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Alumni Update - Erika Pamer (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team swept Waynesburg in a Presidents'Pamer Westminster Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at home on Saturday. The Titans won, 6-1, in game one and rallied in game two with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win, 3-2.


Westminster senior Erika Pamer, a Beaver Falls graduate,led at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with a game-high two RBIs.

 

(photo courtesy of Westminster College)

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Alumni Update - Jake Debo (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Beaver Falls, Pa. Geneva came up with clutch hits when it needed them and swept Bethany SaturdayDebo Geneva afternoon, 6-3 and 5-3.


In the second game, Geneva took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. The offensive star was Jake Debo, a New Brighton graduate,  with two hits and two runs batted in.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Track: New Brighton's Barron sprints to more titles

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

New Brighton's Essence Barron remains on top this season.

The senior took first in the 100 (12.5) and 200 (25.7) at the Beaver County Invitational last Saturday. Her gold-medal run in the 200 was good enough to beat Beaver's Ruthe Neeley (26.6) and set a new meet record.

Barron also snagged gold in the long jump with a leap of 15-11.5. She out-jumped Riverside's Elsa Antal (15-5), but would not beat her jump from the previous week.

She previously took the same place on April 5 at the Warrior Classic Invitational. Barron set a meet record in the 200 (26.14) and claimed the long jump title with a distance of 16-5.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Colten Trimble, South Side Beaver

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Colten Trimble
School: South Side Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Track
Events: 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 1,600 relay

Background Info: Trimble placed third (4:30.29) in the 1,600 at the 2013 WPIAL Class AA championships and advanced to the PIAA championships. He currently holds the school record in the 1,600 (4:30) and 3,200 (9:53).

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Kari Steuer, Hopewell

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Kari Steuer
School: Hopewell
Grade: 12
Sport: Track
Events: Shot put and discus

Background Info: Steuer took gold in both the shot put (36-01) and  discus (107-06) at the Beaver County Invitational. She has placed first in both events in every meet in 2014. Steuer placed ninth (35-5.5) in the shot put at the 2013 WPIAL Class AA championships. Steuer also plays basketball and will be participating in both sports at Clarion University next year.

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Track: Beaver girls win Beaver County Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Beaver girls used last Saturday's Beaver County Invitational to prepare for the team playoffs, finishing in first place.

"I explained to them it's point for point in the playoffs," head coach Jason Gallagher said. "They came out on the track eager."

The Lady Bobcats (144) finished in front of Riverside (111) and Central Valley (57).

Junior Ruthe Neeley took two golds and a silver. She was also a part of the winning 1,600 relay team.

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Baseball: Blackhawk's McKay not bothered by spotlight

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With scouts by the dozen in attendance, Blackhawk senior left-hander Brendan McKay gave them plenty to see in the Cougars' section home opener against previously unbeaten West Allegheny.

McKay pitched a six-inning no-hitter, striking out nine and walking two, winning 10-0. It was his second high school no-hitter.

McKay's control was impressive considering that he hadn't pitched in 10 days because of the weather but he kept West Allegheny - which hasn't lost since, either – off balance all game. The only other West Allegheny baserunner reached on an error.

McKay was also impressive at the plate with a single and a double but, based on the number of radar guns in the audience, the scouts were there this time to see him pitch. In his first start of the season, he had struck out 20 against Shenango, although he did allow one hit.

 

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Tyler St. Esprit, New Brighton

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Name: Tyler St. Esprit
High School: New Brighton
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Outfielder

Background Info: New Brighton is off to a solid 5-3 start with a 4-1 record in Section 1-AA play. Much of that fast start can be traced back to the hitting of number three hitter Tyler St. Esprit. The left fielder has been the team's leading hitter each of the last two years with an average right around .500 and has maintained that average this season as well.

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Baseball: Montour now sits atop Class AAA Section 1

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With five of the six teams in Section 1-AAA having winning records, the section is living up to its billing as one of the toughest in the WPIAL. The section has two of last year's WPIAL semifinalists in Hopewell and West Allegheny as well as highly regarded Blackhawk.

Montour, though, is the team sitting atop the section in the early going with a 3-0 section record along with a 6-2 overall record. No team in the section has more wins, so the section record is far from a fluke.

The Spartans put the section and WPIAL on notice Friday with a 10-0 home win over Blackhawk. Chris Hanlan pitched a five-inning complete game at the Burkett Complex, allowing just three singles and a double to Brendan McKay. Senior Brian Penz provided the offense with a single, a double, and a home run.

The teams will meet again at Blackhawk on April 30, weather permitting.

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Baseball: Is Rochester a new beast in Class A Section 3?

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Last season, Western Beaver so dominated section 3-A that the seeding committee really didn't know what to make of the Golden Beavers. Western proved their worth in the playoffs, though, winning the WPIAL Championship.

This year, though, another team is making itself heard as Rochester sits atop the section with a 3-0 record. Admittedly, the weather has messed up so many schedules that the standings at this point don't mean what they should but, still, Rochester is 3-0 in section play and its closest section game has been 10 runs.

The early star for the Rams has been Chaz Verrico, who pitched a two-hitter in a 10-0 win over Union, while hitting a home run and two singles. He had four hits against Aliquippa, including a triple and a home run.

