Girls Tennis: It's tough to single out Beaver's success

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver girls tennis team.

"There is no doubt singles are the strength of the Beaver Area girls tennis team.

Not only do the Bobcats have the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion in junior Anne Taylor, the No. 2 and No. 3 players, junior Moriah Bridges and freshman Devyn Campbell, teamed up to finish third in the WPIAL at the Class AA doubles tournament and earned a berth in the PIAA Class AA finals Nov. 6-7 at Hershey Racquet Club.

Before the three have to compete individually at the facility, they will get a preview when Beaver Area plays at 6:30 p.m. today in the PIAA Class AA team quarterfinals. Having three outstanding singles players is nothing to be scoffed at, but to win at the state level, a team needs to be able to fill out its roster and play competitively in the two doubles.

"Our doubles usually win and, when we played Quaker Valley [in a section match] we won both, so that's where your depth comes in," Beaver Area coach Riley Baker said. "As good as your players are up top, you're going to be playing teams that have good players up top, too, so sometimes it's your doubles that have to pull you through.""



Girls Tennis: Beaver rolls in PIAA opener

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After a four year absence from the PIAA Class AA team playoffs, Beaver Area wasn’t about to get knocked out in the preliminary round.

On Tuesday, the Bobcats easily rolled to a 5-0 victory over District 9 champion St. Marys, at The Club in Monroeville. With the victory they will now have the opportunity to play on Friday at Hershey Racquet Club in the state quarterfinals.

And Beaver Area will have to wait a little while before it plays.


Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete – Beaver Area junior Moriah Bridges

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Name: Moriah Bridges
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Teamed with freshman Devyn Campbell to finish third in the WPIAL and earn a spot in the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. Is the No. 2 player on the Bobcats has been invaluable in helping the team make it to the state quarterfinals on Friday, where they will play District 11 champion Notre Dame-Green Pond, a 3-2 winner against District 4 champion South Williamsport in the preliminary round.


Cross Country: Beaver boys top the field at Freedom Invitational

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The Beaver Area boys varsity cross country team won the Freedom Invitational on Wednesday.

Sean Rendar was the first Bobcat to cross the line in seventh place. The sophomore completed the Brush Creek Park 5K course in 17:47. Riley Lamison finished five seconds behind Rendar in eighth place.

Dom Perretta of Beaver Falls won the race with a time of 17:04.

Jake Pittner was the third Bobcat to cross the line in 11th place with a time of 18:01. His brother, Luke, grabbed a spot in the top 20 with an 18th-place finish.