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Riverside Boys Basketball Take Down Rival Ellwood

The Riverside Varsity Boys Basketball team earned bragging rights after defeating rival Ellwood City last night. With a packed home gymnasium, the Wolverines fell to the Panthers 54-48.

Despite any rivalry pressure, Riverside’s Zach Gould had a standout game, scoring 24 total points. The senior guard was a force to be reckoned with, sinking two three-pointers from behind the arc.

Sophomore Dylan Speicher followed Gould’s lead offensively to add 14 points on the board for the Panthers, including a three-pointer. Junior Jason Dambach also chipped in 12 points for the win.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Panther defense as Ellwood’s Rick Roth hit four field goals among his 18 points. The junior helped the team to come back in the third quarter after being down by 13 at the end of the half.

Fighting until the end, junior Nick Ioanilli joined in offensively with 14 points. Senior Ricie Scott also threw in 7 points, as teammate Nick D’Itri swished a three-pointer to give him a total of 5 for the night.

Other scorers for the Wolverines included Anthony Roth (4) and Brady Kosior (2). Panthers’ players Logan Sheridan and Clint Fornataro also added two a piece.

Even with their comeback efforts, Ellwood couldn’t take down Riverside in the non-section rival game. Riverside now moves to a record of 3-2, while Ellwood City is 2-4.

Friday, the Panthers are set to visit Summit Academy at 7:30 p.m. Ellwood will also play away at Beaver Falls on Friday at 7:30.

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Ellwood Wrestling Evens Out in Double Match

The Ellwood City Wrestling team participated in a double header match at Burgettstown yesterday. The Wolverines took on not only the Blue Devils, but the Laurel Spartans as well.

Ellwood left with both a win and a loss at the end of the evening. The Wolverines are set to see Mountour at home, 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday for their next match.

The results of each match were submitted as follows:

Ellwood City (ECH) – 34.00 Laurel (LAHS) – 24.00

106: Tyler Baird (ECH) over Bricen Mayberry (LAHS) – (MD 12-2)
120: Tyler Alberts (ECH) over Brandon Miller (LAHS) – (Dec 2-1)
126: Zach Power (ECH) over Dalton Hartle (LAHS) – (Dec 6-3)
132: Carter MacMurdo (ECH) over Jacob Jones (LAHS) – (Fall 1:31)
138: Josh Edwards (LAHS) over Angelo Battaglia (ECH) – (Fall 3:07)
145: Christian Kerr (ECH) over Joel Swiger (LAHS) – (Fall 1:44)
152: Luke Ostemeyer (LAHS) over Maielli Tomas (ECH) – (Fall 1:53)
170: Sam Garner (LAHS) over (ECH) (For.)
182: Jason Powell (LAHS) over (ECH) (For.)
220: Jacob Mayle (ECH) over Will Peterson (LAHS) – (Fall 0:59)
285: Vincent Decaria (ECH) over James Brown (LAHS) – (Fall 5:19)

Burgettstown (BUHS) – 61.00 Ellwood City (ECH) – 18.00

106: PJ Smith (BUHS) over Tyler Baird (ECH) – (Dec 6-2)
113: Tyler Alberts (ECH) over (BUHS) – (For.)
120: Zach Power (ECH) over Jared Vraninin (BUHS) – (Fall 3:30)
126: Austin McDermitt (BUHS) over (ECH) – (For.)
132: Darrell Bails (BUHS) over Carter MacMurdo (ECH) – (Fall 2:53)
138: Austin Riffle (BUHS) over Angelo Battaglia (ECH) – (Fall 0:26)
145: Christian Kerr (ECH) over Austin Walters (BUHS) – (Fall 5:15)
152: Evan Pethtel (BUHS) over Maielli Tomas (ECH) – (Fall 1:50)
160: Tyler Nicholson (BUHS) over (ECH) – (For.)
170: Jacob McKee (BUHS) over (ECH) – (For.)
182: Tristan Nicholson (BUHS) over (ECH) – (For.)
195: Bradley Hucik (BUHS) over Jacob Mayle (ECH) – (Fall 5:38)
220: Brandon Krynak (BUHS) over (ECH) – (For.)
285: Zach Richards (BUHS) over Vincent Decaria (ECH) – (MD 9-0)

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Ellwood Girls Basketball Falls to Beaver

The Ellwood City Girls Basketball team lost to Beaver last night with a final score of 66-34. Junior Karington Ketterer lead the way both offensively and defensively for the Lady Wolverines. Ketterer totaled 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Senior Bailey McKinney followed by adding 7 points and 4 rebounds. Another key Ellwood player was Emily Brown, chipping in 6 points and 3 rebounds.

Ellwood had a tough act against them with leading scorers for the Bobcats including: Lexi Posset with 25 points, Bella Posset with 19 points, Sydney Barney with 14 points and Logan Vuchinich with 8 points.

Other scorers for Ellwood are as follows: Jocelyn Guy (3), Allie McKelvey (2), Sydney Shurtz (2), Paige Mason (1) and Cortni Prine (1).

“We didn’t come ready to play tonight,” said assistant coach Dena Noble. “Once again, we had too many unforced turnovers. We can’t do that in our section.”

The Lady Wolverines will play at Blackhawk on Thursday. The Junior Varsity game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Varsity at 8:00 p.m.

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Ellwood Wrestling Defeats Ambridge

The Ellwood City Wrestling team dominated Ambridge High School yesterday. The team won seven matches with one forfeit to beat the Bridgers, 49-21. The Wolverines will battle at Burgettstown tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.

Full match details have been submitted as follows:

Ellwood City (ECH) – 48.00 Ambridge Area (AAH) – 21.00

106: Tyler Baird (ECH) over Robbie Thompson (AAH) – (Fall 1:22)
120: Tyler Alberts (ECH) over Salim Rollog (AAH) – (Fall 2:21)
126: Zach Power (ECH) over Dimitri Niaros (AAH) – (Fall 1:43)
132: Carter MacMurdo (ECH) over Laconia Seymour (AAH) – (Fall 1:15)
138: Angelo Battaglia (ECH) over Justin Hassick (AAH) – (Fall 1:16)
145: Christian Kerr (ECH) over (AAH) – (For.)
152: Kevin Holman (AAH) over Maielli Tomas (ECH) – (Fall 1:14)
160: Cain Hopkins (AAH) over (ECH) – (For.)
170: Anthony Hill (AAH) over David McCarthy (ECH) – (Dec 9-2)
195: Dean Calderone (AAH) over (ECH) – (For.)
220: Jacob Mayle (ECH) over Matt Maier (AAH) – (Fall 2:19)
285: Vincent Decaria (ECH) over Tyus Airhart (AAH) – (Fall 1:26)

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Ellwood Sports Schedule: Dec. 16 – Jan. 3

The Lincoln High School sports schedule for December 16 through January 3 is as follows:

Tuesday, December 16
3:30PM — Boys Freshman Basketball hosts Union
6:00PM — Boys Junior Varsity Basketball hosts Ambridge
7:30PM — Boys Varsity Basketball hosts Ambridge

Wednesday, December 17
3:30PM — Boys Middle School Basketball hosts Union
6:00PM — Boys Junior Varsity Basketball hosts Riverside
6:00PM — Boys Varsity/Junior High Wrestling at Burgettstown
7:30PM — Boys Varsity Basketball hosts Riverside

Thursday, December 18
6:30PM — Girls Junior Varsity Basketball at Blackhawk
8:00PM — Girls Varsity Basketball at Blackhawk

Friday, December 19
3:30PM — Boys Freshman Basketball hosts Shenango
6:00PM — Boys Junior Varsity Basketball at Beaver Falls
7:30PM — Boys Varsity Basketball at Beaver Falls

Saturday, December 20
10:30AM — Boys Middle Schools Basketball at Neshannock

Monday, December 22
6:00PM — Boys Junior High Wrestling hosts Montour
7:00PM — Boys Varsity Wrestling hosts Montour

Tuesday, December 23
6:00PM — Boys Junior Varsity Basketball hosts Blackhawk
7:30PM — Boys Varsity Basketball hosts Blackhawk

Friday, December 26
3:30PM — Girls Junior Varsity Basketball at Riverside

Saturday, December 27
6:00PM — Boys Varsity Basketball at Neshannock

Tuesday, December 30
Time T.B.A. — Boys Varsity Basketball at Neshannock

Friday, January 2
3:30PM — Boys Freshman Basketball at Riverside

Saturday, January 3
10:00AM — Boys Middle School Basketball at Mohawk

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Lady Wolverines fall behind early, lose at Ambridge

Ellwood City fell behind on the road early and could not recover against Ambridge, falling to the Bridgers 71-25 on Thursday.

PrintA six-point first quarter deficit quickly grew to double digits as Ambridge used a 20-4 second quarter spurt and a bevy of three-pointers to distance themselves from the Wolverines.

“Consistency, something we have been stressing for years, was lacking tonight. Can’t win section games with single digit scoring quarters, committing 25 turnovers, and being out-hustled on both ends,” said head coach Jolene Servick.  “[We] can’t give up 12 three-pointers to a team that we know has very good outside shooters.”

Junior Karington Ketterer lead the Wolverines with 10 points. Senior Bailey McKinney chipped in with seven points, six rebounds, and two assists for Ellwood.

The Lady Wolverines, now 3-2 overall, next host Beaver Bobcats on Monday in Section AAA action.

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Ellwood Wrestling victorious over Central Valley

The Wolverines wrestling squad used two match victories and a series of forfeits in their 51-9 victory of Central Valley Wednesday evening. Ellwood City next travels to Ambridge for action next Monday.

