WPIAL Baseball & Softball Playoffs Go Into Full Swing

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The path to WPIAL gold begins for several local teams today on the baseball and softball diamonds.

BASEBALL
Class 5A

4:30 pm Fox Chapel vs. West Allegheny at Burkett Complex (Robinson Twp.)
Class 3A
2:00 pm South Allegheny vs. Hopewell at Washington & Jefferson College
2:00 pm Ellwood City vs. East Allegheny at Highlands High School
4:30 pm Derry Area vs. New Brighton at Highlands High School
Class 2A
6:30 pm Chartiers-Houston vs. Riverside at Plum
Class 1A
2:00 pm Jefferson-Morgan vs. Our Lady of Sacred Heart at Peterswood Park (Peters Township)
4:00 pm Avella vs. Sewickley Academy at Beaver Area
7:00 pm Western Beaver vs. West Greene at Peterswood Park

SOFTBALL
Class 5A
6:00 pm Latrobe vs. West Allegheny at North Allegheny HS
Class 3A
4:00 pm Beaver Falls vs. Ellwood City at Seneca Valley
Class 1A
3:00 pm Northgate vs. South Side Beaver at Sewickley Academy
5:00 pm Rochester vs. Leechburg at Mars

Bob Barrickman Makes His Pick For Who The Steelers Should Take In Round 1 Of The 2022 NFL Draft

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

“If I had a dollar for every mock draft I’ve seen…unfortunately, I don’t.”

Those words came from Beaver County Radio sports director Bob Barrickman, who joined Matt Drzik on the April 28 edition of A.M. Beaver County to talk about the 2022 NFL Draft. The hometown Pittsburgh Steelers select their first pick tonight at 20th overall, and much speculation has been presented on whether the Steelers will focus on finding a quarterback to compete for the starting job or if outgoing GM Kevin Colbert will shift his priorities elsewhere on the roster.

“I’m not real high on drafting a quarterback,” Barrickman said. “Malik Willis might be the sexier pick; seems like he has a lot of Lamar Jackson in him and has a rifle of an arm.” But Barrickman noted that he feels that Willis’ numbers might be the result of playing at a smaller school like Liberty, while another top quarterback–Pitt’s Kenny Pickett–played well against ACC competition. “Obviously with the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins, there will be a need to draft a quarterback,” he added, “I just don’t think there’s a need to draft one that early.”

Rather than focus on a QB, Barrickman feels that the Steelers should focus on the defensive side of the ball: “I think the player that they would really like to get would the nose tackle from Georgia, Jordan Davis. But I have a feeling that he won’t be on the board.” Barrickman acknowledged that the Steelers might have a shot if they move up, but thinks that he may drop to the Baltimore Ravens at 14th overall: “Jordan Davis would be a Raven-type of player. If he would slip by the Ravens, I could see the Steelers grabbing Jordan Davis in the first round.”

To hear the full analysis from Bob Barrickman, click on the player below!

John Perrotto Breaks Down Current MLB Lockout

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio, photo by Matt Drzik)

Usually around this time of year, with the Super Bowl over and winter winding down, many sports fans welcome the arrival of pitchers and catchers to their respective squads in Florida or Arizona.

Instead they are being welcomed with labor standoffs and budget negotiations, and the 2022 Major League Baseball season is in jeopardy of starting later than usual…if it starts at all.

Freelance sportswriter John Perrotto joined Matt Drzik to talk about the current lockout situation on the February 15 edition of A.M. Beaver County, and Perrotto feels that the pride involved with both the players and the owners in this situation could keep baseball from happening for some time.

“I don’t see baseball losing a full season like hockey did a few years back,” Perrotto said, “but I could see this stretching to where the season doesn’t start until Memorial Day weekend. I hope I’m wrong.”

Perrotto did have some hope in the regard that the framework of this year’s negotiations have the sides considerably closer to a deal than during the 1994 lockout; an event that cancelled the 1994 World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 season. He also spoke about how a lockout could effect a team like the Pirates.

“I think the Pirates should be okay…I don’t see them going bankrupt or anything like that,” Perrotto added. “Quite frankly, they weren’t expected to have a very big attendance this year, so they won’t be looking at losing out on as much ticket revenue as some of the better-drawing teams in the major leagues.”

