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Tennis: Bobcats stay strong with five new starters

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Behind section singles champion Connor Shallcross, the senior-laden Beaver boys tennis team finished second in Class AA Section 2 last season and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Beaver lost five starters from that team, including Shallcross, but the team is in the same position this season — second behind Blackhawk.

The team’s two returning starters, sophomores Jon Tetrick and Devin Dikec, are playing in the top two singles players. They started at No. 2 doubles last year.

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Boys Tennis: Beaver reloads on the run

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Ryan Riordan profiles the Beaver boys tennis team.

"The Beaver Area boys tennis team has advanced to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals each of the past four seasons.

But with six of its top nine players, including all of its top five, having graduated after last season, the Bobcats were expected to take a step back this season.

Yet, as the regular season proceeds, Beaver is once again cruising along with just one loss on its resume entering this week.

"I've been pleasantly surprised," Beaver coach Riley Baker said. "You lose the quality of players we had last year and you think you may not be as successful. But we're doing quite well.""

 

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Track: Beaver girls win Beaver County Invitational

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The Beaver girls used last Saturday's Beaver County Invitational to prepare for the team playoffs, finishing in first place.

"I explained to them it's point for point in the playoffs," head coach Jason Gallagher said. "They came out on the track eager."

The Lady Bobcats (144) finished in front of Riverside (111) and Central Valley (57).

Junior Ruthe Neeley took two golds and a silver. She was also a part of the winning 1,600 relay team.

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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Casey Farkasovsky, Beaver

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Name: Casey Farkasovsky
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background info: Casey Farkasovsky is a returning pitcher this season for Beaver. She pitched all but one game last season during her freshman campaign and helped lead the Bobcats to the WPIAL semifinals. This season she has been helping her cause at the plate too, she has hit two home runs.

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Softball: Beaver opens up slight lead in Class AA Section 5

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Beaver swept the first half of the section schedule to take a 1.5-game lead in Section 5-AA but the Bobcats would be wise not to relax, defending WPIAL champion, Riverside (4-1, 4-1), is not far behind.

The Bobcats finished in third in the section last season with the a 7-5 record, just ahead of New Brighton (6-6). Riverside (12-0) won the section and WPIAL title and Mohawk (10-2) took the other playoff spot out of the section.

"I still think you have to go with the defending champ, Riverside," Beaver coach Butch Rousseau said when asked who the favorite in the section is. "They have everybody back except their pitcher and catcher and so far they are doing really well. After that, I think it is a tossup. As young as New Brighton is, they have a nice young team. They have come a long way the last few games and Beaver Falls has a nice team there. I think it will be those three teams with us, New Brighton, Beaver Falls and Riverside."