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Junior High Girls Thump New Castle 23-4

The Junior High Lady Wolverines once again made quick work of an opponent with a quick 3 inning drubbing on the New Castle diamond Wednesday afternoon.

The offense pounded out 13 hits, including 8 of the extra base variety.

Reagan Mittler led the way with 2 extra base bombs. Mittler one bounced the right field fence for a triple and hit a line shot double high off of the center field wall. Breonna Streit added 2 singles and Bridget Hudson singled and tripled.

Zoe Kalantzis hit a triple off the right field fence and winning pitcher Addie Nardone one bounced a drive off the center field wall for a double. Ariana Garroway, Brooklyn Magill, and Gracie Blake also added doubles. Anna Ferrucci and Natalia Greco rounded out the hit parade with singles.

Nardone got the win pitching 2 innings, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. Nardone did not issue a walk or surrender a run. Ferrucci pitched the third inning walking 2 and striking out 1 while yielding 4 runs.

The team is now 2-0 on the young season and has outscored their opponents by a score of 38-4 over 6 innings.

The Junior High team will be in action tonight under the lights at Stiefel Park as they entertain Avonworth at 7:00pm.

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PHOTOS: Howells, Pacella, Pettner power Panthers in victory over Tigers

The Riverside Panthers used multi-hit games from Vinny Howells and Peyton Pacella and a two-run fifth frame to pull away from Beaver Falls and collect a 3-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.

Howells collected a double for the Panthers and scored two of the teams three runs on the afternoon.  Jason Pettner also collected a double in the victory for the Panthers (3-1 overall) who posted six hits as a team on the afternoon.

Pettner was also the victor on the mound for Riverside, tossing a complete game and striking out nine Tiger hitters while allowing only five hits over his seven innings of work.

Riverside hosts Laurel Friday afternoon in section play and will travel to Mohawk on Monday afternoon before returning home again next Wednesday.

The Ellwood City Wolverine baseball squad saw an early 1-0 lead vanish and quickly spiral into a 9-1 loss Wednesday afternoon to Shenango.  The Wildcats scored nine runs across its final three frames to pull away in the section 5-AA victory.  Sophomore Austin Richard took the loss for the Wolverines who next hosts Mohawk Friday afternoon.  Ellwood City will be on the road next Monday (@Beaver) and Wednesday (@Laurel) to continue section play.

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Riverside grad has historic performance for Bloomfield College

Kirsten Wilson, a 2013 Riverside graduate, was recently named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Pitcher and Co-Rookie of the Week after a historic performance in a double header against Concordia College last week.  The 5’11” freshman right handed pitcher is the first Deacon to be named Rookie of the Week since 2011.

Kristen_Wilson_HeadshotWilson recorded a  win  and  save last  week in a double header sweep for Bloomsfield College (12-6 overall, 5-1 CACC).  Wilson struck  out  18  batters  against  Concordia,  the  highest  total  ever from  any  Bloomfield  pitcher  in  CACC  play  during  the  D-II era.  Over the full doubleheader,  she  struck  out  20  batters  in  8.1  innings  while  allowing  just  two  hits  while  striking  out  the  side  four  times.  She  faced  31  batters  in  the  doubleheader  and  allowed  just one walk and  one  ball  to  leave the  infield.

Wilson currently leads all NCAA Division-II pitchers with 13.2 strikeouts per sevening innings and is third in the nation with a 0.16 ERA.  Wilson’s record on the season is 3-2 with 1 save for the Deacons.  Wilson did not allow an earned run until her seventh appearance on the mound for the Deacons.  Wilson is also batting at a .370 clip with one home run and eight RBIs through 14 games.

As a senior for Riverside, Wilson was named 1st Team All State for Pennsylvania in 2013 where she led the Panthers to a 22-1 record and a berth in the Pennsylvania State Championship game.  Riverside fell to Brandywine Heights in the state finals 1-0.

For her senior season, Wilson pitched 150 innings while striking out 271 batters and allowing just six earned runs all season.  She hurled six no hitters and 19 of her 22 wins came via shutout.

Wilson is the daughter of Misty and Randy Wilson of North Sewickley Township.


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PHOTOS: Greco strong on mound, Wolverines fall to Ambridge

Wolverine pitcher Skyla Greco struck out eight Ambridge hitters over her complete game performance, but Ellwood City girls softball team fell in their Section 1-AAA contest 4-2 Tuesday afternoon at Stiefel Park.

Ambridge used two, 2-run innings in the third and fourth frames to jump out to an early lead and held on despite a late Wolverines surge.  Ellwood City collected five hits on the afternoon and were led offensively by Mallory Swogger and Allesandra McKelvey whom each collected extra base hits in defeat.

