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Meet Your Wolverine Night set for Tuesday

PrintEllwood City basketball is upon us, and the boosters are inviting the community to celebrate.

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, girls and boys from the Lincoln High School basketball teams will participate in the “Meet Your Wolverine Night” in the LHS gym.  Players from grades five through eight will compete in skill drills, while junior varsity and varsity players will square off in a shootout competition.  Also, the cheerleaders will perform between exhibition games featuring the 2014/15 boys and girls varsity and junior varsity squads.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the exhibition games begin at 6:30 p.m.  Concessions will be available during the event.

Come out and support the young people of the community, and the local food bank!

Admission: $4 adults; $2 students.  Bring a non-perishable item to support the local food bank, and received $1 off of admission with each donation.

All proceeds benefit the Ellwood City basketball teams.  The season begins Dec. 5 when the boys team heads to their annual tip-off tournament, and the girls play in the SSB tournament.  Stay tuned for the Round Ball page!


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Riverside moves on after upset of Beth-Center

Jason Dambach tossed two touchdown passes, and the defense forced a turnover in the end zone as time expired as the Riverside Panthers upset the Bethlehem Center Bulldogs in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday night, 21-20.

With only seconds remaining in the game, Beth-Center’s Anthony Welsh clawed his way to a first down at the Panthers’ one-yard-line, but he fumbled the ball into the end zone in the process and Riverside’s Ricky Wass recovered it to secure the one-point victory.

The Bulldogs entered the contest without a loss, and with one of the top running games in the WPIAL.  While Beth-Center did accumulate over 200 yards on the ground, the team failed to contain Jason Dambach’s passing attack which also amassed over 200 yards and two scores.  Wass, who broke Riverside’s receiving record this season, finished the game with four catches for 105 yards.  With Logan Sheridan receiving special attention for most of the evening, Dambach found freshman Austin Dambach four times through the air.  Sheridan, who finished with a single reception, and Austin Dambach both caught touchdown passes, while Lance Fisher rushed in from three yards out.  Also, senior Marcel Cleckley finished the game with 88 all-purpose yards.

Riverside’s defense held strong all game long, led by Cleckley and junior Garrett Bishop, who finished with 10 tackles and 8 tackles, respectively.  The team kept the vaunted Beth-Center rushing attack, which averaged over 323 yard-per-game during the regular season, at bay.

Kicker Courtney Harden’s leg proved as the difference for Riverside, as she nailed three PATs, while Beth-Center failed to convert on a first-half attempt.

The Panthers move on to face the Avonworth Antelopes (9-1) this Friday at Moon High School.  The Antelopes defeated Mapletown last week, 34-0, to secure their spot in the second round matchup.  Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets announcement:  Tickets for the Riverside football playoff game will be on sale in the Athletic Director office from 7-11 a.m.  Middle school lunches from 11:00-12:00 p.m.  No tickets will be sold after 12 p.m..  Student tickets will be on sale for $5 if bought on Friday.  Adult Tickets will be on sale for $7.  All tickets sold at the gate will be $7.  No student tickets will be sold at the gate.  All tickets at the gate will cost $7.

The football buses will leave at 4:30 p.m. and the cheering bus will leave at 5:45 p.m.


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SENIOR NIGHT: Ellwood City drops season finale against Beaver

The Ellwood City Wolverines held senior night last Friday at Helling Stadium when they hosted the Beaver Bobcats in their season finale.  The Wolverines attempted to play spoiler, as the Bobcats needed a win for a second place finish in the MAC, but Beaver took the game, 49-12

The Bobcats took to the ground attack for 365 yards and seven touchdowns, even though they normally opt to pass.  Logan Sarver and Andrew O’Brien both found the end zone for the Wolverines (3-5 MAC, 4-5 overall), who finished the season with one of the premier rushing attacks in the WPIAL despite missing the playoffs.  Junior Nick Ioanilli ran the ball 133 times for 1,141 yards in 2014 after compiling 80 yards on 13 carries against Beaver.

For the seniors, this game marked the last time they would sport blue-and-white at Helling Stadium as Wolverines.

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Playoffs: Riverside faces Beth-Center this Friday

IMG_2332-1024x576Last season, the Riverside Panthers football team rebuilt behind a sophomore quarterback, Jason Dambach.  The young, inexperienced squad needed all nine games to collect a victory last year in its final match against Freedom.  Though, the Panthers erupted for 99 points in their final five games, which showed fans ‘what could be’ in 2014.  The ‘what could be’ resulted in Riverside’s first playoff appearance in seven years, which occurs this Friday at Bethlehem Center High School in Fredericktown.

