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Ellwood City gets first section win since 2012, loses Aloi

Nick Aloi takes a shot against Beaver on Feb. 5, 2012.

Nick Aloi takes a shot against Beaver on Feb. 5, 2012.

Since moving to Section 2-AAA last season, the Ellwood City Boys Basketball team experienced many growing pains.  They lost their first 19 in section play, and won only 5 of 36 games overall going into Tuesday night’s match-up against visiting Hopewell.

The Wolverines (1-7, 3-13) started slow, but erupted for 41 second half points to earn their first section win in nearly two years, 53-40.

Tanner Walsh led the way for Ellwood City with a game-high 18 points against the Vikings (2-6, 4-9) who handed the Wolverines a 61-35 loss on Dec. 17.  Hopewell held a 14-12 edge at halftime, holding their opponent to only three points in the first quarter.  Ellwood City stormed out of the gates in the third quarter by outscoring the Vikings 19-7 in the third quarter.

The Wolverines earned the victory on the cusp learning that star guard Nick Aloi transferred to Lincoln Park in Midland, the top Class A basketball team in Pennsylvania.  Aloi averaged 15.1 points per game last season, but sat out this season after tearing his ACL over the summer.  The sophomore’s father and uncle both starred for Ellwood City Basketball teams in the mid 1980′s that were always in the hunt for a championship.  This team is rebuilding, which may have played a big part in Nick’s transfer.

With the win, Ellwood City picked up its first section victory under coach Anthony Ovial.

The team aims to move forward in a positive manner, and play off of its momentum gained.  They next head to West Allegheny Friday night.  Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.

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Ticket price increase benefits cancer association

ELLWOOD CITY – Tickets for Ellwood City’s Boys Basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 29 versus Freedom will be $5 at the door for both students and adults.  Senior citizens will still pay $1.  Pre-sale prices will remain $4 for adults and $2 for children.  Pre-sale will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the high school office on Wednesday.

Proceeds from this one-time ticket sale increase will benefit the American Cancer Association.

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Streaking wrestling team takes down Blackhawk

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Match from Dec. 16 versus Central Valley

Ellwood City’s 2013/14 wrestling squad posted its third consecutive victory Monday night with a solid team effort against Blackhawk, 70-9.

Ellwood City (12-4) again benefited from some forfeits, but in the last three meets, the team held its opponent to single digit finishes while putting up at least 70 points in each.  Carter MacMurdo, Bryan McCarthy, Christian Kerr, Zach Pounds, and Mike Sinclair all earned pins for LHS.  Also, Jordan Lemanski posted a win by major decision (14-1).

The team picked the perfect time to heat up as it heads to Burgettstown on Wednesday to battle South Fayette in a WPIAL playoff match-up.  The meet will be broadcast on the MSA Sports Network on WJPA-FM 95.3, or at msasports.net by Bob Gregg.  The first match begins at 6 p.m.

ELLWOOD CITY HS (ECH) 70.0 BLACKHAWK HS (BLHS) 9.0

106: Tyler Alberts, ECH, forf.
113: Zach Power, ECH, forf.
120: Carter MacMurdo, ECH, pinned Larry Stollenwerk, BLHS, 0:32.
126: Jordan Lemanski, ECH, maj. dec. Matt Beatty, BLHS, 14-1.
132: Bryan McCarthy, ECH, pinned Kris Zoretich, BLHS, 3:14.
138: Christian Kerr, ECH, pinned Alec Early, BLHS, 2:39.
145: Donnie Kerr, ECH, forf.
152: Zach Pounds, ECH, pinned Kyle Price, BLHS, 2:40.
160: David Early, BLHS, forf.
170: Jarod Ahlgren, BLHS, dec. JT Baldelli, ECH, 6-4.
182: Jacob Mayle, ECH, forf.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, forf.
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Lamar Taft, BLHS, 5:18.
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, forf. .

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PHOTOS: Riverside strikes Gould, routs Neshannock

Zach Gould hit more 3-pointers Friday night (7) than Neshannock did as a team (6) as the Panthers claimed their third victory in four games.

Riverside (4-4, 7-8) continues to climb closer to a playoff spot as the team evened its Section 2-AA record by clobbering the visiting Lancers (6-2, 12-3), 84-67.  Gould, who seemed unstoppable, hit 14 of 14 from the foul line contributing to a dominating 45-point performance.  Logan Sheridan also made his presence known by sinking 26 points, six of which from outside the arc.