Full match details have been submitted as follows:

Ellwood City (ECH) 51.00 Central Valley (CVH) 9.00

106: Tyler Baird (ECH) over Michael Caponera (CVH) (TF 15-0 5:45)
113: Tyler Alberts (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
120: Zach Power (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
132: Carter MacMurdo (ECH) over Antonyo Rodriquez (CVH) (MD 10-1)
138: Danny Ealing (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
145: Angelo Battaglia (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
152: Jacob Ramsey (CVH) over Christian Kerr (ECH) (Dec 7-6)
160: Francis Roberts (CVH) over Maielli Tomas (ECH) (Fall 3:26)
170: Toby Kelly (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
195: Jacob Mayle (ECH) over   (CVH) (For.)
285: Adam Foreman (ECH) over Scott Meckling (CVH) (For.)

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Roth brothers shine in Ellwood City win

Anthony Roth

Anthony Roth

Rick and Anthony Roth both put up 15 as the Ellwood City Wolverines (2-1) handled the Mohawk Warriors, 69-43, in a non-section match Tuesday night at Lincoln High School.

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Ellwood City dominated the first half of the game with consecutive 17-point quarters.  The team’s lone freshman starter, Anthony Roth, nailed three 3-pointers, as did senior Nick D’Itri.  Also, Junior Ricky Roth drew multiple fouls, and hit a three in the win.  The three players all surpassed double digits in scoring.  Anthony and Ricky also finished a perfect 6-for-6 combined from the free-throw-line.

Ricky Roth

Ricky Roth

The Warriors (0-4) came strong in the second half, but the Wolverines weathered the storm with a strong transition game.

Ellwood City completed its first two game winning streak since it began the season 2-0 in 2012.  The team did not its second win of the season until Dec. 27 last year.

The Wolverines travel to Shenango tonight to battle the undefeated Wildcats.  Tip-off it at 7:30 p.m.

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PHOTO: Fourteen Wolverines recognized at banquet

Last week the Ellwood City Football Boosters provided a banquet to all players, coaches, and their families.  The banquet took place Thursday, December 4th at the Wurtemburg-Perry Fire Hall in Ellwood City, PA. The following are players who were awarded plaques for their efforts this football season. [HM- denotes, Honorable Mention]

Freshman Joel Ables – HM/ Offensive Lineman
Sophomore, D’Shon Stevenson -HM/Defensive Lineman & HM/ Offensive Lineman
Junior, Carlo Agostinelli -HM/ Defensive back
Junior, Norm Ballard – HM/Defensive Back
Junior, DJ Barrett – HM/ Quarterback, Brett Gibson- Maxie Williams Memorial Award
Junior, Devon Cortez -Honorable Mention/Kicker
Junior, James Cunningham – HM/Linebacker
Junior, Nick Ioanilli -MAC Top “22” Running Back & Linebacker – All Conference RB/LB, Elite “11” Beaver County Times Award.
Junior, River Kelly – HM/Linebacker
Senior, Jacob Mayle – “Chinchi Spirit Award”, Brian Rubino 10th Anniversary Memorial Award, MAC Top “22” Offensive Lineman & HM/ Defensive Lineman
Senior, Logan Mihalko – HM/Offensive Lineman.
Senior, Tyler Neyman – Bellissimo Scholastic Achievement Award
Senior, Mario Street – HM/Linebacker

*Not pictured below, Senior Logan Sarver – HM/ Wide Receiver.

Bottom Row left to Right: Junior Devon Cortez, Sophomore D’Shon Stevenson, Junior Norm Ballard, Junior Carlo Agostinelli, Freshman Joel Ables. Back Row Left to Right.: Senior Jacob Mayle, Junior DJ Barrett, , Junior James Cunningham, Junior Nick Ioanilli, Senior Tyler Neyman,  Junior River Kelly, Senior Mario Street, Senior Logan Mihalko

Bottom Row left to Right:
Junior Devon Cortez, Sophomore D’Shon Stevenson, Junior Norm Ballard, Junior Carlo Agostinelli, Freshman Joel Ables. Back Row Left to Right.: Senior Jacob Mayle, Junior DJ Barrett, , Junior James Cunningham, Junior Nick Ioanilli, Senior Tyler Neyman, Junior River Kelly, Senior Mario Street, Senior Logan Mihalko

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Lady Wolverines oust Union behind strong first half

The Lady Wolverines used an impressive first half performance Monday Night to easily dispose of the Union Scotties, 55-20.

Ellwood City jumped out to an 18-2 first quarter lead, then stretched it to 34-5 at halftime before cruising to victory.

“Even though we got another win, I’m not 100% satisfied with our performance tonight,” head coach Jolene Servick said.  We missed many easy, open shots and were forced into turning the ball over 21 times.”

Karington Ketterer led all scorers with 11 points, and collected six rebounds plus six steals in the win.  Senior Bailey McKinney (10 points) and Junior Jocelyn Guy (10 points) both connected on 3-pointers, and reached double-digits for the Lady Wolverines.

The Scotties turned the ball over 31 times in the contest, which Servick said helped her team gel.

“We did force them into 31 turnovers but we still need to work on scoring off of their mistakes” Servick explained.  “I think we are gaining confidence and starting to come together.”

Ellwood City will play its fourth consecutive road game this week as it travels to Knoch on Tuesday.   The Lady Wolverines begin section play on Thursday.

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