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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."

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Tennis: West Feature Athlete — Beaver’s Jon Tetrick

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Name: Jon Tetrick
School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Tetrick is the No. 1 singles player for Beaver and took fourth in the Class AA Section 2 tournament last week. Tetrick played second doubles last season, but has moved up to the top spot with the Bobcats losing six of their top nine players from a year ago to graduation.

Beaver coach Riley Baker: “He’s doing well. He got a lot of experience from playing last season. It’s a big step from No. 2 doubles to No. 1 singles, but he’s handled it well.”

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Softball: Beaver a force in Class AA

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

2014 0410 Beaver Softball(Photo: Beaver's Ashley Kondracki connects with a pitch during a WPIAL tournament quarterfinal victory against Greensburg Central Catholic last May. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"A trip to the WPIAL semifinals a year ago has served as a springboard into the 2014 season for the Beaver Area softball team.

With eight starters returning, the Bobcats have started the season 4-0 with all four wins coming in Class AA Section 5. They were scheduled to play Riverside Wednesday.

"As young as we were last year, they really matured as the season went on," Bobcats coach Butch Rousseau said. "We went fairly deep into the playoffs and I think that really, really helped this year."

The run to the WPIAL semifinals helped in the offseason. More players were showing up for voluntary workouts and practices."

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Jordan Yates, Beaver

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Name: Jordan Yates
High School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball

Background Info: Last season as a junior, Jordan Yates was the starting center fielder on Beaver's WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA runnerup. This year, with many of those players graduated, Yates has a much bigger but far less defined role as the Bobcats try to repeat. This year, he's playing wherever he's needed - some center field, some shortstop, catching some, and pitching more. He's more set in the batting order – batting third.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Alex Tolbert

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Name: Alex Tolbert
High School: Beaver
Sport: Track
Grade: 12
Events: 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay and long jump.

Background Info: Tolbert placed in the top 16 at Class AA WPIAL championships last season. He finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and went on to place seventh at the PIAA championships. Tolbert is a team captain. He missed the first meet of the season to participate in the mock trial state championship. Tolbert also ran cross country this year.