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Softball: First WPIAL title in hand, Beaver turns attention to states

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Beaver has secured the first WPIAL softball championship in program history. Now the Bobcats hope to make a run at the program's first ever PIAA softball championship. That long journey begins on Monday in the PIAA first round when Beaver plays District 5 champion Everett at North Allegheny High School at 5 p.m.

As far as what Beaver knows about their next opponent, coach Butch Rousseau had not yet got around to scouting on Saturday.

"Absolutely nothing," Rousseau said of his knowledge of Everett. "We have been trying."

After an off day Friday following the championship, the Bobcats scrimmaged South Side Beaver on Saturday to prepare for the state playoffs.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Chris DiNuzzo

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Name: Chris DiNuzzo
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Events: Discus, shot put and javelin

Background Info: DiNuzzo placed sixth in the javelin at the PIAA Class AA championships after placing first at the WPIAL championships with a throw of 171 feet, 10 inches. Last year, DiNuzzo placed fifth in the javelin at the WPIAL championships.

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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Casey Farkasovsky

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Name: Casey Farkasovsky
High School: Beaver Area
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background Info: Beaver Area sophomore pitcher Casey Farkasovsky emerged as one of the top pitchers in the WPIAL this season. She finished the regular season 13-0 with 102 strikeouts and has led her team to the WPIAL Class AA championship. In the WPIAL semifinals, Farkasovsky was the winning pitcher in a 2-1 triumph against Keystone Oaks. The sophomore pitcher struck out 10. Farkasovsky has done plenty with her bat too. She hit eight home runs this season for the second year in a row.

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Softball: Beaver achieves goals one at a time

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

2014 0522 Beaver Softball(Photo: Sophomore right-hander Casey Farkasovsky has led Beaver to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"Like many teams, the Beaver Area High School softball team had a preseason goal to finish the regular season undefeated.

Also like many teams, that goal was put into peril very early in the season.

In the second game of the season the Bobcats entered the seventh inning of a game on the road against Mohawk trailing, 2-1. Sophomore Ashley Kondracki stepped up with a game-tying solo home run to force extra innings and Beaver would ultimately win, 3-2, in nine innings.

Just like that, the Bobcats were 2-0. The next 10 regular-season wins would lack most of that drama."

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Baseball: Beaver matures into tough opponent

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver baseball team.

2014 0515 Beaver Baseball(Photo: Beaver's Alex Rowse, tagging out Quaker Valley's Alex Tanabe during a PIAA playoff game last year, has been a key returnee for the Bobcats this season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"After reaching last year's Class AA state baseball championship with a veteran-loaded lineup, Bruce Herstine knew his Beaver Area team would have to put in a lot of work in order to compete this season.

He just didn't know how long it would take before actually witnessing positive results.

"The kids wanted to win from day one, but they just didn't know how," Herstine said. "The younger kids weren't hitting at all. Once they started getting a few hits and knew they could hit at this level, everything started to roll."

The Bobcats (10-5) opened their schedule losing five of six games, which included four losses against Section 5-AA opponents, before bouncing back with an impressive nine-game winning streak."