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After dropping two straight, the Riverside Panthers Boys Basketball team looks to get back in the win column on Friday against conference powerhouse Neshannock (2-1).
The Panthers (1-2) lost a close battle Tuesday night to undefeated Western Beaver, 77-69, in front of their home crowd. Riverside took a two-point lead into the half only to see the Golden Beavers storm out of the gates in the third quarter with 23 of the next 30 points.
Neshannock also fell to an undefeated team Tuesday after taking a lead into the half. Just as the Panthers did, the Lancers played a forgettable third quarter, and finished the game 5 for 21 from outside the arc.
The teams square off at Neshannock High School in their only regular season meeting in 2013/14. Tip-off is at 7:30PM.
Neshannock 2012/13: 16-5 overall, 9-5 Section 2
The Panthers took three of the past four games against Neshannock, including both matches last season.
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Riverside junior forward Logan Sheridan put up 25 in the season opener against Beaver County Community Christian, and at times controlled the game against Western Beaver.
Neshannock senior guard Ernie Burkes scored a total of 67 points in the last four games versus Riverside. Burkes leads all Lancers in scoring this season with 55 points.
(Jan. 19, 2013) Missed shots doom Lancers as Riverside sneaks past Neshannock for a second time, 53-49.
(Dec. 15, 2012) Last season, the Lancers held the Panthers off, 49-46, despite a valiant comeback effort in the second half at Riverside High School.
(Jan. 27, 2012) Riverside initiates full defense on Burkes and Sansone, but the Lancers’ stars still combine for 39 points in a 51-36 Neshannock win.
(Jan. 4, 2012) Panthers hold Lancers to three second quarter points, as Vetica nets 15 in Riverside’s 56-50 victory.
Quote of the Week
RHS Coach John Rorick – “We are a young, inexperienced team that is working hard to get better everyday. Neshannock is very talented, and will be a contender for the section title.”
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The Lady Panthers scored early and often against Western Beaver Monday night at Riverside High School, scoring 19 before the Golden Beavers found the basket en route to a convincing 75-21 victory.
Sophomore guard Katie Stang led the charge by hitting four 3-pointers, and amassing 31 points, while sophomores Jordan Annarumo and Abbey Matiko each added ten points. Riverside (1-2) relied on Stang’s offensive outburst, as well as a suffocating defensive strategy that stymied any sort of Western Beaver (0-3) attack.
After two tough losses in the Sharon Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend, the Lady Panthers rebounded beautifully by holding the opposition to five points or less in three out of four quarters. Coach John Wolf spoke explained this game built confidence within the locker room.
“The girls played well as a team,” Wolf said. “Any time you can build confidence it will help you down the road. We just have to keep improving and learning.
The team, which pitched a first quarter shutout, allowed only nine points in the second half, as they created several backbreaking turnovers.
The Lady Panthers aim to continue their winning ways as they host Central Valley this Friday at 7:30PM.
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The Lincoln High School wrestling team started the season Saturday with both a pair of wins and a pair of losses at Hampton High School in the “Dawg Duals.”
Ellwood City defeated Carlynton High School and Mount Pleasant Area High School, and fell to Seneca Valley High School, Mount Lebanon, and host Hampton High School.
The team heads to Freedom Wednesday to battle the Bulldogs at 7PM.
ELLWOOD CITY 48.0 MOUNT PLEASANT AREA 34.0
106 lbs: Austin Mihalchik, MPAH, pinned Tyler Alberts, ECH, 0:00.
113 lbs: Zach Power, ECH, forfeit
120 lbs: Jeremy Lawrence, MPAH, forfeit
126 lbs: Jordan Lemanski, ECH, pinned Shawn Prinkey, MPAH, 0:00.
132 lbs: Mike Novak, MPAH, pinned Cameron McCowin, ECH, 0:00.
138 lbs: Christian Kerr, ECH, forfeit
145 lbs: Austin Mears, MPAH, maj. dec. Donnie Kerr, ECH, 17-4.
152 lbs: Ethan Charlesworth, MPAH, forfeit
160 lbs: Devin Colon, MPAH, forfeit
170 lbs: JT Baldelli, ECH, forfeit
182 lbs: Jacob Mayle, ECH, pinned Sage Zider, MPAH, 0:00.
195 lbs: Brad Grinnen, ECH, forfeit
220 lbs: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Josh Lind, MPAH, 0:00.
