Girls Tennis: Beaver looking like strong contender in Class AA

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Beaver nearly qualified for the PIAA Class AA team championships a year ago.


This season, the Bobcats might have enough to end their 13-year championship drought.


To say that Beaver is loaded would be an understatement. The team has two viable No. 1 singles players in juniors Anne Taylor and Moriah Bridges and have a solid No. 3 in freshman sensation Devyn Campbell, who is just beginning to gain notice.



Cross Country: Beaver looks ahead to Red, White & Blue Classic

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Beaver will return to the Red, White and Blue Classic next Saturday.

Last year, the Bobcats finished third for the girls and fourth for the boys. Both teams hope to improve their placements on the Schenley Oval course this year.

The Lady Bobcats return top-runner Caitlin Cavaliere. The sophomore finished the 5K course in 19:56.1 last year. However, Beaver will have to run without Emily Forner and Katia Kaffness this year.

Riley Lamison was the first runner for the boys last year. The senior finished in 16th place with a time of 17:11. The Pittner brothers will also try to improve their times this year. Jake and Luke finished in 57th and 58th, respectively.


Girls Tennis: Experience, depth keys for Beaver

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver girls tennis team.

"Considering that Beaver Area has almost its entire starting lineup back from a squad that finished fourth in the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championships, the Bobcats have the appearance of a front-runner for the school's sixth title and first since 2002.

That is if, somehow, a completely loaded Greensburg Central Catholic team that gave eventual champion Sewickley Academy everything it could handle in a 3-2 semifinal loss before knocking Beaver Area out of the state playoffs with a 3-2 decision in the third-place match, falls flat somewhere along the line.

Sometimes the unthinkable does happen.

Alyvia and Michaela Kluska, the top two returning players from the 2014 singles tournament, moved to White Sulfur Spring, W.Va., which not only leaves a gaping hole at the top of Greensburg Central Catholic's lineup, but opens up opportunities for several teams to jump in and fill the void."



Beaver 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Beaver's Jeff Beltz is a smart coach, so there's no need to remind him that it would be wise to put the ball in the hands of Darius Wise as much as possible.

Wise (5-11, 170) is a standout junior for the Bobcats who will start at quarterback after playing primarily at running back last season. Wise rushed for 818 yards — averaging 12.2 yards per carry — had 13 receptions for 272 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. Wise already owns a scholarship offer from BYU. Several other Division I schools are showing interest.

"We expect a lot more than a great football player. We hope that the leadership traits start to come out," said Beltz, whose team has only seven seniors. "You want your best athlete to take on those added pressures and roles."

Wise replaces Zach Royba, who passed for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns last season when the Bobcats went 7-3 and qualified for the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. Landon Pontoli (5-9, 165, Jr., QB-DB) could see some time at quarterback and also wide receiver. Alex Neeley (6-2, 295, Sr., OL-DL) is the only other returning offensive starter. Te'Vierre Williams (5-9, 155, Jr., RB-DB) is expected to be the primary ball carrier. The top receivers are Micah Weaver (5-11, 185, Jr., WR-LB) and Chase Mamone (6-2, 165, Sr., WR-LB).


Track: Beaver athletes finish championship season at PIAA finals

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Both the Beaver girls and boys teams won WPIAL Class AA team championships, which was followed by WPIAL individual qualifiers and the PIAA championships at Shippensburg University.

The girls 1,600-meter relay team finished highest, as they placed sixth overall with a time of 4:00.35.

Darius Wise placed highest of any individual Bobcat competitor with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash.