Track: Beaver’s Ledbetter keeps on getting better

Written by Brad Everett on .

After winning one event and finishing third in another at last year's WPIAL Class AA championships, the question might have been "How much better can Emily Ledbetter get?"

The senior standout at Beaver has answered that question not with her words, but with her legs this spring, and her times in the 100, 200 and 400 have her looking like a WPIAL title contender in all three events.

Ledbetter might have been at her best at the MAC Championships on April 27 at Mars. Ledbetter was sensational, winning all three of her top events, while setting school and meet records in the 400. She also helped Beaver's 1,600 relay team place second. Her performance earned her track MVP honors.

Three days later, Ledbetter and her teammates competed in the Franklin Invitational. Ledbetter won the 100 and led the 1,600 relay team to a first-place finish, as well.


Alumni Update - Emily Forner (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GRANVILLE, Ohio –Behind nine top-five performances and a quartet of all-conference finishers, the Allegheny women's track and fieldForner AC team placed fourth at the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Denison University.

The Gators finished the two-day event with 105 points, their highest NCAC Championship total since 2011, to place fourth in the eight-team field.  Ohio Wesleyan repeated as conference champs with 179 points, followed by second-place Denison (139) and third-place Oberlin (121).

Four days after being named the 2016 Allegheny Female Newcomer of the Year at the Gator Student-Athlete Awards Celebration, freshman Emily Forner led the day two charge for the Gators.  

Forner, a Beaver graduate, earned a pair of All-NCAC accolades, garnering a total of 16 points on the day.  She opened the afternoon by placing second in the 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:40.28, before also taking runner-up honors in the 5,000 with a time of 18:01.08, less than a half-second out of first place.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Softball: Beaver ahead for now in tightly packed Section 1-AAA

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

No team is unbeaten in Section 1-AAA. No team is winless. Only 1.5 games separated first place from last place. There is no section race quite like the one ongoing in that section. Beaver Area (5-4, 3-1) has the early advantage but it certainly is early. Ambridge (4-3, 2-1), New Castle (6-4, 2-2), Central Valley (5-6, 2-3), Hopewell (3-4, 2-3) and Blackhawk (2-5, 2-3) are all worthy contenders.

The Bobcats are still the team to beat and not just because of their record. Beaver has continued to be a contender over the last four years thanks to junior catcher Tayven Rousseau and senior pitcher Casey Farkasovsky. Rousseau, a Saint Francis recruit, bats leadoff for Beaver. She is batting over .500 and well on her way to being named to the all-section team again. Her grandfather, Butch Rousseau, coaches the team. Farkasovsky is a three-time all section choice.


Boys Tennis: Beaver's Tetrick breaks through with tournament win

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Jon Tetrick has gotten tough draws in the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament before, which is one of the reasons why he has never been able to make it out of the first round.

All that changed this time around.

Tetrick, the No. 1 player for Beaver, received another brutal slot when he went in as the No. 10 seed in the tournament.

But this time, he was able to pull out a 10-7 victory over seventh-seeded Nathan Moss of Winchester Thurston for his first – and as it turned out only – WPIAL singles tournament win. He lost in the second round of the tournament to eventual runner-up Luke Phillips of Carlynton, 10-1, in the quarterfinals.


Track: Beaver’s Wise continues to be a three-sport star

Written by Brad Everett on .

No matter the time of year, a certain Wise guy produces big-time performances.

Darius Wise is known best for his excellence in football and basketball, but this Beaver junior continues his assault on the track, too. Wise won the 100, 200 and also helped Beaver's 1,600 relay team take first place at the Warrior Classic at Central Valley last Saturday. His time of 11.12 in the 100 was a meet record.

A year ago, Wise raced to a third-place finish in the 100 at the WPIAL Class AA championships and finished seventh at the PIAA championships. He also helped Beaver win its second consecutive WPIAL team championship.

Wise has several Division I offers in football, the latest coming from Miami (Ohio). Wise rushed for 1,522 yards and 29 touchdowns, and passed 1,145 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall. He averaged 24 points per game in basketball.