For the FULL interview with John Perrotto, click on the player below.

21 Local Teams Ready For WPIAL Basketball Playoffs Starting Friday

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The WPIAL released its pairings for the 2022 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs on Monday night, and all the local teams–11 boys’ teams and 10 girls’ teams–found out where, when, and against whom their journeys will begin. Some start play as soon as Friday, where others will wait over a week until their first playoff game.

All first-round games listed below are at 7:00pm unless noted otherwise; local teams are marked in bold.

Friday, February 18

BOYS

Class 1A
#9 Aquinas Academy at #8 Rochester

Class 4A
#1 Quaker Valley [BYE]
#13 Central Valley at #4 North Catholic
#12 Yough at #5 Lincoln Park
#9 Blackhawk at #8 Deer Lakes

GIRLS

Class 2A (Preliminary Round)
South Side Beaver at Aliquippa

Class 3A
#3 Freedom [BYE]

Monday, February 21

BOYS

Class 3A
#16 Summit Academy at #1 Ellwood City
#15 Waynesburg at #2 Aliquippa
#11 Beaver Falls at #6 Washington

Class 5A
#11 West Allegheny at #6 Gateway (8:00 PM)

GIRLS

Class 1A
#1 Rochester [BYE]

Class 2A
#14 South Side Beaver/Aliquippa at #3 Serra Catholic
#16 Frazier/Carmichaels at #1 Our Lady of Sacred Heart

Tuesday, February 22

BOYS

Class 2A
#13 South Side Beaver at #4 Greensburg Central Catholic
#16 Chartiers-Houston at #1 Our Lady of Sacred Heart

Class 5A
#11 West Allegheny at #6 Gateway (8:00 PM)

GIRLS

Class 4A
#1 Blackhawk [BYE]
#13 Freeport at #4 Beaver
#12 Central Valley at #5 Elizabeth Forward
#9 Belle Vernon at #8 Quaker Valley

Class 5A
#13 Woodland Hills at #4 Moon

 

Geneva Falls To Washington & Jefferson In Afternoon Barnburner

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

When the ball tipped off at Metheny Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon, it featured the two hottest teams in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference…and the two rivals showcased why.

Despite drilling 16 three-pointers and eclipsing over 100 points for the first time this season, the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes fell to Washington & Jefferson by a score of 111-103 on Senior Day. Senior Matt Veynovich had six of the three-pointers for Geneva, and he finished with 20 points on the afternoon. The Tipton brothers–junior Lyle and freshman Trevor–each led Geneva with 23 points a piece. Amos Luptak, another senior, and junior Ryan Rachic each had 15 points for Geneva.

W&J–now winners of six straight–were led by sophomore Michael Bigley who had 26. He was joined in double figures by Nick Gearhart (23), Kyran Mitchell (20), Isaiah Langston (16), and Okikiola Agbale (14). The Presidents outscored Geneva 80-24 in the paint, and stay atop first place in the PAC (with Chatham) at 13-2 to go with their 18-4 overall record. Geneva’s loss drops them to 10-5 in the PAC–tied with Westminster for third–and their overall record stands at 12-9.

Steve Higgins Talks About The Impact Of Alvin Gibson & Dwight Collins For BF Basketball

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio, photo by Mark Peterson)

Beaver Falls has had a long tradition of success on the high school hardwood, winning four state championships in boys’ basketball (1970, 1994, 2005, 2013) and a fifth in girls’ basketball (1985). But the tradition can be traced back to the late 1970s, where a pair of men who will be honored this weekend made Tiger Basketball a formidable program.

Those two men were Alvin Gibson from the Class of 1977, and Dwight Collins from the Class of 1979; both of whom will be inducted into the Pittsburgh Basketball Club in 2022. Steve Higgins from the Larry Bruno Foundation joined Matt Drzik to talk about the induction of Gibson and Collins on the February 4 edition of A.M. Beaver County, citing these men as anchors for solidifying the Beaver Falls name in the WPIAL.

