Category Archives: Local Sports
The following is the time/date information for Riverside High School sports teams from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20. Events are subject to change.
- Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:30 a.m. Girls Varsity Tennis @ MAC Championships
9 a.m. Boys Varsity Golf Section Qualifiers @ Green Meadows Golf Course
3:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Golf @ Union Area MS/HS POSTPONED
3:30 p.m. Coed Varsity Cross Country @ Beaver Falls High School with Neshannock
7 p.m. Boys Varsity Soccer @ Beaver County Christian High
- Wednesday, Sept. 17
11 a.m. Boys Varsity Golf @ MAC Championships
3:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Tennis v. Central Valley
4 p.m. Boys Middle School Football v. Laurel High School
4 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer v. Our Lady Sacred Heart
- Thursday, Sept. 18
3 p.m. Boys Varsity Golf v. Shenango High School
3:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Soccer v. Sewickley Academy
3:30 p.m. Girls Middle School Basketball @ Union Area MS/HS
4 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer @ Freedom Area JR/SR High School
- Friday, Sept. 19
7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Football @ Rochester Area High School
- Saturday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer @ Neshannock High School
10 a.m. Boys Junior Varsity Football v. Rochester Area High School
Aliquippa has always proven to be a test for the past couple years in WPIAL AA play. In fact, more like the past 20 plus years. This trend continued as the Wolverines had no answer for the Quips offense, as well as a breakthrough against the Quips defense as well.
The game started off with a beautiful and comfortable temperature after last weeks’ high temps. The Quips received the opening kickoff and did not look back as a long drive was capped off by a 5 yard rushing touchdown by DiMontae Bronaugh as well as a 2 point running conversion by Darrien Fields: 8-0 Quips.
From there, the rest of the game was in favor of the Quips, as the Quips were able to score the next 36 points of the game, taking a 44-0 lead over the Wolverines into the fourth.
With the running clock (35 point mercy rule), the Wolverines took late drive from the 49 yard line of the Quips after a fumble recovery and at least showed some success in the running game. With 4:03 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines took their last shot at the endzone on a fourth down play and scored a 7 yard touchdown via the air, by Andrew O’Brien to Toby Kelly. A Devin Cortez PAT also added to score, to make the final score of the game 44-7 in favor of the Quips.
Ellwood City, 1-2 (1-2) now takes on Freedom 0-3 (0-3) at Freedom High School this week to hopefully bounce back in the Midwestern Conference and get back .500 overall.
Below are some of the statistical highlights for the Wolverines for the game:
First Downs: 6
Rushing Yards: 106
Passing Yards: 10
Time of Possession: 26:35
Turnover Margin: 0 (2 For and 2 Against)
After a week where the Wolverine football team looked like they were on their way to having a good start to the young 2014 campaign, a familiar foe came into Helling Stadium and lit up the score board as New Brighton routed Ellwood City 38-13 in section play.
The game started off with a kickoff that set the tone for the entire game: New Brighton’s Darrion Gilmore took the opening kick from 15 yard line and didn’t look back as the scoring started off with an opening 85 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Elite kicker Gavin Pritchard added the extra point to give the Lions the early lead 7-0.
From there, the Wolverines continued to struggle on giving up the “big play” by allowing Lions running back Scott Florence run right up the middle for a 64 yard scamper to the endzone to stretch the early lead.
The Wolverines did show some signs of light by coming back with 2:34 to play in the 1st quarter where running back River Kelly went 1 yard on a fumble recovery of his own into the endzone secured 6 points plus a good PAT by Paul Lutz for the Wolverines.
The score by the Wolverines didn’t last long as Florence once again took the rock up the middle for a 40 yard rushing touchdown to silence the crowd
Heading into the second quarter, the Wolverines were looking for a good response to hopefully cut the lead down before halftime. This was not the case – two scores by Lions, another Florence run for 34 yards plus a good PAT Pritchard and a last second field goal with time expired for the half of 29 yards by Pritchard, extended the lead for the Lions to 31-7 at half.
The Wolverines seemed completely out of sync on defense and the offense was having trouble staying consistent. However, late in the 3rd quarter the Wolverines added a long score of their own by running back Nick Ioanilli running outside the right side for a 70 yard touchdown run, with the kick failed to make the score 31-13.
Ioanilli was a brightspot offensively for the Wolverines, finishing with 180 yards rushing on only 15 carries on the night for the Wolverines team the compiled nearly 400 yards of offense in defeat.
The final score of the night in the 3rd quarter was by Payton Fath, the New Brighton quarterback, who ran the ball himself and scampered outside left for a long 56 yard touchdown to seal the final on the scoarboard – 38-13 Lions.
The last quarter was mainly a stat enhancer for the Wolverines as they substituted in several players on offense and was able to move the ball.
