Boys Basketball: Beaver has big week

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Beaver Area head coach Andy Podbielski understands the significance of playing in a tough section – he remembers when his dad, Dave, coached at Beaver Falls and the Tigers played in what was called a "super-section." Still the younger Podbielski didn't ease up on his team in the non-conference break over the holidays.

Beaver played a pair of one loss Class AA teams on the road and won them both – 62-47 over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at the Mohawk Tournament and 51-50 over Neshannock at Neshannock. A key part of the success for the Bobcats, now 6-4 overall, has been more balanced scoring.

Sophomore Darius Wise (he still averages around 20) had been carrying the scoring load earlier but lately, seniors Austin Saal (16 against Neshannock) and Nick Barney (15 against Neshannock) have been scoring more and the Bobcats have been having success.

Podbielski will be having flashbacks of that "super section" next week as his team travels to Beaver Falls and New Castle in the same week.


Hockey: Bobcats virtual lock for playoffs

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Beaver is in an interesting position in the PIHL Class B developmental division.


On the one hand, the Bobcats are in the precarious position of being in seventh place and currently hold the final playoff spot. On the other, Beaver needs to totally collapse or have the Penn-Trafford-B or Upper St. Clair-B teams come out of the basement with a vengeance to miss out on the postseason.


With the preconceptions of going out and trying to make the playoffs all but out of the way, all the Bobcats have to worry about is their seeding heading into the tournament. That could be a bit more problematic.


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Darius Wise, Beaver

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Name: Darius Wise
High School: Beaver Area
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point guard

Background: Darius Wise had an outstanding football season despite missing time with an injury but is in peak form for basketball season as the Bobcats compete for a playoff spot in a section with two defending WPIAL champions (Central Valley and New Castle). Despite being the point guard and usually the shortest player on the court, Wise is averaging over 20 points per game and has already recorded double-doubles with as many as 11 rebounds.


Alumni Update - Dustin Rogalla (Mercyhurst)

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DANBURY, Conn - Three members of the Mercyhurst University football team were honored with majorRogalla Mercyhurst postseason awards from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.

Head coach Marty Schaetzle was named the ECAC Division II Coach of the Year, senior free safety Colin Kimball earned the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dustin Rogalla was named the Rookie of the Year. Representatives from ECAC Division II member institutions completed the voting.

Rogalla, a graduate of Beaver High School, earned the first postseason honor of his career with his selection as the ECAC Rookie of the Year.


Wrestling: Baptist minister has calling as Beaver coach, too

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Ken Wunderley profiles Beaver wrestling coach Dale Regner. Read his story below.

Dale Regner considers himself "an interim coach," even though he's entering his third season as the varsity wrestling coach at Beaver Area High School.

Perhaps that attitude might have something to do with his "day job."

Regner loves the sport of wrestling, but his calling is as a Baptist minister.

"I'm the pastor of Cannelton Baptist Church, which is located in Darlington, near Beaver Falls," Regner said. "I've been the pastor there for 27 years."