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The Ellwood City baseball team lost to Kittanning 13-0 in a non-section, away game yesterday.
Kittanning’s pitchers only permitted 3 hits by Ellwood, while striking out 7 Wolverines.
The loss against Kittanning follows a 5-4 defeat on Monday against Mohawk, making the team 2-2 overall.
The Wolverines have an away game today against Montour.
Game Summary- EC v Kittanning
Ellwood City- 000 000 0
Kittanning- 100 501 6
Game Summary- EC v Mohawk
Ellwood City- 001 002 1
Mohawk- 000 041 0
The Lady Wolverines’ move from AAA to AA had a promising start when Ellwood City defeated New Brighton 12-0 in an away game on Monday, March 23.
Sophomore pitcher Skyla Greco stopped Laurel with 9 strikeouts and only 2 hits against.
The Lady Wolverines are now 1-0 in their section. The team visits Laurel today for another section game.
Ellwood City- 12
New Brighton- 0, 5inn.
New Brighton 000 00
Ellwood City 211 62
The Riverside Sports Schedule for next week is as follows:
Monday, March 23
3:30PM Varsity Track Western Beaver High School Home (cancelled as of Mar 23)
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Mohawk Senior High School Away
Tuesday, March 24
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Blackhawk High School Away
4:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Rochester Area High School Home (moved from Mar 23 as of Mar 23)
Wednesday, March 25
1:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School @ Pullman Park Away
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Match Quaker Valley Home (postponed until April 9 as of March 25)
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Union Area MS/HS Home (cancelled)
Thursday, March 26
1:00PM Boys Varsity Tennis Beaver Falls High School Away
4:00PM Girls Varsity Baseball Quigley Catholic High School Home (cancelled)
Friday, March 27
4:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Beaver Area High School Home
4:00PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Beaver Area High School at Vanport Field Away
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball New Brighton High School Home
Saturday, March 28
No events scheduled
The Ellwood City sports schedule for next week is as follows:
Monday, March, 23
4:00PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Home Neshannock High School
4:00PM Boys Junior High Baseball Away Freedom Junior High School
4:30PM Boys Varsity Baseball Away Neshannock High School
5:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Home New Brighton High School
Tuesday, March, 24
3:30PM Coed Varsity Track & Field Home Beaver Area High School (moved from Monday as of Mar 20)
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Home Beaver Area High School@ Ewing Park
3:30PM Girls Middle School Volleyball Away Beaver Area Junior High School
Wednesday, March, 25
4:00PM Boys Junior High Baseball Home Mohawk Junior High School
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Away Laurel High School
4:00PM Girls Junior High Softball Away Northgate MS/HS (Scrimmage)
7:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Away Montour High School
7:00PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Home Montour High School
Thursday, March, 26
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Away Quaker Valley High School
3:30PM Coed Varsity Track & Field Away Mohawk Senior High School
3:30PM Girls Middle School Volleyball Home Laurel Junior High School
4:00PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Away Kittanning Senior High School
4:30PM Boys Varsity Baseball Home Kittanning Senior High School
Friday, March, 27
4:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Away Butler Area Senior High School
4:00PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Home Butler Area Senior High School
5:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Home Neshannock High School
7:00PM Boys Junior High Baseball Home Laurel High School
Saturday, March, 28
10:00AM Junior Class Crafts Show (School)
Facility: LJSHS Big Gym From: 10:00AM To: 3:00PM
12:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Away Union Area MS/HS (New Castle)
3:00PM Special Olympics – practice (Other)
Facility: LJSHS Big Gym From: 3:00PM To: 5:00PM
The Riverside tennis team under Coach John Rorick shut down Ellwood City in a 5-0 match on Monday. It was Riverside’s first match of a promising season.
Monday’s summary is as follows:
Tyler Squicquero (R) d. Christian Mittica (EC), 6-2, 6-4
Jack Leas (R) d. Angelo Marsano (EC), 6-2, 6-1
Tyler McDonough (R) d. Zain Ansanri (EC), 6-0, 6-0
Blake Weber/Hunter Paff (R) d Corey Hobbs/Trey Houk (EC), 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
Lucas Mansell/James Taylor (R) d. Patrick Tawlak/Dom Nocera (EC) 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.
Petrak, a sophomore at Lincoln High School, won the 50 yard freestyle last Wednesday at the PIAA competition at Bucknell University. With a time of 23.62 seconds, she tied her WPIAL record and beat the 2nd place finisher by roughly .4 seconds, a sizable difference in a short-distance event.
Petrak placed 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle and had the satisfaction of achieving a new personal record of 51.23.
Rather than allow her status as Ellwood’s sole swimmer be an obstacle, she used it as an advantage. “I’m more focused on my own technique and goals,” she said. However, she also commented, “Sometimes it seems a lot of fun to be in relays.”
In order to compete at meets, Petrak has to secure permission from the hosting school. She typically doesn’t know which event she’ll be doing until the day of the meet, as she fills in where there are open lanes. “It’s good to be versatile,” Petrak said. “And colleges look for that in athletes as well.”
