Hockey: Beaver soaring to new heights

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.

"Beaver Area got everything it could have hoped for in its final game before the holiday break.

Not only did the Bobcats exact a bit of revenge when they knocked off Carrick (9-3-0), which shut them out in the first meeting between the two, they were able to move into sole possession of first place with 16 days off before they have to take the ice again.

"Honestly it's not something that we're focused on because we have a saying that it's all about the effort, because it's all about the effort because that's the only thing we can control," coach Vince Dioguardi said. "We can't control the way the puck bounces and the referees and things of that nature and yeah, the kids are happy about it, but it's not something that we're focused on."

One of the major reasons why Beaver (10-2-0) is atop the Division 2, Class B standings is because of its outstanding goaltending tandem of James Soisson and Turner Anthony, who have alternated through the first 12 games. Soisson, a senior, is 6-1-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average that is second in the classification to Carrick's Nathan Norkevicus among goaltenders with at least five starts. Anthony is 4-1-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage that ranks him fifth."


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Darius Wise

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Name: Darius Wise
High School: Beaver Area
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: An outstanding football player who both rushed and passed for 1,000 yards this past season, Wise has expanded his repertoire on the basketball court as well. He has averaged 20 points per game in each of the past two seasons and is among the leading scorers in the WPIAL again. Monday night, though, he showed that he can do more than score as he scored just eight points but recorded nine assists in a win over Western Beaver.


Hockey: Bobcats take control of division

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After a 5-0 loss to Carrick earlier this season, Beaver had every opportunity to get down on itself.


Instead the Bobcats became more drive.


On Tuesday, Beaver overcame its toughest rival and moved into first place in Division II, Class B with a 2-0 victory over Carrick. The Bobcats (10-2-0) hold a two-point lead over Carrick and Meadville as the teams head into the holiday break.


Beaver, which got goals from Evan Kolmlenic and Donnie Morgan, in the win on Tuesday, will not play again until Jan. 7 when it hosts Elizabeth Forward.


Wrestling: Beaver wrestler hoping move pays off

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Ken Wunderley profiles Beaver wrestler Sam Talorico. Read his story below.

2015 1218 Beaver Wrestling(Photo: Beaver Area's Sam Talorico, behind, is happy to be back in Pennsylvania after a brief move to Alabama. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Sam Talorico has wrestled in a state tournament before, but not in Pennsylvania.

Talorico, a senior at Beaver Area High School, wrestled in Alabama during his sophomore year.

"Our family moved to Alabama prior to my sophomore year," Talorico said. "My brother Aidan and I attended Auburn High School and we both qualified for the state tournament."

Aidan, a senior at the time, won an Alabama state title at 170 pounds. Sam competed at 132 and compiled a 25-7 record, but fell short of placing at the state tournament.


Hockey: 7-game win streak has Beaver tied atop standings

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All of a sudden, Carrick is not unbeatable and Beaver is taking full advantage.


Not only have the Bobcats won their last seven games, they have moved into a first-place tie with Carrick as the season reaches its midpoint.

And Beaver (9-2-0) will have an opportunity to head into the holiday break with first place all to itself if it can defeat Carrick (9-2-0) when the two teams meet on Tuesday.


Beaver is, by far, the highest scoring team in Division 2 with 92 goals in just 11 games. Evan Komlenic and Ryan Hartman lead a balanced group of scorers with 13 goals and 29 points, while goaltenders James Soisson and Turner Anthony have effectively split time and both have goals-against averages under 2.25.