The Panthers took control of the game early, as Gould and Sheridan led their squad to a 40-19 halftime lead.  The Lancers, who scored 90 points in the last meeting between the teams, scored only two points in the second quarter which contributed to their lowest scoring half of the season.  Riverside coach John Rorick explained practice prepared his stars for the rematch against Neshannock.

“Logan was tremendous on both ends of the floor, and Zach was outstanding.  Those two work extremely hard everyday in practice…it shows on Tuesday and Friday nights,” Rorick said.

The teams played a tight second half, but the Panthers never let the game get close.  The Lancers resorted to fouling Gould in the fourth quarter as a means to slow him down, but he went 8-for-8 from the free throw line to finish the game.  Riverside’s positive development this season continues to flourish.  Rorick discussed his team’s growth between the Dec. 13 game and Friday’s match.

“We played a lot more physical and a lot harder.  We are much better now then when we played them the first time,” Rorick added.

With the win, Riverside jumped over both Shenango and Laurel in the Section 2-AA standings.  The teams each dropped a section game Friday night, which put the Panthers in fourth place.

Riverside now has a chance to even their overall record, and to advance to one game over the .500 mark in section play Tuesday night when they head to Mohawk.  Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Lincoln High School sports schedule for Jan. 20-28

The following is the time/date information for Lincoln High School sports teams from Jan. 20 to 28.  Events are subject to change.

  • Monday, Jan. 20
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v.  Hopewell High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior High Wrestling @ Blackhawk High School
    7 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Blackhawk High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. Hopewell High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Central Valley High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Hopewell High School
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Kittanning High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Hopewell High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Kittanning High School
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22
    6 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Burgettstown v. South Fayette HS (WPIAL PLAYOFFS)
  • Thursday, Jan. 23
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ West Allegheny High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ West Allegheny High School
  • Friday, Jan. 24
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Union Area MS/HS
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball @ West Allegheny High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball @ West Allegheny High School
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 – SAT TESTING (School)
    10 a.m. Boys Middle School Basketball v. Union Area MS/HS
    12 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
    1:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
  • Monday, Jan. 27
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. Ambridge High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Wrestling v. Slippery Rock Area High School
    7 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling v. Slipper Rock Area High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. Ambridge High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Shenango Junior High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Ambridge High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Ambridge High School
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Riverside sports schedule for Jan. 20-25

The following is the time/date information for Riverside High School sports teams from Jan. 20 to 25.  Events are subject to change.

  • Monday, Jan. 20
    3:30 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball v. New Brighton
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Shenango High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Shenango High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Shenango High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball @ Mohawk Senior High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball @ Mohawk Senior High School
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22
    3:30 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball v. Shenango High School
  • Thursday, Jan. 23
    4 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball @ Sharon MS/HS Game at High School
    4 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball @ Sharon MS/HS Game at Elementary School
    4 p.m. Coed Varsity Swimming @ Quaker Valley High School Meet at Sewickley YMCA
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. Neshannock High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. Neshannock High School
  • Friday, Jan. 24
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Falls High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Falls High School
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 – SAT TESTING (School)
    12:30 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. Moon Area High School
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Lincoln High School wrestlers earn playoff berth

After defeating Laurel Wednesday night, the Lincoln High School wrestling team punched its ticket to the section playoff in Burgettstown next Wednesday.

Though the last two meets resulted in lopsided wins due to forfeits by opposing teams, Ellwood City continues to pile up more match victories than losses.  Mike Sinclair earned yet another pin in the 220-lb weight class by defeating Laurel’s Peterson William in 53 seconds.  Also, Adam Foreman provided another solid performance with a pin against James Brown in the 285-lb weight class.

Coach Craig Alberts has been impressed with the strides his team has taken this season, and looks forward to getting another crack at the playoffs.

“We wrestled well yesterday.  It’s always good to have won more matches than you lose, even though Laurel was giving up forfeits.  I was impressed with my guys’ efforts,” Alberts said.  “I am very happy with this team for achieving their goal of making it back to the playoffs.”

Ellwood City is currently second in the section with the victory.  The team will play South Fayette in their playoff match.

“We have a lot more wrestling to do,” Alberts added.  “Everyone is poised and motivated to compete.”

The team faces Blackhawk on Monday at 7 p.m.

