Baseball: Beaver charging late

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Last season, Beaver Area won the WPIAL Class AA Championship and reached the PIAA title game but almost that entire team graduated. With just a few veterans returning, the inexperience showed early as the Bobcats lost five of their first six games.

At that point, only the most die-hard of Beaver fans were talking about the playoffs as the Bobcats lost their fourth game by three touchdowns at home – 21-0 to Ellwood City – and then lost to Riverside 12-4. That bandwagon is starting to get crowded now as the Bobcats haven't lost since. Now 6-4 in Section 5-AA play, Beaver is in control of a playoff spot.

In the five-game surge, Beaver has scored 62 runs and two of the wins have come against Shenango, the team chasing Beaver in the standings, giving the Bobcats a key tie-breaker. In its last win, a 5-2 game at Shenango that moved the Bobcats into the drivers' seat, senior Jake Hannan pitched a complete game and Mike Valent had the big hit. Last year, both learned by watching.


Tennis: Bobcats stay strong with five new starters

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Behind section singles champion Connor Shallcross, the senior-laden Beaver boys tennis team finished second in Class AA Section 2 last season and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Beaver lost five starters from that team, including Shallcross, but the team is in the same position this season — second behind Blackhawk.

The team’s two returning starters, sophomores Jon Tetrick and Devin Dikec, are playing in the top two singles players. They started at No. 2 doubles last year.


Boys Tennis: Beaver reloads on the run

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Ryan Riordan profiles the Beaver boys tennis team.

"The Beaver Area boys tennis team has advanced to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals each of the past four seasons.

But with six of its top nine players, including all of its top five, having graduated after last season, the Bobcats were expected to take a step back this season.

Yet, as the regular season proceeds, Beaver is once again cruising along with just one loss on its resume entering this week.

"I've been pleasantly surprised," Beaver coach Riley Baker said. "You lose the quality of players we had last year and you think you may not be as successful. But we're doing quite well.""



Track: Beaver girls win Beaver County Invitational

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The Beaver girls used last Saturday's Beaver County Invitational to prepare for the team playoffs, finishing in first place.

"I explained to them it's point for point in the playoffs," head coach Jason Gallagher said. "They came out on the track eager."

The Lady Bobcats (144) finished in front of Riverside (111) and Central Valley (57).

Junior Ruthe Neeley took two golds and a silver. She was also a part of the winning 1,600 relay team.


Softball: West Feature Athlete - Casey Farkasovsky, Beaver

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Name: Casey Farkasovsky
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background info: Casey Farkasovsky is a returning pitcher this season for Beaver. She pitched all but one game last season during her freshman campaign and helped lead the Bobcats to the WPIAL semifinals. This season she has been helping her cause at the plate too, she has hit two home runs.