285 lbs: Adam Foreman, ECH, forfeit
ELLWOOD CITY 54.0 CARLYNTON 24.0
106 lbs: Tyler Alberts, ECH, forfeit
113 lbs: Zach Power, ECH, forfeit
120 lbs: Carter MacMurdo, ECH, forfeit
126 lbs: Bryan McCarthy, ECH, forfeit
132 lbs: Ryan Easterling, CAHS, dec. Cameron McCowin, ECH, 5-3.
138 lbs: Logan Witwicki, CAHS, pinned Christian Kerr, ECH, 3:01.
145 lbs: Zach Pounds, ECH, forf. . 152: Caleb Staker, CAHS, forfeit
160 lbs: JT Baldelli, ECH, forfeit
170 lbs: David McCarthy, ECH, forfeit
182 lbs: Jacob Mayle, ECH, forfeit
195 lbs: Brad Grinnen, ECH, forfeit
220 lbs: Dale Rybacki, CAHS, pinned Mike Sinclair, ECH, 0:46.
285 lbs: Michael Griffin, CAHS, dec. Adam Foreman, ECH, 2-0.
HAMPTON 51.0 ELLWOOD CITY 22.0
106 lbs: Tyler Alberts, ECH, forfeit
113 lbs: Jacob Seymor, HAHS, pinned Zach Power, ECH, 1:56.
120 lbs: Patrick Keyser, HAHS, pinned Carter MacMurdo, ECH, 1:22.
126 lbs: Carl Wilkinson, HAHS, dec. Jordan Lemanski, ECH, 8-3.
132 lbs:John Keyser, HAHS, pinned Cameron McCowin, ECH, 0:22.
138 lbs: Joe Lehman, HAHS, pinned Christian Kerr, ECH, 5:06.
145 lbs: Donnie Kerr, ECH, dec. Nick Gust, HAHS, 3-1.
152 lbs: Luke Nugent, HAHS, pinned David McCarthy, ECH, 4:38.
160 lbs: Gus Schmitt, HAHS, pinned JT Baldelli, ECH, 1:27.
170 lbs: Brandon Olszewski, HAHS, forfeit
182 lbs: Tyler Huber, HAHS, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 0:58.
195 lbs: Brad Grinnen, ECH, maj. dec. Josh Aippersbach, HAHS, 11-1.
220 lbs: Mike Sinclair, ECH, dec. UTB Garrett Kurneck, HAHS, 3-2.
285 lbs: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned Alex Hamill, HAHS, 0:14.
SENECA VALLEY 62.0 ELLWOOD CITY 18.0
106 lbs: Alex Lynch, SVH, pinned Tyler Alberts, ECH, 2:52.
113 lbs: Ben Lynch, SVH, pinned Zach Power, ECH, 4:16.
120 lbs: Alex Fisher, SVH, maj. dec. Carter MacMurdo, ECH, 11-1.
126 lbs: Nick Zoria, SVH, pinned Jordan Lemanski, ECH, 4:36.
132 lbs: Gavin Funovits, SVH, pinned Cameron McCowin, ECH, 1:44.
138 lbs: Zain Skalos, SVH, maj. dec. Christian Kerr, ECH, 10-1.
145 lbs: Seth Schiever, SVH, disq. Donnie Kerr, ECH, .
152 lbs: Brennen O`Shea, SVH, pinned David McCarthy, ECH, 4:18.
160 lbs: Steve Rudolph, SVH, pinned JT Baldelli, ECH, 0:33.
170 lbs: Zac Cowell, SVH, forfeit
182 lbs: Brad Hensler, SVH, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 0:56.
195 lbs: Brad Grinnen, ECH, forfeit
220 lbs: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Brandon Nulph, SVH, 1:52.
285 lbs: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned Brady Moore, SVH, 3:10
MOUNT LEBANON 56.0 ELLWOOD CITY 21.0
106 lbs: Tyler Alberts, EC, pinned Joe Binkin, MLH, 1:24.
113 lbs: Jake Buono, MLH, pinned Zach Power, ECH, 1:55.
120 lbs: Carter MacMurdo, EC, dec. Tyler Quach-Dao, MLH, 6-2.
126 lbs: Kevin Kinyua, MLH, t(EC), fall Jordan Lemanski, ECH, 1:21 18-2.
132 lbs: Sam White, MLH, pinned Cameron McCowin, ECH, 0:16.
138 lbs: Sean Perri, MLH, pinned Christian Kerr, ECH, 0:34.
145 lbs: Donnie Kerr, EC, pinned R.J. Fitzgerald, MLH, 1:28.
152 lbs: John Marshall, MLH, pinned David McCarthy, ECH, 3:15.
160 lbs: Jack Rendulic, MLH, pinned JT Baldelli, ECH, 1:19.
