Technically speaking Beaver will not be able to defend its WPIAL Class AA title from last season. The Bobcats move up to Class AAA for the first time in program history. But everyone in the classification is well aware that the champs are joining them. Beaver is ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette preseason Class AAA rankings.
"We haven't earned anything yet," coach Butch Rousseau is quick to remind people.
While his team would like the chance to defend their WPIAL Class AA title from last season, Rousseau is well aware that as far as timing is concerned, this season is an opportune one to step up in class.
Beaver was undefeated against the WPIAL last season, losing only in the PIAA quarterfinals to Phillipsburg-Osceola. It finished 17-1, capturing a Section 5-AA title and WPIAL title.