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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

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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.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Ruthe Neeley

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Name: Ruthe Neeley
School: Beaver Area
Grade: 11
Events: 200, 400, 800, 400 relay and 1,600 relay

Background Info: Neeley is the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion in the 400 and ran on the winning 400 relay team. She is currently slated in the No. 1 spot on Jim Faiella's Honor Roll list with a time of 57.1 seconds in the 400.

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Baseball: Beaver charging late

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Last season, Beaver Area won the WPIAL Class AA Championship and reached the PIAA title game but almost that entire team graduated. With just a few veterans returning, the inexperience showed early as the Bobcats lost five of their first six games.

At that point, only the most die-hard of Beaver fans were talking about the playoffs as the Bobcats lost their fourth game by three touchdowns at home – 21-0 to Ellwood City – and then lost to Riverside 12-4. That bandwagon is starting to get crowded now as the Bobcats haven't lost since. Now 6-4 in Section 5-AA play, Beaver is in control of a playoff spot.

In the five-game surge, Beaver has scored 62 runs and two of the wins have come against Shenango, the team chasing Beaver in the standings, giving the Bobcats a key tie-breaker. In its last win, a 5-2 game at Shenango that moved the Bobcats into the drivers' seat, senior Jake Hannan pitched a complete game and Mike Valent had the big hit. Last year, both learned by watching.

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Tennis: Bobcats stay strong with five new starters

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Behind section singles champion Connor Shallcross, the senior-laden Beaver boys tennis team finished second in Class AA Section 2 last season and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Beaver lost five starters from that team, including Shallcross, but the team is in the same position this season — second behind Blackhawk.

The team’s two returning starters, sophomores Jon Tetrick and Devin Dikec, are playing in the top two singles players. They started at No. 2 doubles last year.