Wrestling: Beaver wrestler hoping move pays off

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Ken Wunderley profiles Beaver wrestler Sam Talorico. Read his story below.

2015 1218 Beaver Wrestling(Photo: Beaver Area's Sam Talorico, behind, is happy to be back in Pennsylvania after a brief move to Alabama. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Sam Talorico has wrestled in a state tournament before, but not in Pennsylvania.

Talorico, a senior at Beaver Area High School, wrestled in Alabama during his sophomore year.

"Our family moved to Alabama prior to my sophomore year," Talorico said. "My brother Aidan and I attended Auburn High School and we both qualified for the state tournament."

Aidan, a senior at the time, won an Alabama state title at 170 pounds. Sam competed at 132 and compiled a 25-7 record, but fell short of placing at the state tournament.


Hockey: 7-game win streak has Beaver tied atop standings

Written by Keith Barnes on .

All of a sudden, Carrick is not unbeatable and Beaver is taking full advantage.


Not only have the Bobcats won their last seven games, they have moved into a first-place tie with Carrick as the season reaches its midpoint.

And Beaver (9-2-0) will have an opportunity to head into the holiday break with first place all to itself if it can defeat Carrick (9-2-0) when the two teams meet on Tuesday.


Beaver is, by far, the highest scoring team in Division 2 with 92 goals in just 11 games. Evan Komlenic and Ryan Hartman lead a balanced group of scorers with 13 goals and 29 points, while goaltenders James Soisson and Turner Anthony have effectively split time and both have goals-against averages under 2.25.


Girls Tennis: Beaver Area trio unable to match team success at states

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Beaver had high hopes when it sent three players to the PIAA Class AA individual tennis finals last weekend at Hershey Racquet Club.


After all, the Bobcats had the reigning WPIAL Class AA singles champion in Anne Taylor and the third-place doubles team in junior Moriah Bridges and freshman Devyn Campbell. Unfortunately their District 7 success did not translate into big things at the state level.


Taylor, who played in the PIAA doubles championship match last year, drew Loyalsock senior Pam Niditch, the District 4 runner-up and a 2014 state qualifier, in the first round. The Beaver junior didn’t have any luck as she dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision.


Girls Tennis: Beaver's Taylor faces daunting task

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Keith Barnes profiles Beaver tennis player Anne Taylor.

"Anne Taylor has played in big matches in Hershey before.

As a Beaver Area sophomore in 2014, she teamed with her sister Mattie and made it all the way to the PIAA Class AA doubles final before losing, 6-2, 6-0, to Lauren Petrella and Cait Schultz of Mercyhurst Prep in the championship match.

It might seem like losing a final is, inherently, a bad thing, but for a WPIAL doubles team to make it that far in this classification is truly rare. Since Class AA was added in 1998, only six WPIAL tandems have made it to the finals and just twice, in 2007 with Chartiers Houston sisters Karli and Tanya Timko and in 2011 with Logan Antill and Caroline Ross of Sewickley Academy, did it result in a PIAA Class AA championship.

Now, though, Taylor will walk into a true lion's den when the state tournament opens today at Hershey Racquet Club. As the reigning WPIAL Class AA singles champion, she will attempt to become the first player from the WPIAL to win a state championship since Quaker Valley's Annie Houghton pulled it off in 2004."