Although the game ended in favor of the Lions, the Wolverines showed great pride and made the second half a little more closer on the board as well as in stat column. Next up for the 1-1 (1-1) Wolverines is the 2-0 (2-0) Quips of Aliquippa, as the home game continues to add to a hard schedule.
Here are some of the key stats for the Wolverines:
Passing: D.J. Barrett 4/17/2 75 Yds.
Rushing: Nick Ioanilli 15 carries 180 yards 1 TD, 4 Receptions for 75 Yds. 255 Total Yds. of offense
Rushing: 49 carries for 312 Yds.
Passing: 4 Completions for 75 Yds.
Total Yards: 387
Saturday was a test of conditioning, composure, and overall strength in the trenches for the Ellwood City football squad. Sure enough Coach Phillips had his Wolverines in a great situation to do such on the field. From having three days of conditioning for the heat as well as the long days of two-a-days and such other practices, the young Ellwood City Wolverines were able to take what was given on the practice field and apply it to the real field: Game 1 vs. Summit Academy.
The game started off slowly for both teams where EC as well as SA had multiple chances on drives to move the ball. It was a continued struggle to move the ball until the Wolverines Paul Lutz took a hand-off up the middle of the line for 57 yards and broke 5 tackles to take the ball across the goal line – touchdown Ellwood City 7-0.
The second quarter consisted of only an early touchdown by an amazing play setup by the EC coaching staff where quarterback D.J. Barrett took the snap, handed the ball off to Lutz, who then lateraled the ball to running back Nick Ioanilli, who then finally threw the ball to a wide open Mario Street in the end zone for a 35 yard touchdown pass – EC 13-0 at half.
When the third quarter started, the stadium had a feel that EC was ready to open up the game and sure enough, a Nick Ioanilli 82 yard kickoff return for touchdown helped proved such as the Wolverine lead stretched to 19-0. With this in mind, EC wanted to pour it on with another quick score only a minute later where Nick Ioanilli and the Wolverines took a turnover and ran the ball for 7 yards for a touchdown followed up by a 2 point conversion run by Barrett – EC 27-0.
At this point, the game was all but out of reach with the last score by Mario Street who scampered in from 20 yards out to make the game a 35-point running clock game.
After the last score in the third quarter, Coach Phillips and the Wolverines knew the clock was running and the game was out of hand, replacing most of the offensive starters to make sure no late injuries or ejections would occur.
Overall, with a final score of 35-0, Ellwood City proved most reporters wrong when they were seemed to be the underdog of the day.
The next match up for Ellwood City 1-0 (1-0) will be a Friday contest versus New Brighton Lions home at Helling Stadium (7pm kickoff).
Lincoln High School is back in session which means – Ellwood City Wolverines football season tickets are on sale!
Tickets for five home games will be $30.00 for adult reserved seats, $20.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for students, and free for residents of the district who are 62 or older.
Adult and student tickets will be $5.00 at the gate with adult reserved tickets $6.00 on game day.
Advance tickets will be $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. These tickets can be purchased int he high school office during school hours on Fridays.
The Riverside Alumni Soccer Team sought revenge for losses at the hands of the Riverside High School 2014 high school team after losing the first two match-ups in 2012 and 2013 on Saturday. The game played at the Riverside Middle School soccer field under humid conditions was a test for the “oldsters”. They met the challenge and then some by defeating the high school booters 9-6.
The Ridgely family was well represented on both teams. The elder Ridgelys, Austin and Logan who are now ‘alumni’ played their freshman brother, Nash Ridgely. Nash haD an unassisted goal for the high school team and older brothers combined for 4 pointsfor the Alumni.
Behind by 3 goals the current Riverside High School Soccer coach, Ben Huth, came in the game to score an unassisted goal to ruin the alumni’s possible shut out. He then added another unassisted goal in the 4th pd.
The following is the scoring by quarters (four 20 minute quarters):
Alumni-Ray Nelson from Jimmy Wright 1-0
Alumni-Scott Donley from Austin Ridgely 2-0
2nd Pd: NO SCORING 2-0
Alumni-Jimmy Wright from Brad Humble 3-0
Riverside High School- Ben Huth 3-1
Alumni-Kris Richardson from DJ Tindall 4-1
Alumni-Kris Richardson from Ray Nelson 5-1
Alumni-Ryan Householder from Ridgely 6-1
(Householder had and awesome header to score, reminiscent of high school days!)
Alumni-Logan Ridgely from Austin Ridgely 7-1
Alumni-John Strosnider from DJ Tindall 8-1
Riverside High School-Ben Huth 8-2
Riverside High School-Nash Ridgely 8-3
Alumni-Kris Richardson from R. Householder 9-3
FINAL SCORE: Alumni-9-High School 6
(Three goals were scored by the high school team the end of the fourth period. They were unrecorded since DJ Tindall played dual roles in the game, reffing the first half and playing the second half.)
Many thanks to alumni team members Greg Plutnicki for providing water, Adam Black for the music at halftime and the end of the game, and DJ Tindall for organizing the event, obtaining shirts, and reffing the first half of the game.
The Alumni team would like to wish the 2014 Riverside Fighting Panther Soccer team a very successful, upcoming season.
The following alumni played in the game:
- Ray Nelson
- DJ Tindall
- Adam Black
- Scott Donley
- Bryan Slavic
- Jason Kralic
- Dan Guevara
- Clint Francis
- Ryan Householder
- Jimmy Wright
- Austin Ridgely
- Logan Ridgely
- Brad Humble
- Kris Richardson
- Greg Plutnicki
- John Strosnider
For further information about the Alumni team and games contact DJ Tindall at email@example.com.
Just a typical day at the office for Coach Phillips and the Wolverines: 33 and 244. The number of plays it took to gain almost 2 1/2 football fields of yardage. The fans who witnessed a so-called friendly, or in this case, scrimmage, were pleased to see that there was no lack of production from the offense after losing most of their offense from last year.
(Note – scrimmage was played based upon 10-play series on offense/defense)
The scrimmage versus the Rochester Rams started with a slow-moving drive the the Rams , which ultimately showed there still is some “grit” on defense for the Wolverines. After 10 plays, 40 yards, EC took the ball at the 30 yard line and marched 70 yards on 6 plays to the endzone. The scoring play was made by D.J. Barrett (4 yards) who saw several running plays from the read-option formation.
From there, both varsity teams were held in check until another lengthy drive of 70 yards was capped off with a score by the Wolverines Nick Ioanilli (23 yards).
The 2nd string / Junior Varsity team was also given a chance to “strut their stuff.” Although the offense lacked forward movement, the team did rack up 53 yards of offense.
Overall, the Wolverines showed great attitude and discipline as they only caused one flag during the entire night. The Wolverines seemed prepared and set for their opening game next Saturday (12:30pm) at Summit Academy (Herman Field).
Below are the drives/stats for the scrimmage:
Varsity – 6 plays, 70 yards, TD+PAT No Good
Varsity – 4 plays, 51 yards
Junior Varsity – 10 plays, 21 yards
Varsity – 3 plays, 70 yards, TD+PAT Good
Junior Varsity – 10 plays, 32 yards
Totals: 33 plays, 244 yards (V – 13 plays, 191 yards, JV – 20 plays, 53 yards)
Varsity – 10 plays, 40 yards
Varsity – 10 plays, 42 yards
Junior Varsity – 8 plays, 70 yards, TD+No Attempted PAT
Junior Varsity – 2 plays, 6 yards
Varsity – 3 plays, 8 yards
Totals: 33 plays, 166 yards (V – 23 plays, 90 yards, JV – 10 plays, 76 yards)
The third annual Riverside Alumni Soccer game will be held this coming Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
The event will be held at the Riverside Middle School soccer field, behind the middle school.
This is the third year for the game, which was originally organized by DJ Tindall, Riverside Class of ’94.
The alumni team will play this year’s 2014 Boy Varsity Soccer team, coached by Ben Huth.
It is not only a time of catching up, but an opportunity to see the talent present at Riverside High School.
Riverside has continued to be a powerhouse in the WPIAL and the RAYSL, Riverside Area Youth Soccer League, with many youth, girls and boys alike, have started playing as young as 5 years old.
The alumni have fallen to the high school players in the previous two encounters, 3-1 in 2012 and 5-2 in 2013, so you can bet revenge is on the ‘oldsters’ mind!
Please come and enjoy the camaraderie between the players! For more information or questions, please contact DJ Tindall at (724)971-2352.
Members of the alumni teams are as follows:
- Scott Donley – 1989
- Clint Francis – 1989
- J.R. Phillips – 1989
- Eric Thompson – 1989
- Jack D’Addio – 1990
- Greg Plutnicki – 1992
- Eric Breuer – 1993
- Charlie Kotuby – 1993
- Jason Kralic – 1993
- Scott Peterson – 1993
- Mike Reskovac – 1993
- Ray Nelson – 1994
- DJ Tindall – 1994
- Jarod Burry – 1995
- Jason Belczyk – 1996
- Adam Black – 1996
- Ryan Householder – 1996
- Bryan Slavic – 1996
- Jimmy Wrigth – 1996
- Clint Kotuby – 2000
- Jared Dean – 2011
- Kris Richardson – 2011
- Dante Nardulli – 2012
EllwoodCity.org has pieced together a three-part series spotlighting one senior from each of the seven fall sports in the Ellwood City Area School District. The group was interviewed at Thursday night’s Media Day Coverage. Today’s article marks Part 3 of the series and features two local students. Be sure to check out the previous posts from this segment, Part 1 and Part 2.