Petrak has been swimming since she was five and is a member of the Riverside Aqua Club of Ellwood City, which has the members of the Riverside swimming team. She can train with them in the off season, however a WPIAL rule prohibits her from training with a team during the season. Instead, she uses the pool when the younger club members swim.
She trains with the Aqua Club coaches, Gwen Nulph, Eric Rosendale, and Bill Valli, who is also Riverside’s coach. WPIAL regulations require her to have an official representative, a role which her mother, Patty Petrak, fills.
The Aqua Club, part of a national organization, not only gives Petrak a swimming family but a more diverse field of competition and events. The longest race in high school swimming is the 500, but club races have 1000 and 1600 events. It is also an opportunity to compete against AAA athletes.
To be a state champion requires all year, consistent training. Petrak swims every day and does strength cross training in the summer. She competed at states as a freshman, giving her valuable experience. There’s also luck involved.
Her top competition, Emily Zimcosky of Geibel Catholic School, who beat Petrak by a half a second and won WPIALs, scratched the event at the PIAA. “You can’t control the competition, just yourself,” Petrak said.
For the future, Petrak is hoping to continue to improve her times and compete through the Aqua Club. As for claiming another gold, she said, “Winning is always great, especially at the state level.” She also plans on increasing her cross training, and runs track, her main event being the hurdles.
Although it’s two years off, on college, Petrak said, “I’m looking forward to being on a team at the college level.”
Six Riverside athletes won 7 medals at the PIAA competition last Wednesday and Thursday.
Senior diver Brittany Hart won the silver with a score of 411.3. Senior David Peffer placed sixth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44:.39 and seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.09. The top 8 medal, so Peffer took home two.
The girls 200 medley relay team of sophomores Erica King and Alana Nuph, junior Kelly Krechowski, and senior Raena Valli placed 8th, despite being seeded 17th. Before WPIAls, the relay wasn’t even seeded to qualify.
Although Hart, Peffer, and Valli are graduating, several of the core relay members are returning, so future state trips are promising.
The Ellwood City sports schedule for Mar. 13 through Mar. 20 is as follows:
Friday, March 13
Boys Tennis Seneca Valley High School Home 3:30PM
Saturday, March 14
Softball Shenango High School Away 12:00PM
Monday, March 16
Track & Field New Brighton High School Home 3:30PM
Boys Tennis Riverside High School Away 3:30PM
Tuesday, March 17
Softball Butler Area Senior High School Away 4:00PM
Wednesday, March 18
Boys Tennis Neshannock High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday, March 19
Baseball Quaker Valley High School Home 4:30PM
Friday, March 20
Baseball Laurel High School Home 4:30PM
Softball Freedom Area High School Home 5:00PM
The Riverside sports schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 16
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Ellwood City HS Home
Tuesday, March 17
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Beaver Area High School Away (changed from home as of Mar. 13)
3:30PM Boys Varsity Track Wilmington Area Senior High Sch Home
3:30PM Girls Varsity Track Wilmington Area Senior High Sch Home
4:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Union Area MS/HS Home (cancelled as of March 17)
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Seneca Valley Home (cancelled as of March 17)
Wednesday, March 18
3:30PM Boys Varsity Tennis Postponed− Beaver Area High School Home
Thursday, March 19
4:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Beaver Area High School Away (moved from Friday as of March 17)
4:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball South Side Area School District Away (moved from Wednesday as of March 17)
Friday, March 20
3:30PM Girls Varsity Track Quaker Valley Middle School Home
3:30PM Boys Varsity Track Wilmington Relays Away
3:30PM Girls Varsity Tennis Wilmington Relays Away
Saturday, March 21
12:00PM Boys Varsity Baseball Western Beaver High School Home
Part 2 of Senior Athlete spotlight focuses on boys and girls track, including a school record holder, Brooke Muntean.
Brooke Muntean and Autumn Kuzmin
How long have you been running track? We have both been running for six years, starting in junior high.
What events do you do? Sprinting. 100 meter, 200, and 400.
[Brooke broke the 100 record last year with a time of 12.5 seconds. It was formerly held by Trisha Householder, who held all the sprinting records since the mid-80’s. Brooke also shares the 200 record with Trisha and Tiffany Jones (1990) with a time of 26.4]
What has been your favorite memory over the years? The WPIAL conference was exciting.
How do you hope you will improve as a runner throughout the year? We are both hoping to make it to states. Last year, we were AAA so the competition was very difficult. We’re moving down this season, and our times from last year will qualify us for states.
How long have you been running track? 5 years. Every year except 11th grade. I also run cross country.
What events do you do? Distance. 800 meter, 1600, and 3200.
What has been your favorite memory over the years? Breaking both my personal records [in the 1600 and 3200] at Riverside, which I thought was crazy.
What have you been doing to prepare for your first meet?
We’ve been running a lot. Coach Tony Nocera had us do a crazy hill workout last week.
What will you miss about track after graduation?
I will miss the people that I’ve been on a team with for so many years.
Future plans: Wesley will be attending the University of Pittsburgh.
The baseball and softball spotlights can be found here: Part 1