Girls Tennis: Beaver looking to pull off WPIAL sweep

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It doesn’t happen every year, but Beaver has an opportunity to pull off a sweep in the WPIAL Class AA singles and doubles tournaments.


On the heels of junior Anne Taylor winning her first WPIAL singles title, junior Moriah Bridges and freshman Devyn Campbell knocked off Quaker Valley senior Emily Kraus and one half of the defending doubles champion team, sophomore Zoe Bojalad, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, to win the Section 2 doubles title.


Bridges lost a 10-7 pro-set match to top seed and eventual runner-up Hannah Phillips of Carlynton in the second round of the WPIAL singles finals. As a freshman in 2013, Bridges teamed with Mattie Taylor to finish second in the WPIAL in doubles and qualify for states.


Football: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Darius Wise (2015)

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Name: Darius Wise
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Wise rushed for 269 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Beaver to a 28-14 win against visiting New Brighton last Saturday. Wise scored on runs of 35, 43 and 53 yards for the Bobcats, who improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Class AA Midwestern Conference. Wise is one of the top juniors in the WPIAL. As a sophomore, Wise played primarily at running back, but switched to quarterback this season. He's rushed for 680 yards and nine touchdowns, and has completed 29 of 58 passes for 298 yards. Wise already has a scholarship from BYU, and other Division I schools are showing interest.


Cross Country: Beaver takes part in PIAA Foundation Invitational

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Beaver Area in the 9th PIAA Foundation XC Invitational.

The Bobcats had three boys finish in the top 30.

Sean Render was the first Beaver runner to cross the line in 22nd place with a time of 17:24. Riley Lamison was only three places behind him in 25th with a time of 17:41.

Jake Pittner finished in 27th place, only three seconds behind Lamison.


Girls Tennis: Beaver junior captures WPIAL title

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Keith Barnes profiles Beaver tennis player Anne Taylor.

2015 0925 Beaver GTennis(Photo: Beaver Area's Anne Taylor returns a shot against Carlynton's Hannah Phillips in the WPIAL Class AA championship Tuesday at North Allegheny. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Last season Anne Taylor was the No. 2 singles player for Beaver Area and barely made it out of her section before she was knocked off in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament.

What a difference a year makes.

Not only has the Bobcats junior taken over the No. 1 slot on her team in a preseason battle with teammate Moriah Bridges, she went into the WPIAL singles tournament Monday as the No. 3 seed. To top it off, she wrapped up her whirlwind start with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) upset of top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton Tuesday at North Allegheny to become the first Beaver singles player to win the title since freshman Alexandra Kaluza defeated teammate Kristi Borza, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in 2002.

"Coming into a tournament like this, after not making it past the first round last year, is a little intimidating," Taylor said. "After winning the section, I was able to put a lot of confidence in me and I thought I was going to do pretty well.""


Girls Tennis: Beaver’s Taylor wins first WPIAL title

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Annie Taylor has had an incredible year since losing in the first round of the 2014 WPIAL Class AA singles tournament.


Immediately after, she and her sister Mattie finished third in Section 2 doubles, rallied for a runner-up finish at the WPIAL Class AA tournament and came in second in the state.


This year, she not only won the section singles title, she came into the WPIAL finals as the No. 3 seed and promptly knocked off top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to win the school’s first singles title since Alexandra Kaluza in 2002.