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Girls Basketball: Beaver edges perennial power in first round

Written by Joe Koch on .

Villa Maria Academy has long been a power in PIAA girls basketball. But the Victors found out that WPIAL basketball can be pretty potent, too.

The District 10 champions saw their season come to an abrupt end as Beaver -- the No. 5 team from the WPIAL -- made two free throws from freshman Sydney Barney stand up in a 34-33 Bobcats' victory this past Saturday at Edinboro University.

The win improved Beaver's record to 20-8 and puts the Bobcats into a second-round game against Chartiers Valley, the No. 3 team from the WPIAL, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at North Allegheny High School. Chartiers Valley, 21-5, advanced with a 33-14 victory over District 9 champion Punxsutawney in a game played at Clarion University. Villa Maria's season ended at 20-6.

The Posset sisters accounted for 26 of the Bobcats points with Lexi Posset scoring 16 and Bella Posset adding 10.

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Girls Basketball: Beaver to play District 10 champion

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Beaver finished the WPIAL tournament as the No. 5 seed following victories over Trinity (41-36) and South Park (64-46) in the PIAA play-in tournament this past week.

With two solid victories under their belt following a 54-40 loss to Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL tournament, Beaver meets District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy at 4 p.m. Saturday at Edinboro University.

The Victors have been a perennial playoff participant, and they are 20-5 this season. Beaver is 19-8, and the Bobcats competed in Section 2-AAA, where they tied for second place with Ambridge. Each team had a 9-3 record. WPIAL champion Blackhawk won the section with a 12-0 record.

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Hockey: Beaver looking to improve playoff positioning over final two games

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Beaver had an opportunity to move up as high as third in the PIHL Class B standings and get into prime postseason position.

That was until Mondaywhen the Bobcats gave up five second-period goals in a 5-2 loss to Meadville.

 

Even with the loss Beaver (10-8-0) can still move up in the standings if it can win one of its final two games, either tonight against Harborcreek or in its season finale on Tuesdayagainst a Blackhawk (11-7-0) team that will be playing on back-to-back nights.

Before the loss to Meadville, Beaver was playing some of its best hockey of the season. The Bobcats had won five of their previous six with a loss to Harborcreek the only blemish and had scored 31 goals in that time.

 

Whether or not Beaver wins one of its final two games, it has already clinched a spot in the PIHL Division 2 playoffs. If the standings don’t change, the Bobcats would take on Meadville in the first round of the tournament.

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Beaver junior Ryan Hartman

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Name: Ryan Hartman

School: Beaver                              

Grade: 11

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Leaving him off the all-star roster may have been the league’s biggest oversight this season. Currently leads the team with 18 assists and 28 points. Is riding an eight-game point streak during which he has scored 18 points. Also had a seven-game scoring streak earlier in the season. In addition to being the team’s scoring leader, he led the team with 2.06 points per game last season.

 

 

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Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Lexi Posset, Beaver

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Name: Lexi Posset
School: Beaver
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Point Guard

Background: Lexi is a three-year starter for the Bobcats, and is a co-captain on this year's team. She currently is averaging 23.9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game. Lexi was the section Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and was named to the all-section team a year ago. Lexi surpassed the 1,000-point mark in the Bobcats' third game of the season. She could surpass the 1,500-point mark if the Bobcats advance into the second round of the WPIAL Class AAA tournament. Lexi has signed a letter-of-intent to play women's basketball, for Rider University.