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Wrestling: Alberts Advances to PIAA Tournament in Hershey

Sophomore Tyler Alberts triumphed last weekend in the PIAA Southwest regional wresting tournament. Alberts placed 6th overall in the 113-pound weight class and will compete in the PIAA state tournament.

Alberts defeated Liam Flaherty of Everett in the first round but lost to Max Murin of Central Cambria in Round 2. Murin won his subsequent rounds to emerge the champion.

Senior Mike Sinclair also competed in the Southwest regional in the 220-pound weight class and advanced to the 2nd round.

The PIAA tournament will be held March 5-7 at the Giant Center in Hershey.


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Ellwood City Youth Soccer Registration

Ellwood City Youth Soccer is conducting registration for spring soccer, open to boys and girls 5 to 12 years old.

Ellwood City Youth Soccer will practice and play games at Stiefel Park. The league has two age groups -5 and 6, and 7 to 12. The 5 and 6 age group will meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Mondays from April 27 through June 1. The 7 to 12 age group will meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 28 through June 2.

All children interested in soccer, regardless of experience or skill, are encouraged to participate.

The registration fee is $30 per child before March 14. Registration includes socks and a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Venezia’s Pizza, 521 Lawrence Ave., Ellwood City, or Kathy’s Barber Shop, 429 Lawrence Ave., Ellwood City.

Information: John DiBuono, coach at 724 752 8875 or

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Ellwood Spring Sports Schedule

The Ellwood City Spring Sports Schedule is as follows:

Coach: Jeff Fotia

W 3/11: Seneca Valley Away 4:00
M 3/16: Quaker Valley Home 4:30
F 3/20: Laurel Home 4:30
M 3/23 Neshannock Away 4:30
W 3/25: Montour Away 7:00
R 3/26: Kittanning Home 4:30
F 3/27: Butler Area Away 4:00
M 3/30: Central Valley Away 4:00
T 3/31: West Allegheny Home 4:30
W 4/01: Beaver Area Home 4:00
T 4/07: Ambridge Away 4:00
R 4/09: Blackhawk Home 4:30
S 4/11: Riverside Away 12:00
M 4/13: Hopewell Away 4:00
W 4/15: Knoch Away 4:00
F 4/17: New Castle Home 4:30
M 4/20: Central Valley Home 4:30
W 4/22: Beaver Area Away 4:00
F 4/24: Ambridge Home 4:30
M 4/27: Blackhawk Away 4:00
W 4/29: Hopewell Home 4:30
M 5/04: New Castle Away 4:00

Coach: Gary Rozanski

S 3/14: Shenango Away 12:00
T 3/17: Butler Away 4:00
F 3/20: Freedom Area Home 5:00
M 3/23: New Brighton Home 5:00
W 3/25: Laurel Away 4:00
F 3/27: Neshannock Home 5:00
S 3/28: Union Area Away 12:00
M 3/30: Beaver Falls Away 4:00
R 4/02: Knoch Home 5:00
T 4/07: Mohawk Home 6:30
R 4/09: Riverside Away 4:00
S 4/11: Shenango Home 12:00
M 4/13: South Side Away 4:00
T 4/14: New Brighton Away 4:00
R 4/16: Laurel Home 5:00
S 4/18: Hopewell Home 12:00
T 4/21: Neshannock Away 4:00
R 4/23: Beaver Falls Home 7:00
S 4/25: Ambridge Away 12:00
R 4/30: Mohawk Away 4:00
T 5/05: Riverside Home 7:00
R 5/07: New Castle Home 7:00

Track & Field
Coach: Tom Natale

M 3/16: New Brighton Home 3:30
M 3/23: Beaver Home 3:30
R 3/26: Mohawk Away 3:30
T 3/31: Riverside Home 3:30
R 4/02: Neshannock Away 3:30
T 4/07: Shenango Home 3:30
R 4/09: Laurel Away 3:30
T 4/14: Beaver Falls Home 3:30
R 4/16: Union Area Home 3:30

Boys Tennis
Coach: Keith Golebie

W 3/11: Hopewell Away 3:30
F 3/13: Seneca Valley Home 3:30
M 3/16: Riverside Away 3:30
W 3/18: Neshannock Home 3:30
T 3/24: Beaver Area Home 3:30
R 3/26: Quaker Valley Away 3:30
F 4/10: Blackhawk Away 3:30
R 4/16: Beaver Falls Home 3:30
W 4/22: Central Valley Away 3:30
F 4/24: Ambridge Home 3:30
M 4/27: Knoch Home 3:30

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Alberts and Sinclair Advance to PIAA Regionals

Tyler Alberts and Michael Sinclair will advance to the PIAA Southwest Regional tournament.