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Softball: Four up, four down for Ambridge, Haslett

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Like so many other area teams, the start of Ambridge's 2014 softball season was delayed and delayed, plagued by weather cancellations. Ambridge postponed games against Chartiers Valley, Vincentian, Hampton, Seneca Valley, Moon, New Brighton and New Castle, making the Bridgers the unofficial WPIAL-leader in postponements.

Once Ambridge was able to get outside, it looked no worse for the wear. Riding the wave of pitcher Kelly Haslett, a returning all-section choice, Ambridge is 4-0 with all of its wins coming in Section 1-AAA. It's biggest win may very well be a 9-3 triumph at Blackhawk. Haslett struck out five in the win over the No. 3-ranked Cougars. The Bridgers and Haslett have also won at Ellwood City and at home against Hopewell and Central Valley.

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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Casey Farkasovsky, Beaver

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Casey Farkasovsky
High School: Beaver
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background info: Casey Farkasovsky is a returning pitcher this season for Beaver. She pitched all but one game last season during her freshman campaign and helped lead the Bobcats to the WPIAL semifinals. This season she has been helping her cause at the plate too, she has hit two home runs.

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Softball: Beaver opens up slight lead in Class AA Section 5

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Beaver swept the first half of the section schedule to take a 1.5-game lead in Section 5-AA but the Bobcats would be wise not to relax, defending WPIAL champion, Riverside (4-1, 4-1), is not far behind.

The Bobcats finished in third in the section last season with the a 7-5 record, just ahead of New Brighton (6-6). Riverside (12-0) won the section and WPIAL title and Mohawk (10-2) took the other playoff spot out of the section.

"I still think you have to go with the defending champ, Riverside," Beaver coach Butch Rousseau said when asked who the favorite in the section is. "They have everybody back except their pitcher and catcher and so far they are doing really well. After that, I think it is a tossup. As young as New Brighton is, they have a nice young team. They have come a long way the last few games and Beaver Falls has a nice team there. I think it will be those three teams with us, New Brighton, Beaver Falls and Riverside."

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Softball: Sixth-inning outburst helps West Allegheny knock off South Fayette

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Trailing, 3-0, entering the bottom of the sixth inning against unbeaten and No. 4-ranked South Fayette, the outlook was dim for West Allegheny. But the Indians were saving their best for their last at bats. West Allegheny came to life in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating all four of its runs to take a 4-3 lead. After recording three outs in the top of the seventh, the Indians would not even have to bat again. Junior pitcher Marla Kirkpatrick earned the win for West Allegheny, which now remains very alive and in contention for a section crown. South Fayette (6-1, 5-1) still leads the section ahead of Trinity (7-1, 3-1), West Allegheny (4-2, 4-2) and Montour (4-4, 3-2), with Ringgold (2-4, 2-4) not far behind.

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Lacrosse: West boys and girls teams making their mark

Written by Joe Koch on .

Seven games into the season, the Moon High boys lacrosse team and has passed every test en route to a No. 7 rating in Laxpower.com's ratings for Western Pennsylvania teams.

Moon has earned close victories over Mars (4-3), Indiana (7-5) and Chartiers Valley (8-6). The other four victories have been by slightly more comfortable margins. Moon hosts Knoch today.

The two regional teams competing in girls lacrosse -- Blackhawk and Moon -- are chasing first-place Chartiers Valley for top honors in Division 2, Section 2.

Currently, the Colts are ranked No. 3 in the ratings with an overall record of 8-0 and a section mark of 4-0. Both Blackhawk and Moon have identical section records of 3-1. The Cougars are 4-1 overall, while Moon is 7-2.

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Boys Volleyball: West Feature Athlete - Beaver C.C.'s Gib McCracken

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Name: Gib McCracken
High School: Beaver County Christian School
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Volleyball
Position: Setter

Background Info: McCracken is a talented three-sport athlete. He is a three-year starter for the volleyball team and a starter for the WPIAL Silver Medalist soccer team as well as the basketball team. As a junior, he was to named to the WPIAL Class AA Second-Team in volleyball and, most recently, was named to the WPIAL Class A First-Team in soccer. He is a high honor roll student and is also a talented musician.

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Tennis: Cougars’ Cooper wins first WPIAL singles match

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Competing in his second WPIAL Class AA singles tournament, Blackhawk’s Jonah Cooper notched his first win the event Monday.

Cooper defeated Ryan Hartz of Brownsville, 10-6, in the first round before falling to No. 3 seed Luke Phillips of Carlynton, 10-0, in the quarterfinals.

Cooper lost in the first round of last season’s WPIAL tournament to Valley’s Cody Schrecongost, 10-7.

Cooper did, however, win three matches at the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament last season with partner Clint Davies, including the consolation final that sent the duo to states, where they won a match. 

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Tennis: Carlynton’s Phillips shakes off loss, qualifies for states

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After taking the first set from practice partner Josh Raymundo of Mars in Monday’s WPIAL Class AA singles tournament semifinal Carlynton’s Luke Phillips dropped the final two sets to drop to Tuesday’s consolation final.

But the freshman showed his resiliency, defeating Bentworth’s Matt Lynch, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to grab the final PIAA qualifier spot.

“As Clint Hurdle says, ‘Shower well,’ and that’s what I did,” Phillips said. “I just tried to get that off my shoulders and get ready for [Tuesday’s match].”

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Tennis: West Feature Athlete — Beaver’s Jon Tetrick

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

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.”