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Swimming: Beaver diver improves from last year, takes silver

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In most years, the WPIAL diving performance put on by Beaver Area's Micah Ringer might be good enough for back-to-back gold medals. But rather Ringer had to settle for back-to-back silver medals as his high school career happened to line up with that of South Fayette's Stephen Zombek, now a two-time WPIAL gold medalist.

After scoring a 342.65 last year to win silver, Ringer upped his score to a 372.65, but so did Zombek. Ringer made Zombek work for his WPIAL gold. Through nine dives of the 11-dive meet, Ringer was within 14.5 points of the South Fayette senior. But Ringer was unable to close the gap. By virtue of his second-place finish, Ringer has qualified for the PIAA Class AA diving championships March 12 at Bucknell University.

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Hockey: Strong Bobcats season comes to end

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Prior to this season, Beaver hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2008.

But the Bobcats finished this season 12-10, including a first-round playoff win against Peters Township’s Open Class team before falling in the Southwest Conference playoffs to top-seeded Harbor Creek, 9-3, Tuesday night.

The Bobcats won just five of 20 game last season, but improved their goal differential from minus-89 last regular season to plus-27 in the 2013-14 regular season.

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Swimming: Beaver's Ringer repeats as MAC diving champion

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Two years after settling for bronze at the MAC Diving Championships, Beaver Area senior Micah Ringer captured his second consecutive gold medal and did so in style, improving on his own meet record and setting the pool record. Ringer's 11-dive score of 349.70 outpaced the field including second-place finisher West Allegheny senior Ty Tracy (263.10) and Moon Area junior Mitch Skidmore (233.40). Skidmore was diving at his home pool but it was Ringer who look right at home through his 11 dives. He improved on his meet record set in 2013 of 343.10 and easily crushed the 2012 pool record of 144.90.

Ringer is now one of the co-favorites at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships this weekend at South Park along with South Fayette's Stephen Zombek. Ringer qualified for states last season where he finished in the top six.

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Swimming: Beaver appears to have a Ringer at MAC championships

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Beaver Area's Micah Ringer heads into the MAC Diving Championships as a heavy favorite to repeat. Ringer won the competition last year and most of the top contenders from the Midwestern Athletic Conference have graduated. Ringer will be one of eight divers at the event that begins Friday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. The MAC Championships will be hosted by Moon High School this year. Ringer's biggest challenge will likely come from a hometown diver in Moon junior Mitch Skidmore who will be diving in his home pool.