At the WPIAL individual qualifiers on Saturday, Alberts, a sophomore, finished 3rd in the 113-pound weight class and Sinclair, a senior, took 4th in the 220-pound weight class.

Coach Craig Alberts said, “I am very proud of our boys. They work really hard and I am sure they will give their best effort at the Southwest Regional. We will continue to practice hard all week: conditioning and technique that will improve their chances.”


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Riverside Loses to Canevin Catholic, Looks Forward to Next Season

Riverside’s postseason basketball came to end on Tuesday when Canevin Catholic slammed the girls’ team 53-21.

The Lady Panthers didn’t get off to a good start, and they never gathered momentum. The Crusaders ended the first quarter 12-4, and they didn’t stop there.

Riverside reorganized for the 2nd quarter, but only managed 7 points. The 3rd and 4th quarters went no better, as Canevin Catholic continued a relentless assault.

Riverside’s usual lead scorer, Katie Stang, had only 6 points.

Coach John Wolf said, “Our youth and playoff inexperience hurt us last night. We will learn from the game and improve for next year.”

However, the team has much to be proud of. “This group of girls has accomplished so much this season,” Wolf said. “Without a senior on the team they fought for a section title and just missed it but landed a playoff spot. That is remarkable, and I am proud of them all.”

Fortunately for Riverside, their entire team is returning, including freshman standouts Sydney Wolf and Mackenzie Mackay.

Wolf said, “I told the girls in the locker-room last night [Tuesday] that the game was not a true measuring stick on how well they played and how much better they got over the season. Our goal will be to work hard all off season and keep improving.”

For the Lady Panthers, who finished 19-4 overall this season, there’s much to look forward to next year.

Canevin Catholic:  12  14  18  9   53
Riverside:                4    7    4   6   21

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Panthers’ Playoff Season Frozen

For eight minutes, it looked as if the Riverside boys basketball team had secured their first playoff game. They entered the court confidentially and smashed Shady Side 19-7 in the first quarter.

After that, Saturday’s game at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic went downhill rapidly for the Panthers. Their coordination collapsed, allowing Shady Side to reclaim the initiative.

“That was one of our best first quarters we’ve played,” Coach John Rorick said. “We just couldn’t maintain.”

Mike Ware had the game high score of 23 points, bringing Shady Side back into the game and eventually establishing a secure lead.

For the Panthers, senior Zach Gould led the offense with 20 points. It wasn’t enough to counter Shady Side’s powerful comeback, which closed the gap and stormed ahead.

Ultimately, the fourth quarter ended with Shady Side leading 61-53, bringing an end to the Panther’s basketball season.

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Seven Athletes Advance to WPIALS in Wrestling

Sophomore Tyler Alberts and senior Mike Sinclair each took the gold at the WPIAL individual qualifiers this Saturday.

Joining them at the WPIAL finalists will be Tyler Baird, Carter MacMurdo, Zach Power, David McCarthy , and Jacob Mayle.

“It is more satisfying to have seven players advance than anything else that happened today,” Coach Craig Alberts said.

Alberts goes into the finals with a 29-2 season record, and Sinclair is 19-4. The finals will be held at South Fayette on Saturday.

106 — Baird (EC) decision Kalamez (Freedom) 13-3
106 — Smith (Burgettstown) decision Baird (EC) 7-6
106 — Baird (EC) pin Caponera (Central Valley) 5:00
106 — Baird (EC) decision Dunn (South Fayette) 8-3 WPIAL finalist
113 — Alberts (EC) pin Vraninin (Burgettstown) 1:35
113 — Alberts (EC) decision John (South Fayette) 3-0 WPIAL finalist
120 — MacMurdo (EC) pin Sweetie (Fort Cherry) 1:17
120 — Wolf (South Fayette) decision MacMurdo (EC) 3-2
120 — MacMurdo (EC) decision Miller (Laurel) 6-0
120 — MacMurdo (EC) decision Johnston (Freedom) 15-1 WPIAL finalist
126 — Demor (South Side) pin Power (EC) 1:35
126 — Riffle (Burgettstown) pin Power (EC) 3:10 (Power is a WPIAL finalist because the top five qualify and his weight class only has four entrants.)
132 — Ognibene (Chartiers-Houston) pin Battaglia (EC) 3:19
138 — Mastrangelo (Central Valley) pin Kerr (EC) 3:03
145 — Tripp (South Side) pin Ealing :23
152 — Umphrey (Avella) pin Maelli (EC) 1:19
160 — Trombetto (Freedom) pin McCarthy (EC) 1:59
160 — McCarthy (EC) pin McKim (Chartiers-Houston) :53
160 — Burris (South Side) pin McCarthy (EC) 1:53
160 — McCarthy (EC) pin Kern (Washington) 3:56 (WPIAL finalist)
182 — Mayle (EC) pin Fabianich (Central Valley) 1:01
182 — Grimm (Chartiers-Houston) pin Mayle (EC) :24
182 — Mayle (EC) pin Simmons (Freedom) 4:30
182 — Simonelli (Avella) pin Mayle (EC) :23
182 — Mayle (EC) decision Nicholson (Burgettstown) 7-2 (WPIAL finalist)
220 — Sinclair (EC) pin Carter (South Fayette) 2:31
220 — Sinclair (EC) decision Graham (Avella) 15-0
220 — Sinclair (EC) pin Mcintyre (Fort Cherry) 2:45 (WPIAL finalist)
285 — Gloady (Washington) pin Foreman (EC) 4:14

