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Varsity Xtra: E-merging as a winner -- Central Valley

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White writes about the success of the Central Valley athletic program. Click here to read his story.

2013 1206 CentralValley BBasketball(Photo: The Central Valley basketball team hopes to add another banner to their gymnasium this season. From left: Jake St. George, Mike Sims, Matt Kline, Tony Gates and Brian Kolich. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The Beaver County areas of Center Township and the town of Monaca both lost a little of their identities when two high schools closed a few years ago.

But the new school that formed from the merger of Center and Monaca is starting to take on a special identity.

Central Valley High School -- sports power.

Central Valley is now in its fourth school year and it is hard not to notice the success that the school is having in athletics. Conference and section titles, WPIAL titles and even PIAA championships have all been part of this school year for Central Valley."

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Hockey: Central Valley streak reaches 27

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

It has been almost 22 months since Central Valley last won a hockey game.

The Warriors’ winless streak increased to 27 games with their 0-5 start to this season. They have been outscored 46-4 in the five games.

Last season, Central Valley went 0-19-1. The Warriors also dropped their last regular-season game of the 2011-12 season, as well as their first-round Open Cup playoff game against Quigley.

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Football: Central Valley comes a long way in a short time

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer John D'Abruzzo profiles the Central Valley football team. Click here to read his story.

"Compared to most high school football programs around the WPIAL, Central Valley is just a toddler.

In only its fourth year of existence -- following the merger between Beaver County's Center and Monaca school districts -- the Warriors proved they can hang with the Class AAA big boys again this year by making their second trip to the WPIAL championship game since capturing a crown during their 2010 inaugural season.

Despite coming up short against Parkway Conference foe West Allegheny, 16-6, in last Saturday night's WPIAL Class AAA title game at Heinz Field, Central Valley coach Mark Lyons couldn't help but reflect on an interesting fact about his program.

"That game was only our 10th loss in four years," he said. "And it was the first time we lost to a WPIAL opponent by more than 10 points."

 

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Football: Central Valley rides tough defense to Heinz

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Central Valley football team. Read his story below.

The Central Valley football team is known for its potent offense, but defense is the main reason the Warriors are heading to Heinz Field for the second time in four years.

Central Valley has given up only 87 points in 12 games, which averages to 7.3 points per game. It ranks first among the 27 teams competing in Class AAA. Only two teams in the entire WPIAL -- Central Catholic and South Fayette -- have a lower points-per-game average than the Warriors defense.

"Defense has been a priority for us since day one," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. "We lost in the semifinals the last two years and defense was a factor in both games. We needed to elevate our game on defense."

Central Valley recorded shutouts in five of its nine regular season games. The Warriors allowed seven touchdowns during those other four games, but only three came while the first team was on the field.