This year, Riverside (4-3 Big Seven, 5-4 overall) found its groove with a quick start, and a solid finish to the regular season campaign.  Dambach grew into a star quarterback, aided by his host of quick and sure-handed receivers.  Logan Sheridan and Ricky Wass turned the Panthers’ passing attack into a three-headed monster with the help of Marcel Cleckley.  Both Sheridan and Wass finished with over 100 receiving yards, and Dambach amassed over 300 yards with three touchdown passes in a 52-14 victory against Vincentian Academy last Friday.  Sheridan finished the season with a team-high 10 touchdowns, which included a 99-yard fourth quarter bomb in the finale.  Dambach finished in the the top ten of WPIAL quarterbacks in overall passing with over 1,800 yards in the air.  Each of his top three receivers caught 20 or more passes.

Riverside faces an undefeated football team this week in the Bulldogs.  Bethlehem Center (8-0 Tri-County South, 9-0 overall) held offenses to 7 or less points in seven contests, which includes three shutouts.  Edwards Woods coaches a team that relies on a dominant rushing attack that averaged 9.9 yards-per-carry this season, and amassed 3,231 yards on the ground.  While the offense controls the clock, the suffocating defense controls the line of scrimmage.  They finished the season with 24 sacks, 14 interceptions, and 11 fumble recoveries.

Kick-off for Friday night’s game is at 7:30 p.m.  The playoff bracket can be found here.

Ticket information

Athletic Director Office from 7-11 a.m..  Middle School lunches from 11:00-12:00 a.m.  No tickets will be sold after 12 p.m..  Student tickets will be on sale for $5 if bought on Friday.  Adult Tickets will be on sale for $7.  All tickets sold at the gate will be $7.  No student tickets will be sold at the gate.


Bethlehem Center High School


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PHOTOS: Great season by Mitey Mites, Midgets

The Ellwood City Little Wolverines mitey mite and midget teams both fell to their respective opponents at Geneva College Saturday afternoon in the WPYFL championship games.

The mitey mites ran into a hot Beaver Little Bobcats team, who took to the ground attack in a 26-0 victory over the Little Wolverines.  Ellwood City defeated Beaver earlier in the season, 14-6, which catalyzed a six-game winning streak heading into the title game.  Overall, the Little Wolverines finished as the runners-up with only three losses on the season (7-3).

The midgets, who dominated the regular season in every facet, also faced a formidable opponent in the Hopewell Vikings.  The Little Wolverines edged Hopewell, 8-0, earlier in the season.  The Little Vikings collected their third consecutive title in an overtime thriller, 19-18.  The Little Wolverines scored in overtime, then missed their extra point.  Hopewell scored, and ended the game by converting on their extra point opportunity.  Ellwood City finished the season as the runner-up with only one loss (9-1), giving up a mere 39 points total in those ten contests.

Congratulations to both teams on incredible seasons!

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Senior night for Ellwood City


The Ellwood City Wolverines came up short last week, and fell from the 2014 playoff race.

However, the season is not yet over as the seniors – football players, cheerleaders, and band members – still have work left to do. The Wolverines host the Beaver Bobcats tonight in their final game of the season, and, for the seniors, their Ellwood City careers.

With a win, Ellwood City will finish the season at 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the Midwestern Athletic Conference.  The Bobcats punched their ticket to the playoffs, but can advance their position with a win or tie, along with a loss by Beaver Falls to Aliquippa.

Kick-off for tonight’s contest at Helling Stadium is at 7 p.m.  Go and cheer on the seniors as they give one final performance after four years in front of the Friday night crowd.

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EC Mighty Mites and Midgets to play in title games

Provided by Western Pennsylvania Youth Football League website

Provided by Western Pennsylvania Youth Football League website

On Saturday, Oct. 25, two Ellwood City Little Wolverines football teams will play for the Western Pennsylvania Youth Football League championships at Geneva College.

The mitey mites squad (7-2), led by head coach Don Lutz, squares off against the Beaver Bobcats (8-2) for an 11 a.m. match-up at Reeves Stadium.  The team finished the season by shutting out both the Monaca Warriors and the Cornell Raiders by a combined score of 78-0.  Beaver lost to Hopewell Vikings and Ellwood City during the regular season.  It avenged its first loss by eliminating the Vikings in last Saturday’s playoff game to earn a championship berth.  Ellwood City aims to hold the Bobcats, who surrendered only 12 points in six consecutive wins going into the contest.

The Wolverines defeated Beaver 14-6 on Sept. 6.

The Ellwood City midget team (9-0), coached by Brad Welsh, stormed through the regular season by dominating every contest and will meet the Hopewell Vikings (9-1) at 1 p.m. at Reeves Field.  It allowed 12 points in its first game of the season to Cornell, then shut the next eight teams out.  The Wolverines scored 68 points twice, and 87 once, during that stretch, and outscored opponents 455-12 overall — an average of nearly 51 points-per-game.  The only team that came close to defeating Ellwood City, Hopewell, stands in the way of its perfect season.  The Vikings similarly dominated teams en route to the championship game, including a 44-6 playoff victory against Beaver last weekend.

