Track: Beaver’s Wise continues to be a three-sport star

Written by Brad Everett on .

No matter the time of year, a certain Wise guy produces big-time performances.

Darius Wise is known best for his excellence in football and basketball, but this Beaver junior continues his assault on the track, too. Wise won the 100, 200 and also helped Beaver's 1,600 relay team take first place at the Warrior Classic at Central Valley last Saturday. His time of 11.12 in the 100 was a meet record.

A year ago, Wise raced to a third-place finish in the 100 at the WPIAL Class AA championships and finished seventh at the PIAA championships. He also helped Beaver win its second consecutive WPIAL team championship.

Wise has several Division I offers in football, the latest coming from Miami (Ohio). Wise rushed for 1,522 yards and 29 touchdowns, and passed 1,145 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall. He averaged 24 points per game in basketball.


Softball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Tayven Rousseau

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Tayven Rousseau
High School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: Catcher

Background: Beaver junior Tayven Rousseau is a three-year starter for the No. 2-ranked Bobcats in Class AAA. Early this season Rousseau is batting .571 with five extra-base hits, eight runs scored and five RBIs. Her grandfather is coach Butch Rousseau.


Boys Tennis: Beaver hopes to join girls team as WPIAL champs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

No team other than Sewickley Academy has ever won the WPIAL Class AA boys and girls team tennis titles in the same school year.

Beaver would like to increase that number of schools to two.

In the fall, the Bobcats girls won their first WPIAL Class AA title since 2002. For the boys to join them, they would have to end Sewickley Academy's 12-year run atop the classification.

For that to happen, Beaver would need contributions from throughout the lineup, especially at the top with seniors Jonathon Tetrick and Devin Dikec and junior Ross Huchko.


Hockey: Beaver overcomes injury to win title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.

"One day before Beaver Area was set to play Carrick in the PIHL Division 2 championship game, coach Vince Dioguardi got a wake-up call that he never expected.

That's when he was told that all-star forward Antoni Chirgott had sustained a knee injury playing for his travel team over the weekend and would be unavailable to take the ice for the finals.

"When I woke up on Sunday, his team was playing in districts over the weekend and about 2 o'clock my son told my wife that Antoni's out," Dioguardi said. "I was like 'come on you're joking,' but they weren't."

For many teams the loss of a player of Chirgott's caliber, who was tied for the team lead during the regular season with 22 goals and 46 points, would be the prelude to a consolation handshake at center ice. And that was certainly how it appeared after Carrick ended a 129 minute, 21 second scoring drought against Beaver when Jacob Salusky scored to give Carrick a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the second period."


Hockey: Bobcats rally to win first hockey title in 15 years

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It took a while, but Beaver finally found its game during the PIHL Division 2 championship game against Carrick.


When they did, the Bobcats brought home the school’s first hockey title of any kind in 15 years.


Beaver got two third-period goals from senior Ryan Hartman as the team pulled out a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Cougars in a game the team played without Antoni Chirgott, one of the team’s scoring triumvirate.