game lead over Central Valley for the final playoff spot. Blackhawk also has to visit Ambridge and South Side Beaver while Central Valley hosts New Brighton and visits Hopewell.


Girls Volleyball: Young Beaver Area no longer a surprise

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

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The Beaver Area girls volleyball team continued one streak and ended another with last year's performance.

The Bobcats qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the 17th consecutive year.

Coach Charlene Horwatt's squad also ended a 10-year streak of losing in either the preliminary round or first round.

The Bobcats surprised everybody, including Horwatt, by advancing to the WPIAL semifinals and earning a PIAA berth, despite being seeded No. 11 in the 18-team Class AA bracket.