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Hockey: Improved Beaver feeding off youth

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.

"No matter how the Beaver Area hockey team finishes this season, there is little doubt that it has been an unmitigated success. That is not to say, however, that the Bobcats plan on resting on their early laurels.

"I would say, coming in, we just wanted to improve on what we did last year and I think we've already done that," Beaver coach Chris Albright said. "The way things are [heading into the week] we're in third place so there's definitely been a lot of improvement."

Having the program where it is has taken quite a bit of work for the second-year coach, who came in after a 2012-13 season in which only nine skaters on the Bobcats varsity squad dressed for as many as 15 games. But the larder was filled in the successful youth programs and junior varsity ranks, which has helped propel what could have been a disastrous rebuilding program, even in the Class B developmental level."

 

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Beaver’s Antoni Chirgott

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Name: Antoni Chirgott

School: Beaver                              

Grade: 10

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Chirgott is the leading scorer for a Bobcats team in the hunt for the PIHL playoffs in the Class B developmental division. He’s averaging a goal per game with 12 in 12 to go along with seven assists to give him a team-leading 19 points on the year. He scored two goals and chipped in an assist in an 8-5 win against Upper St. Clair in his most recent game.

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Girls Basketball: Beaver making successful jump back to Class AAA

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver girls basketball team.

2015 0108 Beaver GBasketball(Photo: Beaver's Lexi Posset, driving between two Bishop Canevin defenders during a WPIAL playoff game last season, leads the Bobcats in scoring at 24.5 points per game. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Sitting just 5 miles down Interstate 376 from Blackhawk High School, it would be hard for Beaver Area to ignore what its Beaver County rivals have done on the basketball court over the past few years.

Even playing in a different classification, the Bobcats were well aware of the Cougars run to WPIAL and PIAA titles last season.

This season they would get to see it up close. After two years in Class AA, Beaver returned to Class AAA and joined a section with Blackhawk.

"Being right next to Blackhawk, there is a little bit of awe but also motivation," Beaver coach Greg Huston said."

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Boys Basketball: Beaver has big week

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Beaver Area head coach Andy Podbielski understands the significance of playing in a tough section – he remembers when his dad, Dave, coached at Beaver Falls and the Tigers played in what was called a "super-section." Still the younger Podbielski didn't ease up on his team in the non-conference break over the holidays.

Beaver played a pair of one loss Class AA teams on the road and won them both – 62-47 over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at the Mohawk Tournament and 51-50 over Neshannock at Neshannock. A key part of the success for the Bobcats, now 6-4 overall, has been more balanced scoring.

Sophomore Darius Wise (he still averages around 20) had been carrying the scoring load earlier but lately, seniors Austin Saal (16 against Neshannock) and Nick Barney (15 against Neshannock) have been scoring more and the Bobcats have been having success.

Podbielski will be having flashbacks of that "super section" next week as his team travels to Beaver Falls and New Castle in the same week.

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Hockey: Bobcats virtual lock for playoffs

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Beaver is in an interesting position in the PIHL Class B developmental division.

 

On the one hand, the Bobcats are in the precarious position of being in seventh place and currently hold the final playoff spot. On the other, Beaver needs to totally collapse or have the Penn-Trafford-B or Upper St. Clair-B teams come out of the basement with a vengeance to miss out on the postseason.

 

With the preconceptions of going out and trying to make the playoffs all but out of the way, all the Bobcats have to worry about is their seeding heading into the tournament. That could be a bit more problematic.