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Three Ellwood City Natives Named to Collegiate Conference Teams

Three Ellwood City natives and Lincoln High School graduates were named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference teams for 2015.

Matt Germanoski and Greg Lynn, both attending the University of Pittsburgh, were named to the baseball team. They both graduated from Lincoln in 2013.

Kara Sainato, a LaRoche student, was named to the softball team.

More information on the AAMCC teams and on the 3 Ellwood players can be found below:

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Summer Baseball Game Recaps: McElwains, American Legion Have Wins

McElwains’ Fraser Sparkles, Good Ignites Late Rally

McElwains beat Hopewell 2-1 in a Colt League game on May 28 at Sanders Field.

Hopewell’s Guy Rock pitched a shutout into the 6th inning. McElwain’s pitcher Mitch Fraser, after eleven months rest, allowed just 1 run in 6 innings.

In the top of the 4th inning, hits by Hopewell’s Jimmy Kunzman and Walter Lovra put runners on 1st and 3rd. Jack Kostile rocketed a double down the right field line, scoring Kunzman and advancing Lovra to third. The next batter hit a sharp ground ball to 3rd baseman Ryan Bartolomeo who threw home where Anthony Roth applied the tag to Lovra to record the second out. Following this, Fraser would not allow another hit.

McElwain’s Tyler Good led off the 6th with a single that took a funny hop past the second baseman. Hits by Anthony Roth and Cole Guy scored 2 runs, enough to give McElwains the leader. Good took the mound in the 7th and pitched a shut out.

McElwains moves to 4-0 on the season. Congratulations to the team as they play New Brighton at home Saturday night at 6 PM.

McElwains Hitting Their Stride

Pounding out fifteen hits and thirteen runs, McElwains defeated Central Valley-16, by a score of 13-9 in a Colt League game on May 26 at Central Valley.

McElwains raced to a 10-0 lead by the 3rd inning and was never really threatened after that. The offensive barrage was led by:

  • Anthony Roth: 3 for 3 with 2 BB and 2 RBI
  • Cole Guy: 3-5 with 2 RBI
  • Max Keally: 2-4 with a triple and an RBI
  • Mitch Fraser: 2-4 with an RBI

Every starter got at least 1 hit and 8 different players crossed the plate in the Beaver County Colt league road game.

The American Legion Defeats Johnny’s Pizza 17 – 15

The American Legion defeated Johnny’s Pizza in a high scoring Little League game on May 27 at Friedhoff Field.

R.J. Murray’s walk off triple pushed the American Legion past Johnny’s in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. The game was a slug fest that had 33 hits and 32 total runs scored. It was shortened to 5 innings due to the 2 hour time limit.

The Legion’s Ryan Hampton and Johnny’s Andrew Vrabel each had a home run.  R.J. Murray went 2-3 with three RBIs. Anthony Spadafore was 2-3 and two RBIs. James Meehan was 3-3 with 2 RBIs. Nathan Coonfare, Tyler Baker, Carter Lutz, and Alexander Roth each had one RBI.

Johnny’s scoring was led by Carson Sroka, had one hit, and four RBIs. Brayden Hendrickson and Bobby Cherry III each had in two RBIs. Tanner Tomak, Max Kuffer, Joe Hudson, and Marley Schweiger each had one RBI.

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Riverside 4 x 400 Relay Team Wins Silver at States

The Riverside boys 4 x 400 meter relay team came home from Shippensburg with a silver medal.

The team clocked in at 3:24.1 at the PIAA state championship on Friday and Saturday. They had previously won the gold at the WPIALs.

The team consists of seniors Zach Gould, Logan Sheridan, and Marcel Cleckley and junior Doug Fox.

Also competing in the PIAA was the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Sheridan, Fox, Gould, and senior Sean Hatchett. The team ran a 44.3 seconds at the prelims on Friday and didn’t qualify for the finals on Saturday.

For the girls, sophomores Kara Seebacher and Elsa Antal competed. Antal finished 14th in the long jump with a jump of 2 feet and 2 inches. Seebacher competed in the pole vault but didn’t qualify for finals.

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The American Legion Defeats Johnny’s Pizza 5 – 2

The American Legion defeated Johnny’s Pizza 5-2 in a Little League game on Friday at Freidhoff Field.

Ryan Hampton and Joe Hudson were the starters. The game was scoreless going into the Bottom of the Third, when Carter Lutz singled and was driven in on a double by Alexander Roth.

