Football: Beaver makes a statement

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When Beaver traveled to Dormont Stadium to play Keystone Oaks, the non-conference game meant nothing in the standings – but that certainly didn't mean no one was paying attention.

The first half was an amazing offensive battle between two offensive giants in Keystone Oaks' Alex Smith and Beaver's Darius Wise and the home team led, 41-35, at the intermission. In the second half, though, Beaver showed why it is ranked as highly as it is. In the final 24 minutes, Beaver outscored the home team, 42-8.

Wise accumulated 403 yards rushing and seven touchdowns and passed for 93 yards and another touchdown. Smith rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 442 yards and four touchdowns but also threw three interceptions as the Beaver defense proved up to the task in the second half.

The Bobcats' defense will be have to be up to the standard in the second half of the season, too. Of the five second half opponents, one is undefeated and three have one loss, culminating in a finale against Beaver Falls.


Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Moriah Bridges

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Name: Moriah Bridges
School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Bridges is the No. 2 singles player for the Bobcats and remains one of the best second-singles options in 2A. She has played some of the top singles players in the WPIAL tough this season and is a primary reason why Beaver will likely be the top seed in the tournament when the pairings are announced in the next few days. Bridges paired with Devyn Campbell to qualify for the PIAA doubles finals a year ago.


Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Mike DiCola

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Name: Mike DiCola
School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: An all-WPIAL performer a year ago, Mike DiCola was Beaver's second-leading scorer behind Dan Pollack, who has since graduated. DiCola has stepped into the role as Beaver's top scorer as the Bobcats again compete for a playoff spot. Last week, DiCola had two goals and an assist againt Quaker Valley and a goal and two assists against South Side Beaver.


Girls Volleyball: Beaver wins MAC Big School Tournament

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Beaver won the title at the 12-team MAC Tournament Big School Division, held Sept. 17, with a 2-1 hard-fought win against West Allegheny. The Bobcats earned their title berth with wins over Moon, 1-0 in the quarterfinals, and Montour, 1-0 in the semifinals.

MAC Tournament Big School Division
at Hopewell

Beaver 2, West Allegheny 1

Beaver 1, Montour 0
West Allegheny 1, Mars 0

Beaver 1, Moon 0
Mars 1, Shenango 0
Montour 1, Ambridge 0
West Allegheny 1, Central Valley 0




Girls Tennis: Beaver the favorite in Class 2A

Written by Keith Barnes on .

As the regular season comes to a close, Beaver Area is honing its game in preparation for a repeat run through the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

Unlike last year, Beaver will go into the postseason as the favorite to win it all with two of the top singles players in the classification in defending champion Anne Taylor and state doubles qualifier Moriah Bridges. The two seniors also bring a plethora of leadership onto the court and already have a key win against Quaker Valley.

Though the Bobcats lost a 3-2 decision against 3A Peters Township on Tuesday, they still remain the favorite to be there at the end.