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First Playoff Game a Learning Experience for Ellwood

The Ellwood City girls basketball team went into battle on Saturday, February 14 for their first playoff game in 17 years.

Unfortunately, it will be their only playoff game this season. The Lady Wolverines were outmatched 50-40 by Ford City, a team full of playoff veterans.

The Sabers’ game centered around senior Christina Davis, who scored 28 points.

Coach Jolene Servick said, “No one stepped up and took her out of her game, they just kind of let her lay back in that corner where she hit them all.”

Ellwood, which usually picks up the lead in the 3rd and 4th quarters, couldn’t make up a comeback. Only three players scored. Jocelyn Guy was the top scorer with 18 points, and Bailey McKinney and Karrington Ketterer each had 11.

As Servick said after the final section game, the goal this season was simply to make it to the playoffs. With only two seniors, there are high hopes for next season.

“It’s all new to them and they had no idea what to expect,” Servick commented. “But it won’t be anymore. Now we’re here, now the juniors know, and next year will hopefully be a different story.”

Ford City:          17  13  7  13    50
Ellwood City:    11  6   8  15    40

Box Score:

Bailey McKinney 4 2-3 11
Karington Ketterer 5 1-6 11
Jocelyn Guy 6 1-2 18
Totals: 15 4-11 40

Christina Davis 9 5-7 28
Catelyn Cujas 4 1-2 9
Abby DiGregorio 3 0-1 7
Kenzie Lasher 1 0-0 2
Tyree Freeman 2 0-0 4
Totals: 19 6-10 50

ELLWOOD CITY 11 6 8 15 — 40
FORD CITY 17 13 7 13 — 50

3-point goals — Ellwood City 6 (McKinney 1, Guy 5), Ford City 6 (Davis 5, DiGregorio 1)


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Riverside Sports Schedule: Feb. 14 – Feb. 21

The Riverside High School sports schedule for Feb. 14 through Feb. 21 is as follows:

Saturday, February 14
2:30 PM – Boys Varsity Basketball Shady Side Academy WPIAL PLAYOFFS @ CW North Catholic HS Away

Monday, February 16
Snow Make−up Day (School)

Tuesday, February 17
6:30PM – Girls Varsity Basketball Bishop Canevin High School WPIAL PLAYOFFS @ MOON HS Away

Wednesday, February 18
No events scheduled

Thursday, February 19
No events scheduled

Friday, February 20
TBA – Coed Varsity Swimming WPIAL FINALS AT PITT Away

Saturday, February 21
TBA – Coed Varsity Swimming WPIAL FINALS AT PITT Away

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Basketball Playoff Season Ticket Information

Three local high school basketball teams qualified this year for the playoffs: the Riverside boys team, the Riverside girls team, and the Ellwood City girls team.

The Riverside boys start the playoffs this Saturday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m.  The game is against Shady Side Academy at CW North Catholic. The Panthers are 11-10 overall and 7-3 in their AA conference.

The girls team will begin play Tuesday, February 17 at a site TBA against Canevin Catholic. The Lady Panthers are 19-3 overall and 9-3 in their AA conference.

Ticket Information:
Playoff tickets will be on sale in the high school main office on Thursday, February 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. No student tickets will be sold at the door on game night.

Ellwood City:
The Ellwood City girls team advanced to the playoffs for the first time since the 1997-1998 season. They start the post-season on Saturday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. at North Allegheny. The girls will play against Ford City. The Lady Wolverines are 12-10 overall and 5-7 in their AAA conference.

Ticket Information:
Tickets will be on sale in the high school main office on Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. No student tickets will be sold at the door on game night.

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