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."