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Wolverine Football Tickets Go On Sale Today

Lincoln High School is back in session which means – Ellwood City Wolverines football season tickets are on sale!

2014GridIron-AD-LHSThe season tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday during the school hours in the high school office.

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.

FOOTBALL RELATED ARTICLES:
Ellwood City Senior Athletic Spotlight, Part 3 — August 19, 2014
Ellwood and Riverside Football Schedules Released — August 6, 2014

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Panther Alumni Soccer Team Comes Away With Victory

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.

10636044_10203737155741026_6645399441072204934_nThe 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):

1st Pd:
Alumni-Ray Nelson from Jimmy Wright            1-0
Alumni-Scott Donley from Austin Ridgely       2-0

2nd Pd: NO SCORING                           2-0

3RD Pd:
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

4th Pd:
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.)

10568839_10203737156301040_2717157312681929010_nMany 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 tindall2525@gmail.com.

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SPEED KILLS: Wolverines Show Sign Of ‘No Huddle O’

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)

2014-lhs-football-scheduleThe 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:

ELLWOOD CITY:

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)

ROCHESTER

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)

source: www.ecwolverines.com

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3rd Annual Riverside Alumni Soccer Game

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Photos from last year’s Riverside Alumni Soccer Game.

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.

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Both the Varsity Riverside and Alumni Soccer teams.

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
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Senior Athlete Spotlight, Part 3

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.

IMG_2798Name: 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.

 

IMG_2797Name: 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.

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Senior Athlete Spotlight, Part 2

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/.

IMG_2707Name: 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.

 

IMG_2752Name: Paul Lutz
Parents’ Names:
Paul Lutz & Vicki Alexander
Sport:
Football
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.

 

IMG_2736Name: Savannah Steilner – Co-Captain
Parents’ Names:
John & Karen Steilner
Sport:
Cheerleading
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.

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Senior Athlete Spotlight, Part 1

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 1 of the series and features two local students. Be sure to check back for the rest of this segment.

IMG_2721Name: Lauren Stiles
Parents’ Names:
Joe & Tricia Stiles
Sport:
Girls Tennis
Years Played:
This marks her fourth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years?
“It was winning my first tennis match in 9th grade.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “I’ve become really close with the team, so I’m really excited to spend time with them.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first match? “We’ve just been doing summer conditioning, hitting around, practicing serves and doing foot drills.”
How do you hope you will improve as a player throughout the year? “I hope I get my serve harder and win more matches than I did last year.”
Are there any tough opponents this season? “Beaver is our toughest opponent; they’re really good.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “I learned that being a good teammate is really important because you can’t win by yourself.”
What will you miss about tennis after graduation? “I’ll miss becoming such good friends with everyone and just playing. I always liked tennis and thought it was fun to play.”
Future Plans: Lauren plans to attend a four-year university to study biology. She also hopes to play softball in college.

 

IMG_2731Name: Wesley Larry
Parents’ Names:
Sam & Renee Larry
Sport:
Cross Country
Years Played:
This marks his sixth year on the team.
What has your favorite memory been over the years?
“Winning races on and off over the year against the foreign exchange student, Tatsumasa Abe.”
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? “I’m looking forward to beating my own personal record.”
What have you and your team been doing to prepare for your first race? “Running. We run Monday through Thursday for three to five miles a day.”
How do you hope you will improve as a runner throughout the year? “I hope to get faster. I normally run a 19:30 during a race for 3.1 miles.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through playing this sport? “Be sure to pace yourself and don’t run too fast.”
What will you miss about cross country after graduation? “I will miss my teammates because they’re all awesome and fun people.”
Future Plans: Wesley plans to attend a four-year university to study chemistry.

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Brothers of Baseball

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The participants of the 2013 “Battle of Champions” alumni game.

A blast of baseball players from the past will be taking Sanders Field this weekend in the “Brothers of Baseball” reunion and benefit game.

Ellwood City Baseball has been a cherished program by both the school district and community for many years.

The team has brought home a total of 23 Section Championships, 5 WPIAL Championships and 1 State Championship since its start.

Kevin Ricciuti, the pitcher for the 2003 WPIAL and State Champion team, decided to create the first alumni baseball game last year to honor former coach, Erwin “Bud” Campbell.

He accumulated a total of 60 years of coaching in Ellwood City and across Lawrence County. Campbell passed away on May 31, 2009 and the batting cages were dedicated in his honor that same year.

“The Battle of Champions” was a head to head face off of a combination of the 2001 and 2003 Championship teams versus the 2012 Championship team that raised money to purchase a plaque for outside of “Campbell’s Cages”.

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The plaque installed at Sanders Field to commemorate Bud Campbell.

The sign was installed and unveiled during a dedication ceremony at the Ellwood Baseball game on May 5.

Because of the success of the alumni game last year, Ricciuti decided to organize a second for this Saturday.

