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Baseball: Beaver matures into tough opponent

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver baseball team.

2014 0515 Beaver Baseball(Photo: Beaver's Alex Rowse, tagging out Quaker Valley's Alex Tanabe during a PIAA playoff game last year, has been a key returnee for the Bobcats this season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"After reaching last year's Class AA state baseball championship with a veteran-loaded lineup, Bruce Herstine knew his Beaver Area team would have to put in a lot of work in order to compete this season.

He just didn't know how long it would take before actually witnessing positive results.

"The kids wanted to win from day one, but they just didn't know how," Herstine said. "The younger kids weren't hitting at all. Once they started getting a few hits and knew they could hit at this level, everything started to roll."

The Bobcats (10-5) opened their schedule losing five of six games, which included four losses against Section 5-AA opponents, before bouncing back with an impressive nine-game winning streak."

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Track: Beaver trio leads pack in 400-meter dash

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Brittany Goncar profiles Beaver's trio of standout 400-meter runners.

"Beaver Area reaped the benefits of top talent this year.

Sprinters Ruthe Neeley, Emily Ledbetter and Sarah Johnson take the top three spots on the Class AA Honor Roll list in the 400-meter dash.

All three athletes qualified to compete in the 400 at the WPIAL AA Southern Qualifier last Tuesday. Only Neeley competed in that event, however. She ran a state-qualifying time of 58.28 seconds for first place. A junior from Brighton Township, she also placed second in the 800.

Neeley will move on to defend her 400-meter title in the WPIAL Class AA championships today at Baldwin."

 

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Track: Beaver boys capture WPIAL team title

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Beaver Area boys won the WPIAL Class AA team title Monday at Baldwin. They defeated Mohawk, Riverside and South Side Beaver.

The Bobcats received first-place performances from Riley Lamison (1,600 and 3,200-meter runs), Alex Tolbert (300 hurdles) and Chris Dinuzzo (javelin).

Riverside finished second, defeating South Side and Mohawk. Austin Sheridan set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 167 feet, 8 inches. Denes Veres formerly held the record at 163-7.

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Track: Beaver trio at the head of the class in 400-meter dash

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Beaver sprinters Ruthe Neeley, Emily Ledbetter and Sarah Johnson find themselves in the top three spots on the Class AA Honor Roll list in the 400-meter dash.

All three athletes qualified to compete in the 400 at the WPIAL AA Southern Qualifier last Tuesday. However, only Neeley competed in the event. She ran a qualifying time of 58.28 seconds for first place. She placed second in the 800.

Johnson's primary events are the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. The sophomore ran a first-place qualifying time of 46.23 in the 300 hurdles. She placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Ledbetter finished sixth in the 100 and second in the 200 with a time of 26.24.

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Softball: Beaver storms into playoffs with unbeaten record

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There are only two unbeaten teams in the WPIAL entering the playoffs and both are in WPIAL Class AA where No. 1 Beaver Area (13-0) and No. 2 Deer Lakes (15-0) enter the playoffs with perfect records. The decision to give the Bobcats the No. 1 seed was a big deal considering they are the only team in the field to receive a first-round bye. Deer Lakes will have to play No. 15 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart while the Bobcats get a pass to the WPIAL quarterfinals where they will play the winner of No. 8 Burrell and No. 9 Steel Valley.