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Ellwood City Girls Slowpitch Softball League sign-ups

Sign-ups for the Ellwood City Girls Slowpitch Softball League begin on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

All girls ages 4-18 are invited to join, including Shenango and Laurel area girls.  The event will be held at Ellwood City McDonalds on Fifth St., and the first 250 to arrive receive a lottery ticket worth up to $1,500 (T-Ball excluded).

Sign-ups also occur on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 at the same times.  No fundraisers.  Also, age as of Jan. 1 determines the league in which each girl will play.

For more information about the slowpitch softball league, feel free to call 724-651-1572.

Leagues and Prices

T-Ball (ages 4-6) = $25
Instructional (ages 7-8) = $50
Lil Angels (ages 9-12) = $100
Youth (ages 13-18) = $100

*Family discount = First sister: $25 — Each additional sister: $10

Keep up with this event and others on our Community Calendar Page!

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EC Girls finish strong by defeating New Castle

Girls Varsity Basketball TeamEllwood City put together a solid second half effort in their season-ending match Monday night against New Castle.  The Lady Wolverines (2-10, 7-15) trailed after two, but outscored the Lady Hurricanes (4-7, 7-13) 25-12 in the third and fourth quarters, and prevailed 42-36.

“We saved the best for last,” Head Coach Dena Noble said.  “Tonight was out best win of the year.  We played for pride…and these girls ended their season on a positive note.”

Karington Ketterer (16) and Bailey McKinney (10) each put up double-digit efforts, and the team’s finished with 28 defensive rebounds in the full-circle performance provided by Ellwood City.  Ketterer finished the season with a team-leading 265 points, while McKinney notched 177.  Allie McKelvey also surpassed the 100-point plateau with 108 total points.

The team’s lone senior player, Cheyenne Annarumo, finished her high school on a strong note.  Though she finished the game with only one point, her solid defense helped keep New Castle’s top player Darrian Johnson in check.

“It was important to us to send off our only senior with a big win,” Noble explained.  “Cheyenne was charged with face-guarding their best player, along with Cortni Prine and  McKelvey, and they limited her to only seven points.  That was the difference in this game.”

The Lady Wolverines played with desire and determination all season long, which lasted right through the last game.  New Castle controlled its own destiny in terms of making the playoffs prior to Monday’s game.  Now, they need to beat a powerhouse Blackhawk team, and get some help.  Ellwood City’s victory over a desperate team showed the overall improvement of the young squad since the beginning of the season.

“This team has improved so much this season, and we are returning all five starters,” Noble added.  “This section better be ready for us next year.”

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PHOTOS: Senior night for EC boys

Ellwood City took a lead in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against Beaver, but the Bobcats spoiled Senior Night for the Wolverines with a 53-46 victory at Lincoln High School.

The Wolverines (1-11, 4-17) went into the half tied at 25, and outscored Beaver (4-7, 7-12) by 10-7 in the third quarter.  But, the Bobcats erupted for 21 in the final frame and took the Section 2-AAA match.

Matt Morabito (14) and Tanner Walsh (11) led all Wolverines in scoring.  Justin Vetica also chipped in with eight points.

Ellwood City heads to Our Lady of Sacred Heart on Thursday in their 2013/14 season finale.

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Ellwood City sports schedule for Feb. 3 – 10

The following is the time/date information for Riverside High School sports teams from Fab. 3 – 10.  Events are subject to change.

  • Monday, Feb. 3
    3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball v. Shenango Junior High School
    6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v. New Castle High School
    7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball v. New Castle High School
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Area High School
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Beaver Area High School
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5
    NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
  • Thursday, Feb. 6
    6 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball @ Laurel Junior High School
    6 p.m. Boys Junior High Wrestling v. Ambridge High School
    7 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling v. Ambridge High School
  • Friday, Feb. 7
    NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
  • Saturday, Feb. 8
    NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
  • Monday, Feb. 10
    6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball @ Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
    7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball @ Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
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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.

ELLWOOD CITY HS (ECH) 58.0 WEST MIDDLESEX HS (WMH) 18.0

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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