Hockey: Upstart Beaver scores goals in bunches

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Beaver hockey team. Click here to read his story.

"When Chris Albright took over as the head coach of the Beaver Area hockey team this season, he made it clear that a repeat of last season wouldn't be tolerated.

"Last year, we went 5-15 and that's unacceptable," said Albright, who was the junior varsity coach in 2012-13. "We definitely made some changes."

And through the first half of the season, Beaver (6-5) has already eclipsed last year's win total.

A big reason for the team's success has been the Bobcats' improvement in putting the puck in the net. Beaver has already scored 13 more goals this year than last season."



Hockey: West Feature Athletes — Beaver’s James Scisson and Robbie Halvin

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Names: James Scisson and Robbie Halvin
School: Beaver
Grades: Scisson (10) and Halvin (11)
Position: Goaltender
Sport: Hockey

Background: Both netminders have seen time in seven games this season. Scisson is 3-4 with a 3.19 goals-against average, while Halvin is 3-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average. Combined, they have stopped 288 of 319 shots.

Beaver coach Chris Albright: “We have two starting goaltenders that we have complete faith in. We’ve been shuffling them depending on the matchup but we have full confidence in both of them.”


Boys Basketball: Beaver reloading, not rebuilding

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Beaver reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals last year but, with four senior starters graduating, expectations for this season were tempered somewhat. The Bobcats, though, are off to a 3-1 start including a Section 2-AAA win.

Despite the fact that only Alex Rowse returns as a starter, Beaver finds its name atop the standings – the same place it spent most of the last two seasons. Beaver's only loss came at the hands of perennial AA power Sto-Rox in overtime.

Beaver has relied on a pair of a pair of underclassmen guards to carry the scoring load to this point – freshman Darius Wise has carried his scoring touch over football season and junior Austin Saal, who played some last year. In the 73-67 section win over Hopewell, Saal had 24 and Wise 22.

The Bobcats face another challenge tonight visiting West Allegheny.


Hockey: Cahill, Halvin help stop Beaver losing skid

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After Beaver beat Blackhawk, 6-5, on Nov. 21 to over the .500 mark at 3-2, the Bobcats lost back-to-back contests to OLSH and Harbor Creek.

But behind the play of Luke Cahill and Robbie Halvin, Beaver got back to .500 Monday with a 5-1 win against John Marshall.

Cahill scored a hat trick as Beaver jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods. Cahill has six goals and two assists in seven games this season.


Alumni Update - Erin Hogan (California University of Pennsylvania

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Junior forward Erin Hogan earned Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention.Hogan CalU

Hogan, a Beaver Area graduate, led the nation and set the single-season school record with 17 assists, which was one shy of tying the conference mark. She also tallied six goals to finish second in the league with a career-high 29 points.

A three-year starter, Hogan has shattered the all-time school record and is tied for second in PSAC history with 43 assists. The 5-5 junior recently earned NSCAA Second-Team All-America honors and is a two-time all-region selection by both Daktronics and the NSCAA.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)