170 lbs: Darrell Sanders, SVH, forfeit
182 lbs: Kellen Stout, MLH, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 0:21.
195 lbs: Bakhiyar Zaynullaev MLH, decision, Brad Grinnen, ECH, 6-2.
220 lbs: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Chas Blango, MLH, 5:54.
285 lbs: Zeynul Zaynullaev, MLH, pinned Adam Foreman, ECH, 4:28
Riverside junior Logan Sherdian led all scorers with 25 points and junior Zach Gould calmly sank late free throws to help the Riverside Panthers boys basketball team win their season opener Friday Night 59-56 over Beaver County Christian School.
The win placed the Panthers into their championship game of their hosted Riverside Shootout Tournament where they will face the Beaver Bobcats Saturday night.
Gould connected on three long range 3-pointers in the contest and finished with 17 points.
Wolverines drop season opener, 57-51
The Wolverines hosted an anticipated season opener Friday night as part of the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament. Ellwood entered the season without the aid of their leading scorer, Nick Aloi, who is out for the season with an injury, forcing the team to look elsewhere for scoring power.
The Wolverines faced an early 17-8 first quarter deficit to Laurel, but battled back to close the deficit to two points at halftime behind Tanner Walsh. Walsh scored a team-high 19 points over three quarters to try and aid a Wolverine comeback but the team fell short.
Sophomore Nick Ioanilli scratched double-digits (10 points) for the Wolverines in defeat. Ellwood City next plays Union in the consolation game of the tournament Saturday evening.
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The Lincoln High School Boys Basketball team kicks off its season Friday and Saturday at home as part of the 5th Annual Tip-Off Hoop Shoot.
Last year, the Wolverines won the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament behind the stellar performance of freshman guard Nick Aloi, who rounded off the weekend with 50 points. Unfortunately, the team dropped twelve consecutive games after that, and finished the season 3-18, and 0-14 in Section 2-AAA.
Aloi averaged over 15 points-per-game last season, but a season-ending injury puts tremendous pressure on the Wolverines in 2013/14.
Four teams participate in the tournament: Beaver Falls, Laurel, Union, and Ellwood City.
Beaver Falls finished 2012/13 as the state champions in AA with a remarkable 28-3 record.
The games begin on Dec. 6 at 6PM as Union faces off against Beaver Falls. Then, Ellwood City battles the Laurel Spartans at 8PM.
On Dec. 7, Union takes on Laurel at 6PM, and Ellwood City plays host to Beaver Falls at 8PM.
Tickets for the event with be sold at the door.
Adults: $8 for weekend pass, or $5 per night
Students: $3 for weekend pass, or $2 per night.
Click here for full information on Ellwood City’s 2013/14 basketball schedule, rosters, and team pictures.
After ten years without a wrestling program, the Ellwood City team enters its third season after reformation.
The team, led by second-year coach Craig Albert, advanced seven wrestlers to the WPIAL playoffs last season. Also, Brad Grinnen, who finished the season at 31-9, took fourth place in the195lb weight class in playoff competition. Overall, the team finished 10-12 in 2012/13.
With nine letter players returning to the team this season, Alberts hopes to make an even stronger showing in 2013/14.
“We would love a winning record. We advanced seven kids from our section to the WPIAL playoff last years, [and] we would like to add a few more this year,” Alberts said. “Hopefully, [we can] get a few kids to advance to the regional playoff, and maybe states.”
Grinnen, who enters his senior year, nearly made a run to the state playoffs last season. This year, Alberts believes the ambitious star wrestler is poised to achieve that goal.
2013/14 LHS Wrestling Roster
JOHN BALDELLI Sr.
DONALD KERR Sr.
JORDAN LEMANSKI Sr.
RYAN LEWIS Sr.
BRYAN MCCARTHY Sr.
JOSHUA STEWART Sr.
BRADLEY GRINNEN Sr.
DAVID MCCARTHY Jr.
ANDREW SHORT Jr.
MICHAEL SINCLAIR Jr.
JACOB MAYLE Jr.
CHRISTIAN KERR So.
CARTER MACMURDO So.
ADAM FOREMAN So.
TYLER ALBERTS Fr.
ZACHARY POWER Fr.
CAMERON MCCOWIN So.
