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.