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Tennis: West Feature Athlete — Beaver’s Jon Tetrick

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Name: Jon Tetrick
School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Tetrick is the No. 1 singles player for Beaver and took fourth in the Class AA Section 2 tournament last week. Tetrick played second doubles last season, but has moved up to the top spot with the Bobcats losing six of their top nine players from a year ago to graduation.

Beaver coach Riley Baker: “He’s doing well. He got a lot of experience from playing last season. It’s a big step from No. 2 doubles to No. 1 singles, but he’s handled it well.”

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Softball: Beaver a force in Class AA

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

2014 0410 Beaver Softball(Photo: Beaver's Ashley Kondracki connects with a pitch during a WPIAL tournament quarterfinal victory against Greensburg Central Catholic last May. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"A trip to the WPIAL semifinals a year ago has served as a springboard into the 2014 season for the Beaver Area softball team.

With eight starters returning, the Bobcats have started the season 4-0 with all four wins coming in Class AA Section 5. They were scheduled to play Riverside Wednesday.

"As young as we were last year, they really matured as the season went on," Bobcats coach Butch Rousseau said. "We went fairly deep into the playoffs and I think that really, really helped this year."

The run to the WPIAL semifinals helped in the offseason. More players were showing up for voluntary workouts and practices."

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Jordan Yates, Beaver

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Name: Jordan Yates
High School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball

Background Info: Last season as a junior, Jordan Yates was the starting center fielder on Beaver's WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA runnerup. This year, with many of those players graduated, Yates has a much bigger but far less defined role as the Bobcats try to repeat. This year, he's playing wherever he's needed - some center field, some shortstop, catching some, and pitching more. He's more set in the batting order – batting third.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Beaver's Alex Tolbert

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Name: Alex Tolbert
High School: Beaver
Sport: Track
Grade: 12
Events: 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay and long jump.

Background Info: Tolbert placed in the top 16 at Class AA WPIAL championships last season. He finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and went on to place seventh at the PIAA championships. Tolbert is a team captain. He missed the first meet of the season to participate in the mock trial state championship. Tolbert also ran cross country this year.

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Swimming: Beaver diver improves from last year, takes silver

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In most years, the WPIAL diving performance put on by Beaver Area's Micah Ringer might be good enough for back-to-back gold medals. But rather Ringer had to settle for back-to-back silver medals as his high school career happened to line up with that of South Fayette's Stephen Zombek, now a two-time WPIAL gold medalist.

After scoring a 342.65 last year to win silver, Ringer upped his score to a 372.65, but so did Zombek. Ringer made Zombek work for his WPIAL gold. Through nine dives of the 11-dive meet, Ringer was within 14.5 points of the South Fayette senior. But Ringer was unable to close the gap. By virtue of his second-place finish, Ringer has qualified for the PIAA Class AA diving championships March 12 at Bucknell University.