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Swimming: Beaver girls post strong showing against Class AA power

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Competing against one of the WPIAL Class AA title favorites, the Beaver Area girls hung with West Allegheny for a majority of their competitive dual meet late last month. Thanks to strong swims, competitive relays and decent depth, the Bobcats had a strong showing, compiling up 72 points while West Allegheny had 94.

Beaver Area started the meet with a second-place 200 medley relay swam by Lena Clerici, Alyssa Quillin, Sydney Johnston and Gwen Bogaczyk. The foursome would rack up most of Beaver's points during the meet including the best Beaver showing of the evening with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Individually, Johnston took second in the 200 freestyle while Clerici took second in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.

The Bobcats had a particularly strong showing in the 50 freestyle with Bogaczyk, Carly Ferrend and Ally Antoline finishing 3-4-5 and all scoring points for the Bobcats. Hadley Neish and Rachel Kullen finished second and fourth respectively in diving.

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Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Micah Ringer, Beaver

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Name: Micah Ringer
High School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Diving

Micah Ringer has slowly climbed the standings at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships since his sophomore year when he made his WPIAL debut. Ringer scored a 268.30 in 2012 to finish fifth at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships. Even with all four divers who finished ahead of him, returning in 2013, Ringer was able to climb up to second place last year, as he upped his score to 342.65.

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Hockey: Beaver moves into fifth

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After beating Central Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in its last two contests, Beaver has moved up into a tie for fifth in the Southwestern Conference of the Open Class.

Beaver (10-7) has 20 points, the same total as Erie McDowell and two points behind fourth-place Blackhawk. The Bobcats will take on McDowell in their next game, which is Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Erie.

McDowell is 2-0 against Beaver this season, beating the Bobcats, 5-3 on Nov. 4 and 5-1 on Jan. 23.

Ryan Hartman and Antoni Chirgott lead Beaver with 35 points apiece. Chirgott has scored at least four points in three of Beaver’s last four games.

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Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Lexi Posset

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Name: Lexi Posset
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Point guard

Background Info: Lexi is a second-year starter for the Bobcats and is a one of the two captains on this year's team. She currently is averaging 22.6 points and 3 steals per game. Lexi was the MVP of Section 6-AA a year ago. She is a member of the Beaver Area High School Junior ROTC.

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete — Beaver’s Ryan Hartman

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Ryan Hartman
School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Position: Forward
Sport: Hockey

Background: Hartman leads Beaver in goals (17) and points (25) this season. His 17 goals are tied for eighth in the Open Class. He recorded his third hat trick of the season in a five-point performance against Central Valley last Thursday.

Beaver coach Chris Albright: "Ryan's definitely a top-notch player and is also a very emotional player, which is want you want in a leader."