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Riverside sports schedule for week of Feb. 3

The following is the time/date information for Riverside High School sports teams from Fab. 3 – 8.  Events are subject to change.

  • Monday, Feb. 3
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball @ Union Area MS/HS
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball @ Mohawk Senior High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball @ Mohawk Senior High School
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Mohawk Senior High School
    4 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball @ Rochester Area High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball @ Laurel High School
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5
    3:30 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball v. Mohawk Senior High School
  • Thursday, Feb. 6
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. New Brighton High School CANCELED
    6 p.m. Coed Varsity Swimming @ Beaver Area High School
    7 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. New Brighton High School Senior Night
  • Friday, Feb. 7
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. New Brighton High School CANCELED
    6 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. Knoch High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Falls High School
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 – ACT TESTING (School)
    12 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. South Side Area School District
    1:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. South Side Area School District
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PHOTOS: EC Wrestlers put on a show for Senior Night crowd

Fresh off of a strong showing in the WPIAL team playoffs, the Ellwood City Wrestling team returned home for Senior Night on Thursday and defeated West Middlesex, 58-18.

Five pins, a major decision, and three forfeits gave Ellwood City the edge.  Mike Sinclair hit the 20-pin plateau by taking six points against Gator Thompson in the 220-lb match.  Also earning pins were Brad Grinnin, Carter MacMurdo, Bryan McCarthy, and J.T. Baldelli.  Zach Pounds won by major decision (12-4) against Jason Ash in the 152-lb bout.

The team’s final meet occurs on Feb. 6 when they host Ambridge.  Then, the WPIAL Individual Finals begin on Feb. 15.


106: Tyler Alberts, ECH, pinned Jacob Wiser, WMH, 1:40.
113: Mitchell Murray, WMH, dec. Zach Power, ECH, 8-1.
120: Carter MacMurdo, ECH, pinned Walter Drda, WMH, 3:17.
126: Jordan Lemanski, ECH, forfeit.
132: Bryan McCarthy, ECH, pinned Douglas Brennen, WMH, 1:51.
138: Brandon Dick, WMH, dec. Christian Kerr, ECH, 3-1.
145: Donnie Kerr, ECH, forfeit.
152: Zach Pounds, ECH, maj. dec. Jason Ash, WMH, 12-4.
160: David McCarthy, ECH, forfeit.
170: JT Baldelli, ECH, pinned Joey Trippy, WMH, 3:28.
182: Eric Lucich, WMH, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 0:23.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, pinned Austin Groenendaal, WMH, 0:26.
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Gator Thompson, WMH, 1:19.
285: Jeffery Spencer, WMH, pinned Adam Foreman, ECH, 3:39.

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EC wrestling team drops quarterfinal match to Burrell

Ellwood City wrestlers preparing for match versus Central Valley on Dec. 16.

Ellwood City wrestlers preparing for match versus Central Valley on Dec. 16.

Ellwood City earned a first-round victory against South Allegheny in the WPIAL playoffs, but fell to the reigning champion Burrell squad in the quarterfinals.

In the first round, Ellwood City earned eight pins, and only relinquished three in a 48-27 win versus South Allegheny.  Zach Powers, Tyler Alberts, Christian Kerr, Donnie Kerr, Jacob Mayle, Brad Grinnen and Mike Sinclair all took six points a piece from their opponents.  Also, J.T. Baldelli won by forfeit.

Poised to move on, the Wolverines went on to face a Burrell team who has won seven consecutive WPIAL titles.  A forfeit win by Brad Grinnen in the 195-lb class, and 1-0 decision win by Mike Sinclair gave Ellwood City an early advantage, but Burrell took the next 11 bouts including eight by pin in a lopsided 66-9 victory.

Burrell certainly showed the crowd why it is in contention for an eighth consecutive title.  Two of the WPIAL’s top wrestlers are part of the squad: Steven Edwards, who pinned Zach Pounds in the 152-lb class, and Corey Falleroni, who pinned Bryan McCarthy in the 145-lb class.  Both matches ended in under one minute.

“They were tough and showed us why they are ranked number one in the WPIAL,” coach Craig Alberts said.  “We wrestled well [in] beating a solid South Allegheny team.  Unfortately, we couldn’t get Burrell.”