The Wolverines defeated Hopewell 8-0 on Sept. 14.

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Three times a charm: Riverside earns third straight title

A fourth-down-and-inches stop with eight seconds to play ensured a third consecutive Tri-County Championship on Wednesday night for John Severn’s Riverside Middle School football team.  Strong defense and a couple of big runs gave the Panthers a 14-8 victory against the Mohawk Warriors at Riverside Memorial Stadium.

The Mohawk squad held a considerable size advantage on its offensive line, which produced a powerful running attack that put together a solid scoring drive early.  The quick touchdown, capped off by a two-point conversion, would be the last for the Warriors.  Riverside answered on its second drive of the contest as Ty Baker broke free for his first of two touchdowns.  The Panthers added a two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8.  With only seconds to play in the first half, Riverside thought it took the lead with a long touchdown pass reception to LeMarcus Cleckley, but a flag on the field negated the score and the teams remained knotted up heading into halftime.

“The scoring dried up in the second quarter,” Severn added.

The third quarter also produced no points for either side, but halfway through the fourth, the Panthers stuck from long distance.  Riverside running back Ty Baker broke free of several tackles and charged his way to the end zone from 60-plus yards out to put his team up 14-8  with nearly five minutes remaining in the game .

“The run was sprung by superb blocking off the left side of the line [from] (Eli) Schweiger, (Jarrett) Speer, [and] (Michael) Brosenitsch, with (LeMarcus) Cleckley and (Gerard) Rippy coming out of the backfield,” Severn explained.  “Baker shrugged off multiple tackles before pulling away. ”

The Panthers missed the two-point conversion after Baker’s second score of the evening, which left Mohawk with one last opportunity to take the game.

The Warriors threatened late with a strong drive that ended abruptly at the Panthers’ 5-yard-line when defensive coordinator Dave Piecuch’s defense, which remained solid throughout the contest, capped off the undefeated season with a fourth-and-inches stop.

“The defense turned in a stellar performance,” Severn said.  “[They] stopped Mohawk on the opening drive of the second half.  [We] controlled the clock in the third quarter by marching the ball down field before stalling out inside the Mohawk 10-yard-line.  [Then,] the defense got another critical stop on the ensuing drive to set up a game-winning touchdown run, [and] came up with yet another stop on fourth down and inches with eight seconds remaining to seal the victory.”

Riverside finished the season with six wins and two ties.  For the second consecutive year, the Panthers defeated a team in the title game that they failed to defeat in the regular season.  On Oct. 15, the squads played to a 6-6 tie.

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RHS middle school football aims for 3-peat

Riverside Middle School Football team in last year's Tri-County Championship game

Riverside Middle School Football team in last year’s Tri-County Championship game

Tonight, the Riverside Middle School Panthers (5-0-2) will host the Mohawk Warriors (5-1-1) at Riverside Memorial Stadium in the Tri-County Championship game.  A win for the Panthers will mark a third consecutive title.

For a second straight year, Riverside will play a team that they failed to defeat in the regular season.  The Panthers avenged their only loss by defeating the Laurel Spartans in the 2013 title game.  Earlier this season, Mohawk and Riverside played to a 6-6 tie, which left both teams with unfinished business.  The difference between that game and tonight’s is that one team will obtain resolve.

Proceeds from the game will be put towards college scholarships in the tri-county area.  Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.  Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

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PHOTOS: Sophomores, juniors win on EC Powderpuff weekend

Last Saturday, Lincoln High School hosted a set of football games at Helling Stadium that had no playoff implications.  However, pride and charity were on the line.

In the 4 p.m. game, the Sophomore powderpuff team offered the Freshman squad a similar welcome to powderpuff football that it was given a year ago in a 50-8 loss to the current Junior team.  Maddie Morella and Taylor Petrak both found the end zone, while Erika Wally added a field goal to boost the Sophomores to victory over the Freshman girls, 25-16.  Alexis Casuccio and Danica Teodoro scored for the Freshman in the loss.

At 6 p.m., the Juniors sent the Seniors off with a not-so-pleasant farewell.  Allie McKelvey, Karrington Ketterer, Cortni Prine and Mallory Swogger all broke the plane in a 30-14 trouncing of the Senior team.  Maddie DeLisio and Amber Leech each added a touchdown for the Seniors.

Though two teams lost, everyone achieved a greater goal as a portion of the proceeds from the powderpuff football games went to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation and the Lincoln High School Club Hope to assist with a local family with cancer treatment.  The girls all wore pink on their uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


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