ELLWOOD CITY HS (ECH) 78.0 LAUREL HS (LAHS) 5.0

106: Tyler Alberts, ECH, pinned Dalton Hartle, LAHS, 2:37
113: Zach Power, ECH, forf.
120:Carter MacMurdo, ECH, pinned Justin Mayberry, LAHS, 3:37.
126: Jordan Lemanski, ECH, forf.
132: Bryan McCarthy, ECH, forf.138: Christian Kerr, ECH, forf.
145: Donnie Kerr, ECH, forf.
152: David McCarthy, ECH, pinned Ostermeyer Luke, LAHS, 1:31.
160: Zach Pounds, ECH, forf.
170: Dalton Rosta, LAHS, tech. fall JT Baldelli, ECH, 0:00 16-1.
182: Jacob Mayle, ECH, pinned Jason Powell, LAHS, 2:48.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, forf.
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Peterson William, LAHS, 0:53.
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned James Brown, LAHS, 2:38.

 

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Weekend sports schedule for Lincoln High School

Here is a schedule of upcoming sporting events for Lincoln High School from Jan. 16 to 18.  Events are subject to change.

  • Thursday, Jan. 16
    6:30 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Blackhawk High School
    8 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Blackhawk High School
  • Friday, Jan. 17
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball @ Mohawk Junior High School
    4:30 p.m. Boys Junior High Wrestling @ South Side Tournament
    6:30 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball @ Blackhawk High School
    8:00 p.m.Boys Varsity Basketball @ Blackhawk High School
  • Saturday, Dec. 21
    9:30 a.m. Boys Junior High Wrestling @ South Side Tournament
    10 a.m.Boys Middle School Basketball @ Mohawk Junior High School
    12 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
    1:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
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Riverside boys take down New Brighton, 71-63

riverside groups 022The Riverside Boys Basketball team watched Laurel sink a buzzer-beating 3-pointer last Friday to hand the Panthers a heartbreaking 66-65 loss.  On Tuesday, Riverside (3-4, 6-8) made sure that New Brighton (1-6, 4-9) had no chance to do the same.

Logan Sheridan and Zach Gould both netted over 20 points, while Ross Maietta added 19 in a 71-63 section victory against the Lions.  Defensively, the Panthers owned the boards, and countered New Brighton’s pressure all night.  Maietta notched 10 rebounds, while Gould  controlled eight, and Dylan Speicher added six.  Head coach John Rorick spoke highly of his team’s performance coming off of such a tough loss four days earlier.

“We played a solid game.  We played good defense and were able to handle their pressure.  It was good to bounce back after a tough loss against Laurel,” Rorick said.

Riverside continues to keep pace in Section 2-AA.  They’ve won two of three in section play, including a big victory against Aliquippa last Thursday.

The Panthers host section-leading Neshannock on Friday night 7:30 p.m.  The team looks to avenge a loss to the Lancers on Dec. 13.  In that game, Neshannock dropped 91 points on Riverside, which is 14 more than any other team accomplished this season.

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Ellwood City girls top Aliquippa, 56-44

Girls Varsity Basketball TeamKarington Ketterer and Bailey McKinney continue to put up big numbers for the Lady Wolverines.  Ketterer netted a game-high 22 points, while McKinney added 12 in a 56-44 non-section win against Aliquippa.

Ellwood City (1-5, 5-9) controlled the second half after taking a 2-point lead into the locker room.  The team outscored the Lady Quips 34-24 in the final two quarters.  The points were generated by simply take the ball away from Aliquippa, as Ketterer and McKinney both had four steals, while Allie McKelvey owned the boards with six of the team’s 18 defensive rebounds.

Head coach Dena Noble praised Ketterer as she put up big numbers yet again.

“Karington stepped up big for us tonight.  It is so fun to watch her go strong to the hoop.  She is a real presence on the court,” Noble said, while emphasizing the importance of growing as a team.  “It was a great team effort.  Great win tonight.  Every game is a stepping stone as we gain experience with this young team.”

During the game, McKinney (106) surpassed the 100-point plateau for the season, which is second on the team behind Ketterer (172).  Also, McKinney and McKelvey continued to show their strong defensive abilities.  This season, the two combined for nearly half of the team’s steals (72/149), and they both maintain ownership of the team lead in defensive rebounds with 35 a piece.

The Lady Wolverines next head to Blackhawk (5-1, 12-1) to face a team that handed them their largest loss of the season, 68-14.  Ellwood City also looks to win its first road game of the season.  Tip-off for the Section 2-AAA contest is at 7:30 p.m.

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