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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Casey Farkasovsky, Beaver (2015)

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Name: Casey Farkasovsky
High School: Beaver Area
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background: Beaver Area junior Casey Farkasovsky is one of the best pitcher/hitter combo players in the WPIAL this season. She is one of seven starters back from the defending WPIAL Class AA champions. She was 15-1 last season while hitting eight home runs at the plate, batting third for Beaver. In a section contest against New Castle this season she fired a three-hitter while striking out 13 in a 2-0 home win.

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Softball: Beaver moves up a class

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There will be a new WPIAL Class AA softball champion this year. And if Beaver has anything to say about it, there will be a new WPIAL Class AAA champion too. The Bobcats move up in class for the first time in program history after capturing the WPIAL Class AA title last season.

Beaver was undefeated against the WPIAL last season, losing only in the PIAA quarterfinals to Phillipsburg-Osceola. It finished 17-1, capturing a Section 5-AA title and WPIAL title.

"Naturally they would love trying to defend the title again in Double-A," coach Butch Rousseau said. "But we are kind of anxious to move on. We know what we have to do, now we are just trying to accomplish some new things."

Beaver is ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette preseason rankings behind only another defending WPIAL champion, Thomas Jefferson who won the title in Class AAA last year.

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Softball: After winning title, Beaver steps up

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

"While his team would have liked the opportunity to defend its WPIAL Class AA title, Butch Rousseau is well aware that as far as timing is concerned, this season is an opportune one to step up in class.

Beaver Area was undefeated against WPIAL teams last season, losing only in the PIAA quarterfinals to Phillipsburg-Osceola. It finished 17-1, capturing a Section 5-AA title and the WPIAL championship.

"Naturally, they would love trying to defend the title again in Double-A," Rousseau said. "But we are kind of [eager] to move on. We know what we have to do, now we are just trying to accomplish some new things."

Seven starters are back from that title team, including junior Casey Farkasovsky, one of the best pitchers and hitters in the WPIAL. She was 15-1 in the pitching circle last season while hitting eight home runs batting in the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the Bobcats."

 

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Track: Champion sprinter on the mend for Beaver

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Justin Criado profiles Beaver track standout Ruthe Neeley.

2015 0403 Beaver GTrack(Photo: Beaver Area's Ruthe Neeley has battled back from a torn ACL injury as she tries to defend her WPIAL Class AA title in the 400-meter run. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Recovery time for an athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament usually lasts anywhere from six months to a year.

The most commonly injured ligament of the four ligaments that stabilize the knee, the ACL primarily affects lateral, cutting motions such as a running back reversing fields suddenly or a basketball player making a quick move.

Unfortunately for Beaver's Ruthe Neeley, she sustained the injury in mid-December during basketball season. But that hasn't necessarily stopped her from trying to defend her WPIAL track crown this spring. The 2014 Class AA 400-meter champ has already been cleared to run with the team in her quest to return to the PIAA meet and help Beaver improve on its WPIAL runner-up finish a year ago.

"There's a good chance of her returning this season to tell you the truth," Beaver coach Jason Gallagher said. "She's able to work more than a football or basketball player because there's not a lot of cutting with her knee or anything. She's going to return, but her timetable is not determined yet.""

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Track: Beaver boys look to defend WPIAL title

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Beaver head coach Jason Gallagher feels his boys team is ready for the long haul this season.

Top performers Darius Wise and Jesse Council return for the Bobcats as sprinters, anchors to a team that won the WPIAL Class AA team crown a year ago.

"They're working hard," Gallagher said. "They know what's at stake and what it'll take to get back there."