Girls Tennis: Beaver junior captures WPIAL title

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Keith Barnes profiles Beaver tennis player Anne Taylor.

2015 0925 Beaver GTennis(Photo: Beaver Area's Anne Taylor returns a shot against Carlynton's Hannah Phillips in the WPIAL Class AA championship Tuesday at North Allegheny. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Last season Anne Taylor was the No. 2 singles player for Beaver Area and barely made it out of her section before she was knocked off in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament.

What a difference a year makes.

Not only has the Bobcats junior taken over the No. 1 slot on her team in a preseason battle with teammate Moriah Bridges, she went into the WPIAL singles tournament Monday as the No. 3 seed. To top it off, she wrapped up her whirlwind start with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) upset of top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton Tuesday at North Allegheny to become the first Beaver singles player to win the title since freshman Alexandra Kaluza defeated teammate Kristi Borza, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in 2002.

"Coming into a tournament like this, after not making it past the first round last year, is a little intimidating," Taylor said. "After winning the section, I was able to put a lot of confidence in me and I thought I was going to do pretty well.""


Girls Tennis: Beaver’s Taylor wins first WPIAL title

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Annie Taylor has had an incredible year since losing in the first round of the 2014 WPIAL Class AA singles tournament.


Immediately after, she and her sister Mattie finished third in Section 2 doubles, rallied for a runner-up finish at the WPIAL Class AA tournament and came in second in the state.


This year, she not only won the section singles title, she came into the WPIAL finals as the No. 3 seed and promptly knocked off top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to win the school’s first singles title since Alexandra Kaluza in 2002.



Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete – Beaver junior Moriah Bridges

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Name: Moriah Bridges

School: Beaver

Grade: 11

Sport: Tennis


Background: Finished third in the Section 2 singles tournament and qualified for the WPIAL Class AA singles finals. Won a first round match against Maria Palumbo of Derry and took top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton to task before losing, 10-7, in a pro-set quarterfinal round match. Could be a contender for the section doubles tournament next week.


Alumni Update - Allie Schmid (Grove City)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College volleyball team opened its 2015 home schedule Wednesday night by pulling out a 26-24,Schmid GC 25-21, 22-25, 26-24 Presidents' Athletic Conference victory over Saint Vincent at the Grove City College Arena.

Freshman setter Allie Schmid, a Beaver graduate, posted 23 assists for the Wolverines.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Cross Country: Beaver boys take second at Slippery Rock Invitational

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The Beaver boys cross country team took second place at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Saturday. The Bobcats finished just 19 points behind Knoch with 91 points.

Sean Rendar and Riley Lamison ran in tandem as the first two runners to cross the line for Beaver. The duo finished within two seconds of each other, taking fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Jake Pittner finished in 12th place with a time of 17:42.2. Pittner's brother, Luke, took 33rd place.

David Blum rounded out Beaver's top five with a 41st-place finish.