1460 WMBA’s Mike Azadian and Bruce Frey had the call from Moe Rubenstein Stadium in Ambridge of this 2021 WPIAL Class 4A Quarterfinal high school football playoff game as the Quips battled the Mustangs.
Laurel Highlands: Rodney Galagher
Aliquippa: Tiqwai Hayes
You can see all of the past CCBC Players of the Game for High School Sports by clicking on the CCBC Logo Below:
Beaver County Radio has been covering sports in Beaver County for over 70 years, and over the last 30, Coaches Corner has become an integral part of that tradition. Every week during the football and basketball seasons, hosts like Bob Barrickman, Tom Hays, Bruce Frey and Jason Colangelo would interview coaches, players, and even the occasional referee to get insight into that week’s games, key strategies, and overall outlook on the games and life itself.
It’s a tough task to incorporate three decades (and more) of Beaver County sports history into one night, but Beaver County Radio did just that on August 26 at Kelly’s Riverside Saloon in Bridgewater.
The aforementioned Bob Barrickman and Jason Colangelo were the anchors for the evening’s festivities at Kelly’s, featuring over two hours of conversation with some of the most storied coaches in County history, players who have performed at the highest levels of competition during their careers in WPIAL & PIAA action, and the men in stripes who kept everything in line for decades as referees on the game’s biggest stages.
Along with the sports figures who came down to Kelly’s, a few broadcasting titans made the trip down for the Coaches Corner celebration. Gene Steratore (longtime NFL referee and current CBS Sports analyst) and Mary Ours (KDKA-TV meteorologist and Beaver Falls native) joined Bob and Jason to talk about their beginnings in Western Pennsylvania and how they got to their current positions. Plus, longtime Beaver County Radio broadcaster–not to mention Beaver County Sports Hall Of Famer–Tom Hays stopped by to reminisce about his favorite memories calling and covering games, including many of the nights he was co-hosting Coaches Corner.
Kelly’s Riverside Saloon provided the food for the dozens of radio guests and patrons alike, under the guise and guidance of manager Amanda Yerage, who–along with her father Ed (longtime WPIAL referee) and owner John Kelly–played a crucial part in allowing Beaver County Radio and all of the guests on Coaches Corner have a night of unforgettable memories…a night itself that will never be forgotten.
Part of the reason that it will never be forgotten is the fact that it is archived on our Facebook page and can be seen by clicking below:
Pictures from the 30th Anniversary Reunion show can be seen here:
Many an athlete has come out of Beaver County, and the journey that each of them has taken is different from one another…but the roots and bonds from which they began are never to be broken or forgotten.
It is in that spirit that Beaver County Radio, along with Kelly’s Riverside Saloon in Bridgewater, will be hosting a 30th Anniversary celebration of broadcasting Coaches Corner from Bridgewater on Wednesday, August 25, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Former coaches, players, referees, and other Beaver County celebrities will join the Beaver County Radio Sports Crew for what is being called a “big Beaver County reunion”.
The brainchild of this event was former WPIAL referee Ed Yerage, who along with longtime Coaches Corner host Bob Barrickman joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss the ins and outs of the event, as well as the historical and familial contexts of mutual respect and sharing experiences that will be showcased throughout the two-hour broadcast.
To watch the full video with Matt, Ed, and Bob…click on the Facebook feed below.
The toils and tribulation of hard work and matches against top-tier competition can be exhausting and draining, but they instantly become worth it when the gold is earned.
With their 1-0 win over Utah in the President’s Cup finals, the Century West U15 girl’s soccer team did just that.
Head coach Chris Lantzy joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to talk about Century West’s national championship, coming after a season that started back in March and took a year’s worth of preparation to fully achieve. Coach Chris talked about the levels of talent, discipline, and sportsmanship that these young ladies showcased while climbing the ladder towards their golden victory earlier this month.
Seven players on the Century West roster hail from Beaver County Schools:
* Morgan Keller (Freedom/Sophomore)
* Gabriella “Gigi” Finch (Riverside/Freshman)
* Emerson Connelly (Beaver/Freshman)
* Lilia Battalini (Beaver/Freshman)
* Sydney Chontos (Beaver/Freshman)
* Dionna “Tiger” Santia (Hopewell/Sophomore)
* Bella Gold (Hopewell/Sophomore)
For more information on Century West or to get involved with the program, visit their website at centurywestsoccer.org.
To watch the full interview with Matt and Coach Chris, click on the Facebook feed below!