Sinclair’s victories upped his record to 23-4 for the season, and the first-round match gave him 19 pins overall in 2013/14.

Alberts pridefully spoke about his team following the loss.

“We did a great job.  We definitely improved,” Alberts added.  “Last year, we made it to the section playoffs, and didn’t win a match.  This year, we can out with two victories…one in the section and one in the WPIAL tournament which advanced us to the quarterfinals.  I couldn’t be prouder of our boys.”

The team looks to rebound tonight against West Middlesex  at Lincoln High School.

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Riverside boys drop third straight section game

Senior guard Jared Harden defends Ellwood City's Chris Maielli in a game on Dec. 16.

Senior guard Jared Harden defends Ellwood City’s Tanner Walsh in a game on Dec. 16.

The Riverside Panthers were riding high after taking three of four section games.  The boys defeated Aliquippa and New Brighton before dismantling Neshannock on Jan. 17.

Since that 84-67 win against the Lancers, Riverside (4-7, 7-11) had dropped three consecutive games, all of which were in Section 2-AA play.  The third of which occurred Wednesday night at Shenango as the Wildcats held on to defeat the Panthers, 60-55.

For the second time this season, Shenango (4-7, 8-10) matched Riverside’s attack, and pulled away late in the contest.  The Wildcats led 52-50 heading into the fourth quarter, then edged the Panthers 8-5 in the final frame to steal the victory and move ahead of Riverside in the section standings.  Coach John Rorick attributes the team’s shortcomings to poor defensive execution.

“We have to play better defense,” Rorick said.  “We are scoring points, but you have to be able to rebound and defend.  We are not doing either of those right now.”

Going into the Jan. 21 match against Mohawk, the Panthers controlled their own destiny as they maintained a one-game lead in the playoff race over Laurel and Shenango.  Now, with a Laurel victory last night over Mohawk and Shenango’s win, the Panthers are two games out with only four to go.

The good news for Riverside is that they face three more section opponents before finishing up against Union on Feb. 10.  If the team gets past Aliquippa tomorrow night, they get a chance to pull back into the playoff race when they travel to Laurel for a showdown with the Spartans on Feb. 4.

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Ambridge defeated Ellwood City girls, 53-37

It was the tale of two halves at Lincoln High School Monday night.  The Lady Wolverines (1-9, 6-14) went into the locker room after two quarters down 36-11.

The girls then outscored Ambridge (4-5, 10-6) 26-17 in the second half, but the halftime lead was insurmountable as the Lady Bridgers took the Section 2-AAA match, 53-37.

While no Ellwood City player put up double-digits, four of the five players that did score notched at least seven points.  Surprisingly, offensive standout Karington Ketterer, who averages 11.9 points per game, was held to only two field goals and five points.  Though, she paced the team with five assists.  Bailey McKinney led all Lady Wolverines with nine points, and contributed defensively with three steals.

Ellwood City turned the ball over 18 times, and three Lady Bridgers players recorded twelve-plus points.  Ambridge’s Sydney Rabold led all scorers with 15.

The Lady Wolverines head to Central Valley tonight at 7:30 p.m. for their last road game of the season, then finish out 2013/14 at home against New Castle on Feb. 3.

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Ellwood City girls get back in win column at Laurel

The Lady Wolverines (1-8, 6-13) ended a four-game skid Saturday afternoon by defeating the Laurel Lady Spartans 51-39 in a non-section match.

While standout Karington Ketterer produced a double-digit effort with 19 points, it was a sophomore guard that frustrated Laurel (11-6) the most.

“Emily Brown really stepped up for us today,” head coach Dena Noble said.  “This was our third game in a row, and all have been on the road…we lost the past two.  So, this win was very much needed.”

Brown drained four 3-pointers and finished the game with a career-best 21 points while also contributing defensively with five steals.  As a team, the Ellwood City forced 28 turnovers which complete stymied the Laurel attack.  Also for the Lady Wolverines, Bailey McKinney and Allie McKelvey grabbed a combined 15 rebounds-ten of which were defensive-to pace the way for their team.

“We have been working on being more aggressive on defense,” Noble added.

This win marks the first away from Lincoln High School this year for Ellwood City, and should give the team some momentum when they come back home tonight.

“We are going to take this confidence-booster into our next section match-up against Ambridge on Monday,” Noble explained.

