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Cross Country: Neeley helps Beaver girls finish first at Slippery Rock

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Ruthe Neeley led the Beaver girls to a first-place finish among Class AA competition at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Saturday.

Neeley crossed the line in second with a time of 21:05.2, three seconds behind Meadville's Meredith Prather. Emily Former and Rachel O'Neil solidified the team win by placing seventh and 11th, respectively.

Beaver defeated South Fayette by 12 points with 44.

West teams Ambridge (fourth) and Central Valley (fifth) also landed in the top five.

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Football: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Darius Wise

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Name: Darius Wise
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver

Background: Beaver defeated Brownsville, 55-0, in the season opener and Darius Wise scored five times – in only nine touches. He scored on passes of 33, 26, and 18 yards from Zach Royba, 83 yards from Landon Pontoli, and a run of 60 yards. The other four touches totaled 72 yards as Wise finished with 292 total yards.

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Beaver 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Beaver won eight games last year, reaching the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 2003.

Three offensive starters and six defensive starters return from that team.

The Bobcats must find replacements for three first-team all-conference players, including quarterback Alex Rowse. Replacing Rowse in the spread offense will be senior Zach Royba (6-0, 180). Royba played wide receiver and strong safety last season.

Sophomore Darius Wise (5-11, 160) is a returning starter and versatile weapon who can play running back and wide receiver.

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Softball: It was a landmark season for Beaver

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

"Championship teams historically are not built overnight.

Butch Rousseau, the softball coach at Beaver Area High School, saw his team start coming together in early December.

Long before the first pitch of the season was thrown or the first "ping" of the bat, Rousseau could already see something special forming.

"The main thing about this team," Rousseau said of Beaver's historic 2014 season, "They bought into it from day one. From conditioning in early December, you could just see it in them. They knew we had a chance to be kind of special.""