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Dec. 7 @ Hamptom “Dawg Duals” TBA
Dec. 11 @ Freedom 7PM
Dec. 16 v. Central Valley 7PM
Dec. 18 South Side 7PM
Dec. 27 & 28 @ Southmoreland Classic 9:30AM
Jan. 3 @ MAC Tournament 4:15PM
Jan. 4 @ MAC Tournament 10AM
Jan. 6 v. Beaver 7PM
Jan. 8 @ Burgettstown 7PM
Jan. 10 @ Slippery Rock Tournament 4PM
Jan. 11 @ Slippery Rock Tournament 9AM
Jan. 15 v. Laurel 7PM
Jan. 20 @ Blackhawk 7PM
Jan. 22 @ WPIAL Team Championships TBA
Jan. 27 v. Slippery Rock 7PM
Jan. 29 @ WPIAL Team Championships TBA
Jan. 30 v. West Middlesex
Feb. 6 v. Ambridge
Feb. 15 @ WPIAL Individual Finals TBA
Feb. 21 & 22 @ WPIAL Individual Championships TBA
Feb. 27 & 28 @ PIAA Southwest Regionals TBA
The following is the time/date information for Riverside High School sports teams from Dec. 2 to Dec. 7. Events are subject to change.
- Monday, Dec. 2
Thanksgiving Break – No School
- Tuesday, Dec. 3
4:00PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Rochester Area High School
4:00PM Girls Varsity Basketball v. Rochester Area High School
- Wednesday, Dec. 4
No events scheduled
- Thursday, Dec. 5
7:00PM High School Choir Concert (School)
- Friday, Dec. 6
3:30PM Boys Freshman Basketball v. Laurel High School CANCELED
4:15PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Area High School Riverside Tip-Off Tournament
5:30PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Sharon MS/HS Sharon Tip-Off Tournament
6:00PM Coed Varsity Swimming v. Grove City Senior High School
7:45PM Boys Varsity Basketball Riverside Tip-Off Tournament
8:30PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Sharon Sharon Tip-Off Tournament
- Saturday, Dec. 7
SAT TESTING (School)
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball @ Sharon Sharon Tip-Off Tournament
12:00PM Boys Middle School Basketball v. Laurel High School
2:15PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Mohawk Senior High School Riverside Tip-Off Tournament
5:45PM Boys Varsity Basketball Riverside Tip-Off Tournament
Tonight, former Lincoln High School football players take part in a relatively new tradition as the alumni football team travels to Union to face the alumni Scotties.
The third annual alumni football game includes Ellwood City players that graduated as far back as 1976, to as recent as 2013. Former high school standout and 2000 LHS graduate Scott LaPenta discussed the reason he keeps coming back for more football.
“Football was everything to me in high school. When it was over, I felt empty,” LaPenta said. “Alumni football gives me a chance to strap up and play again to fill the void.”
Football develops a brotherhood unlike many other clubs and sports, as each player plays a pivotal roll in the outcome of every game. Alumni Football USA, sponsor of alumni football events across the country, allows former teammates to put pads back on and fight beside one another at least once a year.
Any former player aged 18-58 qualifies to play in the alumni game. Alumni Football USA provides all pads and uniforms, as well as all on-and-off-field personnel.
Also, Alumni Football USA gives 50% of pre-sale admission ticket proceeds to the school, as well as 100% of concession and raffle rights to the hosting school in exchange for the field.
The game begins at 7PM.
For more information, check out the Alumni Football USA website.
Available at the gate.
Children ages 9-17: $6
Children under 9: Free
The Riverside Panther football team used its budding momentum from last weeks strong performance versus New Brighton to collect is first victory of the season Friday Night. The 27-7 victory over Freedom couldn’t have come at a better time as it came in the home finale, on senior night, and pulled the Panthers out of the winless MAC conference basement.
The Panthers (1-8 overall) finished the season amassing 99 points of its final 5 games after a crippling early season stretch against Beaver Falls, New Castle, and Aliquippa.
On paper, the match-up Friday night may have looked one-sided – a under .500 Wolverines squad hosting a 7-win Quaker Valley team that was undefeated for the season on the road – but the Wolverines used a second half comeback to secure a 27-16 season finishing victory.
Although the game did not have fireworks of last years 95-combined-point contest between the clubs, senior running back Jared Meyers still had his way with the Quakers (7-2 overall) defense.
Meyers accounted for three touchdowns Friday night, finishing with over 200 yards of total offense, including two rushing touchdowns and a nifty 56-yard pass play to Wolverine Paul Lutz. The air strike gave Ellwood City its first lead of the game and Meyers final score, a 1-yard plunge, gave the Wolverines (4-5 overall) their final advantage.
Lutz gobbled up all 87 yards of passing offense for the Wolverines with three receptions, Meyers finished with 119 yards rushing. and Nicholas Ioanilli finished with 60 yards rushing for Ellwood City.