In their first head-to-head battle on Jan. 2, the Lady Bridgers romped Ellwood City 53-21.  Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School.

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PHOTOS: Riverside takes down top-seeded Neshannock

The Riverside Girls Basketball team earned a huge win Thursday night by edging previously undefeated Neshannock, 41-38.

The Lady Panthers (3-5, 6-9), who dropped a tough decision to the Shenango Lady Wildcats on Monday, played spoiler to the visiting Lady Lancers who game into the game with a 17-0 record.  Eight of Neshannock’s victories came at the hands of section opponents, but Riverside, who lost 66-44 at Neshannock High School on Dec. 19, would not be denied.

Twice, the Lady Panthers held Neshannock to single digits in a quarter.  They jumped out to a 10-4 lead after one en route to a 20-14 halftime edge.  Then, down three points after three, Riverside held its opponent to only six points in the final frame (12-6) which sealed the victory.

Katie Stang paced the Lady Panthers in scoring with 27 points, while the defense stymied the Neshannock (8-1, 17-1) attack.  Coach John Wolf explained that his team was ready for the always dangerous Lady Lancers.

“The low score was a combination of our game plan and the girls’ hustle and effort,” Wolf said.  “Katie made four throws in a row in the final minute, and we made a stop on defense as they tried to tie it up.”

Stang’s work ethic continues to appear during each game.  Her determination and leadership has put Riverside in a great position to make a run for the final playoff spot in Section 2-AA.

“Katie is a true ‘gym rat.’  She puts in a lot of time, and is always trying to get better,” Wolf added.  “She has had a good start to the season, and is always trying to make herself and [her] teammates better.  She has been fun to coach…the entire team has been fun to coach, and has learned so much already this season.”

The girls currently own the fifth spot in their section, which is only two games behind Shenango, and 2.5 back from Laurel.

The team next heads to Beaver Falls on Monday.  Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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EC girls drop fourth straight

Girls Varsity Basketball TeamThe woes continues for the Lady Wolverines, as they fell in overtime Thursday night at West Allegheny, 53-51.

Ellwood City (1-8, 5-13) outscored the Lady Indians (2-7, 4-11) in three of the four quarters, but a dominant third quarter put West Allegheny in position to steal the game in overtime.  The loss marked the fourth straight for the Lady Wolverines overall, and their sixth consecutive in Section 2-AAA play.

Bailey McKinney (17) and Karington Ketterer (16) both put up double digits, but most of Ketterer’s came in the first half as she only scored two after the break.  Coach Dena Noble credits the West Allegheny defense for holding Ketterer in check in the second half and overtime.

“Karington scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, and they face-guarded her the rest of the way,” Noble said.  “Unfortunately, the rest of our team had trouble putting the ball in the hoop, and they outscored us 19-6 in the third quarter.  [That] led to our demise”

Ellwood City suffered from a short bench, which affected them in the game’s later stages.  Katelyn Wardman missed the game with a knee injury after leading the team in scoring in the previous two games.  Then, both McKinney and Emily Brown fouled out.

“It’s hard to execute plays with your two best shooters on the bench,” Noble added.

Noble’s team has now dropped 10 of 12, but she feels that every game provides a great learning experience for her young players.

“We have a young team, [and] most of them have never played in a close game let alone a game that goes into overtime,” Noble explained.  “We are striving for consistency and learning from every game we play.  This young team has to put this game behind us, learn from it, and move forward.”

The girls host Ambridge Monday night at 8 p.m.

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LHS wrestlers split decisions in Burgettstown


Tyler Alberts takes down opponent in Dec. 16 match against Central Valley

Ellwood City’s wrestling team went into Wednesday evening’s playoff match with high hopes, largely due to their three consecutive victories and strong season-long tournament play.

Unfortunately, the boys ran into a highly skilled, undefeated South Fayette squad, and fell, 64-18.

Ellwood City’s stars shinned early as Brad Grinnen, Mike Sinclair, and Adam Foreman all earned pins putting their team up 18-12. But, their victories proved to be the last for LHS as South Fayette took the first round match, then went on to win the Section 1-AA Championship.

Even with the loss, Coach Craig Alberts brimmed with pride over his team’s performance.

