Girls Tennis: Beaver duo reaches PIAA tournament

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Beaver tennis tandem who qualified for the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. Click here to read his story.

"Mattie Taylor and Moriah Bridges came up short in their quest to win the WPIAL Class AA doubles title last Thursday, but the Beaver Area players were still excited to make travel plans to Hershey in early November.

Taylor and Bridges won three matches at the WPIAL doubles tournament before falling in the championship match to defending champions Jappman Monga and Amy Cheng of Sewickley Academy, 6-2, 6-2.

"I'm filled with excitement to go to Hershey," said Taylor, a junior. "To get this far with such a young partner, with Moriah being a freshman, is just so much fun."

The Beaver duo had never played doubles together in a competition prior to the Class AA Section 2 tournament, which the pair won easily. But the two have known each other for years, so they said it didn't take long for them to click."


Football: Beaver's Rowse on record pace

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Last season, Alex Rowse was undefeated as a starting quarterback, winning all five games he started. In those wins, however, he accumulated zero touchdown passes as the Bobcats relied on a running game for its wins.

This year, though, the Bobcats have utilized a more wide-open attack and Rowse has adapted readily. In the first six games – four of them wins – Rowse has passed 165 times, completing 106 (a 64.2% completion rate). He has passed for 1583 yards and an amazing 27 touchdown passes to his credit and has been intercepted just twice.

Rating quarterbacks has always been a challenge – so much a challenge that the NFL and NCAA use different formulae. Either way, Rowe's numbers are impressive – by the NFL system his rating is 130.13 and, according to the NCAA, it is 196.41.


Girls Tennis: Bridges, Taylor to play in final

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Prior to 2013, the last Beaver girls tennis player to advance to Hershey for the PIAA singles or doubles tournament was Kimmy Borza in singles in 2008.

Moriah Bridges and Mattie Taylor changed that Wednesday.

The Bobcats duo won three matches to advance to today’s WPIAL Class AA doubles championship. They will play defending WPIAL champion Amy Cheng and Jappman Monga of Sewickley Academy.

The top three finishers in WPIAL Class AA advance to the PIAA tournament in Hershey Nov. 1-2, so Bridges and Taylor will play at states regardless of today’s outcome.


Girls Tennis: Beaver sends two teams to WPIAL doubles tourney

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The Beaver girls tennis team sent two teams to the Class AA Section 2 doubles tournament, and those two teams played for the title Wednesday.

The Bobcats’ No. 1 doubles team of Moriah Bridges and Mattie Taylor defeated the team’s No. 2 team of Anne Taylor and Katherine Deitrick, 7-5, 6-3, in the championship match.

Mattie Taylor, a junior, and Anne Taylor, a freshman, are sisters.

“I was hoping it would be competitive, and it was,” said Beaver coach Riley Baker. “I was happy with the way both teams they played.”



Cross Country: O'Neil, Lamison lead Bobcats

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The Bobcats had a respectable finish last week at the Slippery Rock Invitational, placing in 20th place for the girls and boys with 524 and 616 points, respectively.

Rachel O’Neil was the first Bobcat to cross the finish line with a time of 22:01.

Sophomore Riley Lamison led the boys with a 17th place finish with a time of 17:35.