The Wolverines (3-1 overall, 1-1 Section 1-AAA) will next travel to Central Valley on Thursday afternoon before hosting West Allegheny on Saturday.

Riverside used a late rally to come from behind and defeat Laurel 8-7 in nine innings in section play for both squads Tuesday afternoon.  The Panthers used two runs in the seventh inning to force extra innings.  Riverside (3-0 overall) hosts Freedom Thursday afternoon

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PHOTOS: Riverside track & field runs away from Wolverines in season opener

The Riverside track and field squad ran away from the Ellwood City Wolverines Tuesday afternoon as the Panthers used victories in five of six relay events to sprint away with season opening 111-39 (boys) and 106-44 (girls) victories.

Individually for the Panthers, Aaron Tedys paced the Riverside boys with 100m (10.9) and 200m (22.7) victories on the track and also collected a long jump of 19’11” in the field.  Jessica Kelosky used victories in the 100m (12.6), 200m (28.0) and 400m (1:02) to help the Riverside girls squad.

For Ellwood City, Bill Lott collected wins for the boys squad in the 1600m (5:04) and 3200m (11:14) while Andi Hozick collect wins in three field events for the girls.  Hozick collected first place distances in the discus (103′ 7.5″),  javelin (102′ 10.5″), and shot put (30’5″).

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PHOTOS: Blyth, McElwain lead softball squads to victories

Morgan McElwain’s two-run single in the sixth inning capped a three-run inning for the Lady Panthers as they rallied at home to defeat the Mohawk Warriors 3-2 Friday afternoon.

McElwain collected two of Riverside’s four hits on the afternoon.

Panther pitcher Brooke Barker collected the victory for Riverside striking out four batters and walking three over seven innings.

Lady Wolverines rout Hopewell:

Susie Blyth collected three hits in the Lady Wolverines 13-2 rout of Hopewell Friday afternoon.  Ellwood City put together an 11-hit contest and scored in each of the five innings.

Wolverine Shaelyn Barrett connected with a home run to power to offensive onslaught.

Skyla Greco collected five strikeouts over her five inning performance on the mound (a collected a double offensively at the plate) for the Wolverines who moved to 3-0 on the young season.

Riverside Panthers softball game photos:

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PHOTOS: Subfreezing Start to Spring Sports

The subfreezing temperatures yesterday caused several cancellations, as the Riverside baseball team cancelled their game against Rochester and the Riverside softball team postponed their game against Beaver Falls.  Several area teams did compete however, with the Ellwood City Varsity Boys Baseball team falling to Central Valley by a score of 7-6 at Ewing Park, and the Riverside Boys Tennis Team lost a close match to Beaver, 3-2.

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SPORTS: Baseball/Softball squads all host games Monday

The first day of spring was officially last week, but the warmer weather seems to be tardy in its arrival to the area.  However, the chilly temperatures will not turn away the Ellwood City and Riverside baseball and softball teams from each hosting games Monday afternoon.

The weekly sports schedule this week includes baseball, softball, and tennis action.  Lincoln High School and Riverside High School scholastic schedules for the week of March 24th:

Monday, March 24
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Tennis hosts Beaver; Home
3:30PM — Ellwood City Varsity Track versus Beaver Area; Away
4:00PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Baseball hosts Rochester Area High School; Home
4:00PM — Riverside Girls Varsity Softball hosts Beaver Falls High School; Home
4:00PM — Ellwood City Boys Varsity Baseball hosts Central Valley; Home
5:00PM — Ellwood City Girls Varsity Softball hosts Laurel; Home

Tuesday, March 25
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Tennis hosts Ellwood City; Home
4:00PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Baseball versus Freedom Area; Away

Wednesday, March 26
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Tennis versus Beaver Falls High School; Away
3:30PM — Ellwood City Varsity Tennis hosts Neshannock; Home
4:00PM — Riverside Girls Varsity Softball versus New Brighton High School; Away
4:00PM — Ellwood City Girls Varsity Softball versus Knoch Area; Away
4:00PM — Ellwood City Boys Varsity Baseball versus Ambridge Area; Away

Thursday, March 27
3:30PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Tennis versus Neshannock High School; Away

Friday, March 28
4:00PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Baseball versus New Brighton High School; Away
4:00PM — Ellwood City Boys Varsity Baseball versus Kittanning; Away
4:00PM — Riverside Girls Varsity Softball hosts Mohawk Senior High School; Home
4:00PM — Ellwood City Girls Varsity Softball versus Hopewell; Away

Saturday, March 29
12:00PM — Riverside Boys Varsity Baseball hosts Hopewell High School; Home
1:00PM — Ellwood City Boys Varsity Baseball versus Butler Area; Away

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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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