Higgins pinpointed a game in the 1977 season where Gibson scored 33 points against Brashear, and the Tigers would continue on to a 26-3 season and a silver medal in the WPIAL (losing the championship to Fox Chapel). Collins, in his senior year of 1979, would lead the Tigers to the Class AAA basketball title. Beaver Falls would be champions again in 1980; their third under legendary coach Frank Chan, whom Gibson and Collins will join in the PBC.

To hear the full interview with Steve Higgins, click on the player below!

WPIAL Executive Director Amy Scheuneman Talks About Aliquippa Situation & Hershey Success

(Published by Matt Drzik; cover photo courtesy Sly Washington)

The WPIAL had a record-setting weekend in Hershey between December 9 and December 11, with five teams in six games representing District 7, and four out of the five winning state gold. Two of those teams–Central Valley and Aliquippa–hailed from Beaver County, marking the first time that two teams from the county have claimed gridiron gold.

WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman talked with Matt Drzik on the December 14 edition of A.M. Beaver County to talk about the successes, which she felt was a great showcase by the local teams. “It’s just been a great experience these last couple of weeks,” Scheuneman said, “to see our district come and be successful.”

Scheuneman also addressed the ongoing situation with Aliquippa, who–despite winning their fourth title in school history and first in Class 4A–is dealing with a less-than-desired situation in which they are slated by PIAA rules to now play up in Class 5A; a designation that would put the Quips four classes above their enrollment status.

“They have chosen to play up for good reason, and now looking at it…are they being punished for doing so?”, she stated. “I think that’s where the emphasis needs to lie at the state level, and what that school district has done previously to try to align themselves in the right group. Unfortunately, they’ve been successful in whatever classification they’ve chosen to play.”

To hear the full interview with Matt and Amy, click on the player below.

Link For Aliquippa vs. Bishop McDevitt PIAA Class 4A Championship Game

Bishop McDevitt              Aliquippa

WBVP-AM 1230, WBVP-FM 99.3 and WMBA-AM 1460’s Bob Barrickman and Bruce Frey have the call from Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey of this 2021 PIAA Class 4A Championship high school football state playoff game as the WPIAL champion Quips battle the District 3 champion Crusaders.

 

Click the link below to listen to tonight’s broadcast on Beaver County Radio:

Scores Across The Valley: November 12, 2021

          Friday- November 12, 2021:

W.P.I.A.L Quarter Finals

 

            1230 WBVP-AM, 99.3 FM, and beavercountyradio.com

New Brighton
Beaver Falls

0
40  Final
            1460 WMBA & Trib Live

Laurel Highlands
Aliquippa

0
36  Final
                                                WPIAL Class 5A       
Woodland Hills
Moon
13
21  Final
Fox Chapel
Penn-Trafford
14
42  Final
Penn Hills
Gateway
23
20  Final
Peters Township
Pine-Richland
14
20  Final
                                                  WPIAL Class 4A       
Thomas Jefferson
Hampton
42
14  Final
New Castle
Belle Vernon
20
45  Final
Armstrong
McKeesport
21
35  Final
                                                   WPIAL Class 3A       
East Allegheny
Central Valley
6
48  Final
Mount Pleasant
Avonworth
7
49  Final
Freeport
Elizabeth Forward
6
14  Final
Keystone Oaks
North Catholic
41
48  Final
                                                WPIAL Class 2A       
South Side Beaver
Steel Valley
12
28  Final
Serra Catholic
Laurel
6
0  Final
Mohawk
Sto-Rox
14
62  Final
                                               WPIAL Class 1A      
Springdale
Rochester
7
27  Final
Leechburg
Cornell
18
46  Final
OLSH
Clairton
29
15  Final
Shenango
Bishop Canevin
14
42  Final

 

CCBC Players of the Game: New Brighton @ Beaver Falls 11/12/21

1230 WBVP, 99.3 FM and beavercountyradio.com’s Bob Barrickman and Jason Colangelo had the call from Reeves Field at Geneva College of this 2021 WPIAL Class 2A Quarterfinal high school football playoff game as the defending champion Tigers battled the Lions.

New Brighton: DeShawn Harmon

Beaver Falls: Trey Singleton

You can see all of the past CCBC Players of the Game for High School Sports by clicking on the CCBC Logo Below:

The Game was presented via Facebook Live and you can go back and watch it again  on the Beaver County Radio Facebook Page. Just Click the link below: