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Local youth wrestlers advance to state championships

Jake Alberts and Austin Walley each took first place in their respected weight class at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PAJW) Area 4 qualifier at McMillan High School this past Saturday.

Alberts won the age 11-12, 65-pound class and Walley won the age 11-12, 100-pound class.

Only the top two go to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championships in Harrisburg from each Area. There are a total of 13 Area’s across the state.

The state tournament will consist of a 26 man bracket filled with the top two wrestlers from all the areas. Competition starts Friday and will go into Saturday afternoon/evening.

“Both Alberts and Walley will be competing in the 12-and-under division.  Both have been competing in this tournament for many years but do not always make it to the state tournament,” said high school coach Craig Alberts.

Although Alberts is not their head coach, he says they are very excited to have made it this year – the last year they will be able to compete at the youth divisions.

Jake Alberts, left, and Austin Walley will be competing in Harrisburg.

Jake Alberts, left, and Austin Walley will be competing in Harrisburg.

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Four Wolverine wrestlers wreak havoc in regionals

Four Lincoln High School wrestlers placed in the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association District Qualifiers at North Allegheny High School on March 9th.

Three of the wrestlers placed first including freshman Tyler Alberts in the 100-pound division, junior Mike Sinclair in the 220-pound division, and sophomore Adam Foreman in the 285-pound division.

Also advancing was junior high wrestler Tyler Baird, who placed third in the 90-pound division.

The wrestlers will next compete in the Western Regional Championship at Shippensburg University on March 29 and March 30.

According to head coach Curt Alberts, if any Lincoln High School wrestler qualifies in Shippensburg, they advance to a national tournament to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in May.

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REPORT: Wolverines ‘in the mix’ for section bragging rights

According to a Prep Baseball Report website, the Ellwood City baseball squad is in the mix for WPIAL Class-AA Section 5 bragging rights.

lhs-schedule-2014Although Laurel and Neshannock, both with strong returning classes, are listed as favorites, the website boasts, ‘[to] not be surprised if [Ellwood City and Shenango] find a way to make things a four-way race for the section title before all is said and done.’

The 14-win Neshannock squad collected the most wins in 2013 from the bunch with Laurel and Shenango both reaching double-digit victories in 2013 with 10 wins each.

The Wolverines, coming off a 5-15 season in 2013 shows promise returning eight starters and their top three pitchers.

Top prospects for the Wolverines are Tony Joseph, OF/1B (Class of 2014), Zach Mathias, C (Class of 2014), Seth Mley, OF (Class of 2014), Justin Vetica, 3B (Class of 2014), Tanner Walsh, OF (Class of 2014), Dillon Horgan, OF/RHP (Class of 2015), Austin Richard, RHP/UTIL (Class of 2015), and Collin Roth, RHP/2B (Class of 2016).

The Wolverines travel to Central Valley on Monday for a scrimmage and New Castle on Friday before hosting Central Valley next Monday in section play.

For Section 5 rival Riverside, their top pospects according to Prep Baseball Report are Ross Maietta, 2B (Class of 2014), Peyton Pacella, C (Class of 2015), and Kolby Wolf, 1B/RHP (Class of 2016).

Riverside baseball travels to Union Area on Monday and Ambridge Area on Thursday before hosting Western Beaver on Saturday at noon.


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Riverside/Ellwood scholastic sports schedule for the week

Get out and enjoy the weather! The week opens up with track on Tuesday and concludes with softball on Saturday.  The Riverside Coed Swimming team will be competing in the PIAA Finals at Bucknell University throughout the week.

Lincoln High School and Riverside High School scholastic schedules for the week of March 10th

Monday, March 10

Tuesday, March 11
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Track hosts Hopewell High School; Home
3:30PM — Riverside Girls Varsity Track hosts Hopewell High School; Home
4:00PM — Riverside Varsity Baseball versus South Side Area School District; Home

Wednesday, March 12
TBA — Riverside Coed Varsity Swimming PIAA FINALS @ Bucknell University;  Away
3:30PM — Ellwood City Varsity Baseball at Freedom (scrimmage); Away

Thursday, March 13
TBA — Riverside Coed Varsity Swimming PIAA FINALS @ Bucknell University;  Away
4:00PM — Ellwood City Varsity Baseball hosts Seneca Valley (scrimmage); Home

Friday, March 14
TBA — Riverside Coed Varsity Swimming PIAA FINALS @ Bucknell University;  Away
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Tennis Postponed− Neshannock High School; Away
3:30PM — Ellwood City Varsity Tennis hosts Blackhawk; Home

Saturday, March 15
TBA — Riverside Coed Varsity Swimming PIAA FINALS @ Bucknell University;  Away
11:00AM — Riverside Varsity Softball versus Trinity Area School District; Away
12:00PM — Ellwood City Varsity Softball versus Shenango; Away

Riverside Athletics Schedule Game Change Alert
The FACILITY for the Riverside Boys Varsity Tennis – Central Valley @ Riverside High School on 03/21/2014 at 3:30PM is now at Riverside.
The FACILITY for the Boys Varsity Tennis – Riverside High School @Central Valley on 04/11/2014 at 3:30PM is now at Central Valley

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FINAL NOTICE: Summer baseball registration

Late registration for Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation summer baseball comes to a close on Friday.

Registration is for players, ages 3-18, for T-Ball, Farm League, Minor League, Little League, Pony League, Colt League and American Legion.

Last minute registrations can be completed online at

This year, the ECABF will help Little League Baseball International, the world’s largest youth sports organization, celebrate its 75th Anniversary.  The ECABF is one of the oldest chartered Little League’s in the state and one of only two in all of Lawrence County.  This allows our Minor (9-10) and Little League (11-12) All-Stars to compete in the Little League World Series Tournament.

*Please note: The Minor League (9&10) and Little League (11&12) “Skills Assessment” will be held on March 8, 2014 at the Lincoln High School Large Gym.  Minor League will be from 10am-12pm and Little League will be from 12pm-2pm.  This “Skills Assessment” allows coaches the opportunity to view the kids as they complete a series of baseball drills prior to each league’s drafts.

For further information, visit or call 724-758-9742.

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Four LHS wrestlers place at WPIAL Championship

Four Ellwood City Wrestlers place at Saturday’s WPIAL Class AA Championships.

Brad Grinnen (2nd place, 195 lbs), Adam Foreman (4th place, 285 lbs), Mike Sinclair (6th place 220 lbs), and Tyler Alberts (7th place, 106 lbs) all will be advancing to the Southwest Region Championships in Johnstown, Pennsylvania starting Friday and Saturday.

Grinnen, who placed fourth in last year tournament, fell in the 195-pound weight class championship match to Valley’s Marcus Davenport after having advanced two rounds.

Sinclair took his honors by way of fall at 2:47 over Yough’s Tom Sever, Foreman took home his fourth place honors after a double-overtime loss to Jefferson-Morgan’s Ian Wolfe, and Alberts collected a 3-2 win over Burrell’s Dean Edwards for his seventh place honors.

Of the area teams, Ellwood City advanced the most wrestlers to the regional tournament.

Ellwood City wrestlers Alberts, Grinnen, Foreman, and Sinclair

Ellwood City wrestlers Alberts, Grinnen, Sinclair, and Foreman


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2014 Ellwood City Baseball schedule

Senior night 2013: Ellwood City v. Beaver Falls

Senior night 2013: Ellwood City v. Beaver Falls

Baseball is back in Ellwood City as the Wolverines return to action on March 13 in a scrimmage against Seneca Valley.

Just two years removed from a WPIAL title, the Wolverines look to bounce back after a 5-15 finish in 2013.  Head Coach Jeff Fotia explained that the team is ready to get back to their winning ways.

“They’re working hard,” Fotia said.  “We’re returning eight out of nine starters from last year, and two from 2012.  Everyone is bigger and stronger than they were last year.”

As always, Ellwood City’s prime focus will be on pitching.  The team dropped several one-run contests in 2013, thus they are determined to take those close games in 2014.

“Pitching is always the focus,” Fotia added.  “We started two freshman and a sophomore this year, but now we have two sophomores and a junior.  This year is different”

Photo provided by Kevin Ricciuti

Photo provided by Kevin Ricciuti

The Wolverines have dedicated this season to assistant coach Joe Ricciuti, who has been a major part of some of the greatest baseball teams Ellwood City every put on the field.  The team will be sporting his initials on the brims of their hats.  Ricciuti’s son, Kevin, will be assuming his duties along with Brad Welsh.  Kevin Ricciuti made some history in 2003 as the winning pitcher in Ellwood City’s first PIAA championship.

Ellwood City begins regular season play on March 21 at New Castle.

2014 Baseball Schedule

3/13 – v. Seneca Valley (Scrimmage) – 4 p.m.
3/17 – @ Central Valley (Scrimmage) – 4 p.m.
3/21 – @ New Castle – 4 p.m.
3/24 – v. Central Valley – 4:30 p.m.
3/26 – @ Ambridge – 4 p.m.
3/28 – @ Kittanning – 4 p.m.
3/29 – @ Butler Area – 1 p.m.
3/31 – v. Neshannock – 4:30 p.m.
4/2 – @ Shenango – 4 p.m.
4/4 – v. Mohawk – 4:30 p.m.
4/7 – @ Beaver Area – 4 p.m.
4/9 – @ Laurel – 4 p.m.
4/11 – v. Beaver Falls – 4:30 p.m.
4/14 – @ Riverside – 4 p.m.
4/16 – @ Neshannock – 4:30 p.m.
4/22 – v. Shenango – 4:30 p.m.
4/24 – @ Mohawk – 4 p.m.
4/26 – v. Knock – 12 p.m.
4/28 – v. Beaver Area – 4:30 p.m.
4/30 – v. Laurel – 4:30 p.m.
5/1 – @ Beaver Falls – 4 p.m.
5/5 – v. Riverside – 4:30 p.m.


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2014 WurEllWayne Baseball sign-ups

Photo provided by WurEllWayne website

Photo provided by WurEllWayne website

It’s that time of year again!

All boys and girls from ages 7-10 are invited to sign up for the WurEllWayne Baseball League on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Ellport Family Community Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The cost is $50 per player, and $25 per sibling.  No Fundraiser!

Players MUST be at least 7-years-old by April 30, 2014.

The Ellport Family Community Center is located at 313 Burns Ave. in Ellport.

For more information, and to download the registration form, please check out the WurEllWayne website at


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PHOTOS: Maietta, Sheridan, Gould lead Panthers over Lions

Behind strong scoring efforts from senior Ross Maietta and juniors Logan Sheridan and Zach Gould, the Riverside Panthers erased a 5-point halftime deficit and ousted the New Brighton Lions 73-64 during Friday night’s Senior Night action.

Maietta (10 field goals, 23 points) and Sheridan (12 free throws, 22 points) each crested over 20 points while Gould connected on three 3-pointers en route to his 19 point effort.

Riverside (7-13 overall) used a 48 point second half to pull away from New Brighton (7-14 overall).  Lion guard Zeph Rombold connected on five 3-pointers en route to his game-high 24 points in defeat.

The Panthers end their season Monday evening at Union.

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Riverside runners to compete at Penn State on Saturday

Four members of the Riverside High School boys track team will compete in the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association indoor track and field championships on Saturday at Penn State University.

Riverside’s 4×400-meter relay team of Matt Tedys, Marcel Cleckley, Zach Gould, and Aaron Tedys, who are ranked fifth in the state with a time of 3:27.41, will compete against teams from Class AA and AAA.

Aaron Tedys is ranked 10th in the 400 meters, with a time of 50.33.

The 4×400 relay team recently placed third at the Spire Institute Championship meet in Cleveland, competing against teams from Michigan, Ohio, Canada, New York and Pennsylvania.

The squad is also ranked 48th in the nation and has qualified for the New Balance High School National Championships in New York City.

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