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Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete — Beaver’s Anne Taylor

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Name: Anne Taylor
School: Beaver
Grade: 9
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Taylor plays No. 3 singles for Beaver. She and her sister, junior Mattie Taylor, won their singles matches in Beaver’s 3-2 loss to Ellis School in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals Monday. Taylor also finished second in the Class AA Section 2 doubles tournament with teammate Katherine Deitrick, which qualified the duo for the WPIAL tournament.

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Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Tyler Grimm

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Name: Tyler Grimm
High School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer

Background info: After being forced to make a midseason change to sophomore Kyle Grimm at goalkeeper, Beaver rallied around the change and focused on defense. The shift in emphasis worked wonders for the Bobcats' success as the team won six of its last eight games, including a five-game winning streak that vaulted the team into a playoff spot. In that five-game streak, Beaver allowed just two goals and just seven goals in the last eight games. Senior captain Tyler Grimm has taken charge of the defense, making things easier for his younger brother in goal.

Coach Scott Hazuda said: "Tyler has played exceptionally well and he is an exceptionally strong captain. He made the switch to sweeper last year and really took to it. Even when we've struggled to score, I haven't been tempted to switch him back. He has a very good soccer IQ and has been the leader of the defense as the defense has buckled down. We were a very young team at the beginning of the year and I knew we'd have to battle for a playoff spot. It has been and I'm proud of the way we've played."

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Football: Beaver passing game develops into threat

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Beaver football team. Click here to read his story.

"The art of the passing game has evolved throughout the years in high school football.

Fans and analysts used to look at the percentage of run versus pass and a staggering advantage went to the ground game. Not so much anymore.

Although a handful of teams continue to display their ground-and-pound system, more teams have decided to open up their game and take advantage of their skill players sprinting down the field.

A perfect example of how this change has occurred is happening right now with the members of the Beaver Area football team."

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Girls Tennis: Beaver duo reaches PIAA tournament

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Beaver tennis tandem who qualified for the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. Click here to read his story.

"Mattie Taylor and Moriah Bridges came up short in their quest to win the WPIAL Class AA doubles title last Thursday, but the Beaver Area players were still excited to make travel plans to Hershey in early November.

Taylor and Bridges won three matches at the WPIAL doubles tournament before falling in the championship match to defending champions Jappman Monga and Amy Cheng of Sewickley Academy, 6-2, 6-2.

"I'm filled with excitement to go to Hershey," said Taylor, a junior. "To get this far with such a young partner, with Moriah being a freshman, is just so much fun."

The Beaver duo had never played doubles together in a competition prior to the Class AA Section 2 tournament, which the pair won easily. But the two have known each other for years, so they said it didn't take long for them to click."

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Football: Beaver's Rowse on record pace

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Last season, Alex Rowse was undefeated as a starting quarterback, winning all five games he started. In those wins, however, he accumulated zero touchdown passes as the Bobcats relied on a running game for its wins.

This year, though, the Bobcats have utilized a more wide-open attack and Rowse has adapted readily. In the first six games – four of them wins – Rowse has passed 165 times, completing 106 (a 64.2% completion rate). He has passed for 1583 yards and an amazing 27 touchdown passes to his credit and has been intercepted just twice.

Rating quarterbacks has always been a challenge – so much a challenge that the NFL and NCAA use different formulae. Either way, Rowe's numbers are impressive – by the NFL system his rating is 130.13 and, according to the NCAA, it is 196.41.