“Our guys wrestled as tough as I have seen them all year. South Fayette had a lot of solid kids on their team and we did our best competing against them,” Alberts said.

Following the match with South Fayette, Ellwood City went on to face Avella, who also lost its first round battle against Burgettstown.

The teams took each other to the brink as each won seven matches, but Ellwood City earned the win on the strength of three decisions, 42-33. Grinnen and Foreman both finished the day undefeated with pins in the 195-lb and 285-lb weight classes respectively. Also collecting pins were Jacob Mayle, Tyler Alberts, Jordan Lemanski, and Christian Kerr.

Standout Mike Sinclair, who has been solid all season for Ellwood City, fell to decision in double overtime, 7-2, but only allowed Avella’s Jake Temple to take three points. Carter MacMurdo followed suit by losing by decision (4-0), and J.T. Baldelli provided a similar effort (3-0). Coach Alberts commended the efforts of the wrestlers who refused to get pinned.

“The Avella match was also a tough match that we were able to win. The boys were really fired up and did not disappoint,” Alberts explained. “Overall, I am very proud of our boys. The upper weight classes are strong for us, but even the kids that did not win were able to contribute by not giving up the maximum amount of points or by staying off their back.”

A scary moment occurred in the 152-lb bout as Ellwood City Junior David McCarthy was injured against Avella’s Nicholas Kusich. The injury is being evaluated, but no further information is available at this time.

As has been the case all season, Ellwood City showed determination and dedication in their third place finish. They next face Slippery Rock on Monday night before taking part in the WPIAL Team Championships on Wednesday. The team will be a third seed in the championships.

The meet against Slippery Rock occurs at Lincoln High School, and begins at 7 p.m.


106: Andrew John, SFH, pinned Zach Power, ECH, 0:44.
113: Jasper Wolfe, SFH, maj. dec. Tyler Alberts, ECH, 10-1.
120: Kevin Chaussard, SFH, pinned Carter MacMurdo, ECH, 5:36.
126: Scott Rzepecki, SFH, pinned Jordan Lemanski, ECH, 3:16.
132: Michael Carr, SFH, pinned Bryan McCarthy, ECH, 1:06.
138: Shane Ging, SFH, pinned Christian Kerr, ECH, 4:18.
145: Camden Hoover, SFH, forf.
152: Brett Beltz, SFH, pinned Zach Pounds, ECH, 1:16.
160: Grant Fetchet, SFH, pinned David McCarthy, ECH, 0:29.
170: Jared Walker, SFH, pinned JT Baldelli, ECH, 2:57.
182: Jack Previte, SFH, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 1:45.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, pinned Rausaun Culberson, SFH, 3:38.
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Bryce Christoff, SFH, 5:20.
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned Jeremy Carter, SFH, 3:06.


106: Tyler Alberts, ECH, forf. . 113: Zach Power, ECH, forf.
120: Luke Lloyd, AAH, dec. Carter MacMurdo, ECH, 4-0.
126: Jordan Lemanski, ECH, pinned Anthony Lowe, AAH, 1:26.
132: Sean Merideth, AAH, pinned Bryan McCarthy, ECH, 1:12.
138: Christian Kerr, ECH, pinned Mitchell Macik, AAH, 1:17.
145: Dalton Simonelli, AAH, forf.
152: Nicholas Kusich, AAH, inj. def. David McCarthy, ECH.
160: Brian Gordon, AAH, pinned Zach Pounds, ECH, 5:15.
170: Shawn Carl, AAH, dec. JT Baldelli, ECH, 3-0.
182: Jacob Mayle, ECH, pinned Shea Carroll, AAH, 0:41.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, pinned Derek Allen, AAH, 3:53.
220: Jake Temple, AAH, dec. 2OT Mike Sinclair, ECH, 7-2.
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned Andrew Haskakis, AAH, 4:58.

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EC Amateur Baseball Federation accepting late registrations

If you missed the first round of sign-ups, then you’re still in luck!

The Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation is now accepting late registrations for 2014 Summer Season through Jan. 31, 2014.

Registrations are completed on-line at  Registration is for T-Ball, Farm League, Minor League, Little League, Pony League and Colt League for the Ellwood City community’s youth ages 3-16.

For more information regarding registration, please see the prior article posted from our Jan. 8 publication.

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