Track: Beaver sweeps Class AA team titles

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver boys and girls track teams.

"Beaver Area track coach Jason Gallagher was as surprised as anyone when his team lifted him up on their shoulders and carried him around the field at Baldwin High School.

"I'm a big guy, no offense," Gallagher said. "But I'm impressed. They got me with a cooler, too, and it's something to be proud of."

His teams' reason for the shower and the ride were simple. Beaver Area had just become only the third school in WPIAL history to win both the boys and girls Class AA team track championships in the same year and the first since Wilmington in 1992.

"It's all about the kids," Gallagher said. "Every year I keep telling these kids who come out that we'll get them where they need to go and we get them stronger, we get them better, and if they're struggling we get them a new event to try.""



Track: Beaver sends 22 athletes to WPIAL championships

Written by Justin Criado on .

Both the Beaver boys and girls teams won the WPIAL Class AA team championships this year, and during individual qualifiers they showed why, sending 22 total athletes to the individual championships Thursday at Baldwin.

For the girls, Emily Ledbetter qualified in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. The 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams also qualified.

The Neeley sisters, Olivia and Ruthe, both qualified, Olivia in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Ruthe in the 400. Both are members of relay teams, as well.

On the boys side, Darius Wise qualified in the 100, while Riley Lamison and Dan Pollack did so in the 1,600.


Softball: West Feature Athlete - Tayven Rousseau, Beaver

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Tayven Rousseau
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball
Position: Catcher

Background: The Beaver infield has grown up playing together. Five juniors have been together on the varsity level for three seasons now. Pitcher Casey Farkasovsky, first baseman Ashleky Kondracki, second baseman Jayda Justice, shortstop Haley Champ and third baseman Jen Kondracki came up together. They were joined last year by a freshman catcher, Tayven Rousseau, the granddaughter of coach Butch Rousseau. Tayven has joined the juniors and been extremely valuable.


Track: Beaver vaulter sets the bar high

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Beaver pole vaulter Kyle Grimm.

"Because of its unique qualities, the pole vault is one of the most intriguing events in high school track and field's order of events.

Each year, plenty of student-athletes test their abilities to sprint down a runway carrying a long pole they will plant into a short pit, leave the ground for a few moments and attempt to maneuver their bodies over a thin barrier suspended between two uprights.

Many attempt this activity. There aren't may, though, who have achieved the performances recorded by Beaver Area High School junior Kyle Grimm, who has cleared 12 feet, 6 inches on several occasions this season.

"He's done that several times," said Jason Gallagher, who is in his third season as the Bobcats coach. "He came close to clearing 13 feet at the Beaver County Invitational on April 18 at Riverside.""



Track: Beaver sweeps WPIAL team championships

Written by Justin Criado on .

The Beaver track team celebrated twice Monday at the WPIAL Class AA team championships as both the boys and girls teams won titles at Baldwin.

The girls team edged Southmoreland and Freeport, while the boys defended their crown by finishing ahead of Washington and Freeport.

The Riversides boys, a fellow West competitor, finished fourth.