The American Legion Post 157 scored again in the Bottom of the Fourth. R.J. Murray reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Joe DeCaria. The Legion added three more runs in the Bottom of the Fifth, when Carter Lutz singled, Ryan Hampton Walked, and James Meehan tripled to left field to drive in both runs.

R.J. Murray then singled to drive in Meehan. Johnny’s Pizza scored two in the Top of the Sixth. Joe Hudson singled, and scored on a double by Andrew Vrabel. Vrabel scored on Tanner Tomak’s second double of the game.

Nico Decaria pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Joe Hudson pitched 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Max Kuffer finished the game for Hudson, pitching 1/3 of the Fifth.

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McElwains’ Bats Drive Victory Against Blackhawk

McElwains visited Chippewa Park on Saturday and claimed their second victory of the year in the Beaver County Colt League by defeating Blackhawk 8-4.

The visitors pounded 12 hits, including 5 for extra bases, as they pushed their record to 2-0 in the Beaver County Colt League.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the second, McElwains sent all 9 batters to the plate. The inning started with consecutive singles by Cole Guy, Justin Baney, and Ryan Bartolomeo. Then with one out, Josh Bates squeezed home Guy and Bates was safe at first. Luke Angelucci followed with a single, driving home Baney and tying the game 2-2.

The bases remained loaded for Max Keally who blasted the 1-0 pitch deep into the right-center gap for a bases clearing, stand-up triple. This gave McElwains the lead for good 5-2.

Keally was 3-4 on a night that saw him collect 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI’s. Guy and Bartolomeo also lead the hit parade, collecting a single and a double each.

McElwains’ Justin Baney started on the mound and was the winning pitcher. He relinquished just two hits and four runs. Tyler Good closed the game, pitching the final two innings to secure the victory and pushing McElwains record to 2-0.

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Girls Relay Team Breaks Record Again at States

The Ellwood City girls 4 x 100 meter relay team broke the school’s record for the 4th time this season at the PIAA track and field championship at Shippensberg.

In the prelims on Friday, the team of Madison Morella, Taylor Petrak, Brooke Muntean, and Brianna McClintick dropped their WPIAL team from 50.8 seconds to 50.33 seconds. Unfortunately, the team missed advancing to the finals on Saturday by 2 spots.

Senior Brooke Muntean also competed in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. She too missed advancing to the finals in the 100 by 2 spots.

Sprints are divided into heats. The top 3 from each heat, as well as the next 4 fastest times, advance to the finals. Muntean had the 6th fastest time following the 12 automatic qualifiers.

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Photos: 6th Grade Olympics

The 6th Grade Olympics, an annual tradition, was this Tuesday. Fortunately for the students, Tuesday was warm and sunny, the last day before a cold spell.

Students participated in track and field events, such as the 100 meter, 400 meter, hurdles and jumping and throwing events. Softballs and Frisbee are used in place of the discuss and shotput. Each class also custom designs their T-shirts.

The event is sponsored by the PTO and run by elementary physical education teacher Frank Colao. Although Mr. Colao is retiring, he will return for the 6th Grade Olympics next year.

First 9 photos by Ennaphotos. Last 4 by the PTO.

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Wolves Defeat American Legion 5-3

The Wolves bested the American Legion 5-3 on Wednesday.

The Wolves came out strong with Rody Polojac getting 2 RBIs hitting in his teammates, Brennen Marsh and Ryan Gibbons in for an early score. Zach Polojac also received an RBI hitting in his brother to give the Wolves a 3 run lead over the American Legion.

The Legion answered back with James Meehan scoring in the bottom of the 1st to shorten the lead. In the bottom of the 3rd, with Tyler Baker on base with a hit and Carter Lutz on the base with a walk, James Meehan hit a double to record 2 RBIs to tie the Wolves 3 to 3.

The Wolves rallied in the top of the 4th with a base hit by Ryan Gibbons and with a towering hit by Hyland Oesterling driving Gibbons in to add a run for Wolves but to get thrown out at 3rd base.

Rody Polojac also recorded a hit and stole enough bases to increase the lead by 2. With the American legion fighting back, they were able to fill the bases up in the bottom of the 4 and in the 6th but were not able to convert any runs. The final score was Wolves 5 and the American Legion 3.

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Relay Team Overcomes Obstacles to Break Record and Qualify for States

Ellwood City’s girl’s track and field 4 x 100 meter relay team is on the road to states.