Name: Olivia Pigza
Parents’ Names: Justin & Melissa Pigza
Sport: Girls Golf
Years Played: This marks her fourth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? “My favorite memory is all the bus rides with my teammates because we get free food and get to laugh a lot.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “We get to play some new teams and new courses this season, so it will help us all to better ourselves as players.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first match? “We have been practicing a lot both on the range and the course.”
How do you hope you will improve as a golfer throughout the year? “I hope to be more consistent.”
Are there any tough opponents this season? “Sewickley Academy because they have a tough course and because it’s their home course, they know to manage it.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “I definitely learned that patience is a virtue.”
What will you miss about golf after graduation? “I’ll miss my teammates and my coaches the most. We have fun more than anything else, so I’ll miss that environment.”
Future Plans: Olivia plans to attend a four-year university to study biology.
Name: Derek Baker
Parents’ Names: Bill & Heather Baker
Sport: Boys Golf
Years Played: This marks his fourth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? “My favorite memory was the first year I was able to play in the Section Qualifiers and MAC Tournament because it was a good experience getting to play 18 holes against people not in my section.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “I think we can go really far. We have a good team this year and we should be able to make the playoffs.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first match? “Our team has been practicing over the summer. I think we have all improved a lot.”
How do you hope you will improve as a golfer throughout the year? “I just hope to practice more often by going to the course, putting and playing the green.
Are there any tough opponents this season? “Neshannock and Laurel are going to be pretty good. Shenango should be decent too.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “You can’t lose your temper.”
What will you miss about golf after graduation? “I’m going to miss the good times I had playing with my teammates and the fun that we had at practice.”
Future Plans: Derek plans to attend a four-year university to study business.
EllwoodCity.org has pieced together a three-part series spotlighting one senior from each of the seven fall sports in the Ellwood City Area School District. The group was interviewed at Thursday night’s Media Day Coverage. Today’s article marks Part 2 of the series and features three local students. Be sure to check out the first post from this segment, http://news.ellwoodcity.org/2014/08/18/senior-athlete-spotlight-part-1-2/.
Name: Bailey McKinney
Parents’ Names: Rick & Stacey McKinney
Sport: Girls Volleyball
Years Played: This marks her sixth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? “My favorite memory was the MAC Tournament in 2012 because we won it all.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “We have a really close team, so I think that it will be a fun season.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first game? “We scrimmage each other a lot as well as running, conditioning and drills.”
How do you hope you will improve as a player throughout the year? “I think I need to work on my passing in the back row and being consistent and accurate with my serves.”
Are there any tough opponents this season? “Blackhawk and Hopewell are our toughest ones.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “There’s no ‘i’ in team.”
What will you miss about volleyball after graduation? “I’ll definitely miss the friendships the most.”
Future Plans: Bailey plans to attend a four-year university, followed by medical school.
Name: Paul Lutz
Parents’ Names: Paul Lutz & Vicki Alexander
Years Played: This marks his fourth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? “Mine is the Ellwood Riverside game last year because we crushed them.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “I’m just looking forward to playing with all my teammates.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first game? “We’ve been conditioning, running, hitting hard, lifting a lot and basically, just practicing.”
How do you hope you will improve as a player throughout the year? “I just want to get more touchdowns than I had last year.”
Are there any tough opponents this season? “Beaver, Aliquippa and Beaver Falls are always good and put up a fight.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “You have to work hard to achieve your goals.”
What will you miss about football after graduation? “I’m just going to miss the Friday night lights.”
Future Plans: Paul plans to attend a four-year university to study finance.
Name: Savannah Steilner – Co-Captain
Parents’ Names: John & Karen Steilner
Years Played: This marks her fourth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? “My favorite memory was the Ellwood Freeport Playoff game when I was in junior high because we got to rush the field.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “I’m excited to be a senior because it’s the most fun year with no stress.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first game? “We went to UCA Stunt Camp at Slippery Rock University this summer. We also have a lot of practices for our cheers and dance routine.”
How do you hope you will improve as a cheerleader throughout the year? “I want to take all the corrections I’m given and try to improve them as best I can.”
Are there any tough stunts you are attempting this season? “Yes, we’ve practicing our basket tosses and are still working on other new stunts.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through cheerleading? “You don’t know it all, so always learn as much as you can. You can never learn enough.”
What will you miss about cheering after graduation? “I’ll miss being with all of my friends and going to all of the football games.”
Future Plans: Savannah plans to attend a four-year university to study business and fashion marketing. She also plans to be a cheerleader in college.