This time, the game will not only raise money toward the maintenance of “Campbell’s Cages”, but to also help his dad and former coach, Joe Ricciuti.

In January, Ricciuti suffered a stroke and was given surgery to remove a spinal tumor. He was forced to retire due to his limited physical abilities from the operation.

“It will be good to get him back on the field and for him to see the people who helped him along the way,” said Kevin about his dad.

Ricciuti has been a coach for 25 years in numerous Ellwood City sports including baseball, basketball and softball. Part of the money raised will go toward Ricciuti’s medical costs because of his dedication to the program and school district.

Because the young guys stole the game in an 11-1 finish last year, the team format will be changing. Players will be divided into two teams on game day, so the playing field is even.

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Ricciuti huddles his team on the mound in the 2013 game.

All baseball alumni of any year are encouraged to come down to the field and participate on Saturday.

The schedule for the night is as follows:

  • 5:00 p.m. – Gates Open
  • 6:00 p.m. – Pre-Game Warmups
  • 7:00 p.m. – Honorary First Pitch
  • 7:15 p.m. – Game Time

Admission is merely based off of donations accepted at the gate. A 50/50 raffle for Coach Ricciuti will also be held. Prizes will even be awarded between innings.

“Brothers of Baseball” will give these men the opportunity to step away from their everyday lives and take a trip down memory lane back on Sanders Field. This is a game you won’t want to miss!

“With everything that has happened to my dad, baseball has made me mentally strong and has helped me to keep my family strong,” said Ricciuti. “I felt like the bases were loaded, I was on the mound and I had to step up for my team.”

If you can’t make it to the game, but would still like to donate, you can mail a check to Kevin Ricciuti, 303 Division Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117. Checks should be made out to the “Ellwood Baseball Boosters” with the memo as “Bud Campbell Memorial Fund”.

Questions about the game or donations can also be directed to Kevin at (724)614-6111.

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Ellwood and Riverside Football Schedules Released

Football camp is only days away for both Ellwood City and Riverside High Schools. Both teams have a long road ahead to prepare for the 2014 season.

The Wolverines, under the direction of Head Coach Don Phillips, nearly broke even last year with a record of 4-5. Ellwood will have 20 pairs of senior shoes to fill after almost half of the 2013 team graduated.

The Panthers, run by Head Coach Tom Liberty, finished last season with a record of 1-8. Riverside will remain a fairly young team, only losing 10 seniors last year.

Despite the jam-packed schedules for both teams, the rival schools will not face off against each other this season. You can check out all of Ellwood and Riverside’s opponents below.

The 2014 Ellwood City Football schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, August 16 – Ellwood at Allderdice High School 10:00 a.m. (Scrimmage)
  • Friday, August 22 – Ellwood vs Rochester Area High School 7:00 p.m. (Scrimmage)
  • Saturday, August 30 – Ellwood at Summit Academy 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 5 – Ellwood vs New Brighton High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 12 – Ellwood vs Aliquippa High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 19 – Ellwood at Freedom Area High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 26 – Ellwood vs Burgettstown High School 7:00 p.m. (Homecoming)
  • Friday, October 3 – Ellwood vs Beaver Falls High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10 – Ellwood at Mohawk Senior High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17 – Ellwood at Laurel High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24 – Ellwood vs Beaver Area High School 7:00 p.m. (Senior Night)

The 2014 Riverside Football schedule is also as follows:

  • Saturday, August 16 – Riverside at Avonworth Senior High School 10:00 a.m. (Scrimmage)
  • Friday, August 22 – Riverside at Quaker Valley High School 6:00 p.m. (Scrimmage)
  • Saturday, August 30 – Riverside at Bishop Canevin Catholic High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 5 – Riverside vs Western Beaver High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 12 – Riverside vs Neshannock High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 19 – Riverside at Rochester Area High School 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 26 – Riverside vs North Catholic High School 7:00 p.m. (Homecoming)
  • Friday, October 3 – Riverside at Union Area High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10 – Riverside at South Side Area High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17 – Riverside vs Shenango High School 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24 – Riverside vs Vincentian Academy 7:00 p.m. (Senior Night)
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Ellwood City Girls Softball to host Picnic

The Ellwood City Girls Softball League will hold its yearly picnic for the Lil Angels League and the Youth League on Thursday, August 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stiefel Park.

Trophies will be awarded to first and second place season finishers and also the first and second place playoff winners. The league’s annual $500.00 scholarship winner will be announced.

On Friday, August 8, the T-Ball and Instructional Leagues will hold their annual picnic. All players will receive a trophy.

Girls that are moving up to the Lil Angels next year and all girls that played in the Lil Angels league this past season can sign-up for fall ball during the evening.

Additional sign-ups will be held August 12, 13 and 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stiefel Park. The cost this year is $60.00 for the first sister, $25.00 for the second sister and $10.00 for any additional sisters. Girls from the Riverside league are welcome to play.

For more information, call (724)651-1572.

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