The team broke a 39-year old record at the Tri-County Invitational a few weeks ago, broke their new record a week later at the WPIAL qualifiers, and again at the WPIALs. Their current record is 50.8 seconds, and the team is prepared to break that at the PIAA meet at Shippensburg this Friday and Saturday.

The team consists (in the order they run) of sophomore Maddy Morella, sophomore Taylor Petrak, senior Brooke Muntean, and junior Brianna McClintick.

Head Coach Tom Natale said, “It always feels good to coach such a talented team. What makes this team even better to coach is they are all really good people also.”

Prospects weren’t always sunny for the relay. At the start of the season, rainy and cold weather slowed performance and morale.

“It’s not how you do in March and early April that matters,” Natale said. “It’s cold. Times will be slow and athletes won’t beat who they think they should beat. It’s about getting ready for May that is really important.”

Later in the season, the team had additional problems. Muntean had a quad injury and missed a meet. Then, the day before the qualifiers, McClintick faced problems with her legal guardians and was unable to attend practice.

“It was a terrible practice,” Petrak said. “Nobody could focus. Coach [Al] Campman said we all ran around like chickens with our heads cut off.”

Regardless, the team assembled at the Northern Qualifiers to finish 3rd with a time of 51.8 seconds. At WPIALs, they competed against 15 other qualifiers, winning the silver and cutting their time to 50.8.

“We’re all very excited to go to states,” Petrak said. “Coach Natale’s very excited. It’s the first relay team he’s taking to states.”

Natale has even made shirts for his team, with the logo “The ship just got real.” McClintick said, “It’s really corny, but it’s still cool.”

To medal at the PIAA, the team will have to pass the qualifiers on Friday, and place in the top 8 in the finals on Saturday. To improve their time, the team plans on getting quicker at the baton hand off and every individual getting faster.

The four athletes have established pregame routines, which include praying, singing, and dancing. “We’re afraid to try anything new before a race,” McClintick said. “We stick to what has worked.”

The athletes also mentioned the subordinate role track and girls’ sports have in the public eye. Petrak said, “The main boys’ sports [football, basketball, baseball] get all the attention, but it’s the other sports that are doing well.”

However, they emphasized the support they receive on their team. “The girls, the boys, and the coaches are all very supportive, and we push each other,” Morella said. While all athletes expressed gratitude for their family’s support, McClintick wished to specifically thank her parents.

Their success isn’t just limited to the relay. Muntean also qualified in the 100 meter and 200 meter. Last year, she broke the 100 record [12.5 seconds] and tied the 200 [26.4 seconds]. She has been unable to reach those times again, but is hoping to at states.

Petrak is no stranger to state level competitions, having won the swimming PIAA 50 yard freestyle. She also placed 6th in the 300 hurdles at WPIALs, earning a medal but missing qualifying by 1 spot.

Regarding the success of his athletes, Natale said, “The WPIAL is the largest district in Pennsylvania, and this is a really big state. Now for the girls to make it in the relay, and for Brooke to make it in the 100 and 200 as well as the relay, that is huge beyond measure.”

The old record for the 4 x 100 meter relay was set in 1976 Coral Newton, Midge Gwin, Brenda Crawley, and Bev Shakspeare. Trisha Householder held the 100 since the mid-80’s and is currently tied with Muntean and Tiffany Johnson for the 200 record.


Maddy Morella, Taylor Petrak, Brooke Muntean, and Brianna McClintick


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McElwains Good Enough in Opener Against Beaver Falls

In the Beaver County Colt League season opener for both McElwains (Ellwood City) and Beaver Falls, Tyler Good was dominant on the hill. By recording 12 strikeouts and not allowing a runner to reach second base, Tyler lead McElwains to the victory.

McElwains won, 2-0, in a closely contested game. Dante Hill was on the mound for Beaver Falls and was stifling the home team for three innings. McElwains first hit came in the 4th inning when Justin Baney lead off with a stand-up triple. Hill stood tall, getting the next 2 batters to pop-up. Just when it appeared that Baney would be stranded at third, Cole Guy smashed an RBI single up the middle, scoring Baney.

McElwains would add an insurance run in the 6th when Josh Bates lead off with a single, stole second, and was sacrificed to third by Justin Baney. Max Keally’s ground ball scored Bates. Tyler Good would not need any more support than that, locking up the shutout and leading McElwains to the season opening victory.

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