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The Lady Panthers went into the PIAA AA State Championship game Friday morning with a perfect record of 22-0. The girls were a force to be reckoned with the entire season between clenching the WPIAL Championship and sliding their way through the PIAA Playoffs.
Riverside surely met their match, Brandywine Heights, at Penn State’s Beard Field in State College last week. The Lady Bullets only had two losses under their belt as they prepared to take on the undefeated Lady Panthers.
Pitching was not a game changing factor in the Championship at all for Riverside. Kirsten Wilson took the mound with confidence each inning as she had for the previous 22 games. In six innings, Wilson struckout 13 batters, walked 1, and allowed 5 hits. Brandywine Heights’ Megan Olson failed to match Wilson’s statistics, striking out 4, walking 1, and allowing 4 hits.
Riverside just couldn’t seem to get their bats started throughout the game. Twice the Lady Panthers had batters on third with one out but just couldn’t get the score. Many wondered if this would come back to haunt the Panthers later in the game and it did.
Until the fourth inning, the game remained scoreless for both dugouts. The Lady Bullets’ Jess Musser then hit a single to send Amanda Hess home on an error for the first and only run of the morning. This was also the only run to be scored in all four PIAA games against the Lady Panthers.
Sophomore, Logan Snyder, carried the Panthers with hits. The young player fired both a triple and single throughout the course of the game to keep Riverside’s State Championship dream alive. Natalie Pritts also put forth a valiant effort at the plate, chipping in a single. Sadly, the Panthers came up short, losing a 0-1 game against Brandywine Heights.
Although the 2013 WPIAL Champions and PIAA State Runner-ups should be nothing but proud. Pam McCarty’s girls had a season that some only dream about. Finishing up with a record of 22-1, this Lady Panther team is one for the books.
Riverside will return next year with seven of their nine starters, more hungry than ever for that State Championship title. But the key factor in their future success will definitely be finding a replacement for the Kirsten Wilson, Nicole Mansfield pitcher-catcher duo. Two young Lady Panthers will have some pretty big shoes to fill in the 2014 season.
Early Saturday morning, many Ellwood citizens gathered for the first Farmer’s Market of the season. Produce, plants, baked goods, and even jewelry were among the many steals for shoppers on Beaver Avenue.
The Market recently has a newly renovated space on Beaver Avenue. Located in the parking lot directly behind the Community Plaza, shoppers were able to support local vendors and socialize with friends at the now weekly event. Guests were even able to enjoy the musical stylings of D-Major for their listening pleasure who performed at the Plaza.
The Farmer’s Market will continue until October 12th. Shopping begins approximately at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday morning. Any questions regarding the Farmer’s Market can be directed to the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce. They can be reached at (724)758-5501 or at email@example.com.
Today’s rain managed to hold off yesterday evening for Riverside’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony. It is tradition that the school hosts their program on the football field. But last year, a weather inclement prevented that from happening, leaving seniors stuck in the gym. But this time around, nothing but sunny skies and a warm breeze were in sight.
Graduates and guests were greeted by Michael Brooks, Principal, to begin the ceremony. Leading the Pledge of Allegiance was Michaela Burr, Vice President of the Senior Class. Another class officer, Karlee Pinchotti, Secretary, gave a small welcome speech as well.
Riverside proudly congratulated their Top Five, the highest and most prestigious graduating honor. Each of the students were asked to give a speech with the theme based on “Life Lessons Learned from the Wizard of Oz”. Those students are as following (in alphabetical order):
- Tyler Falk – “Allow Yourself to Dream”
- Austin Hall – “Running Away is Never the Answer”
- Ariana Kelly – “Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road”
- Justin Kording – “Don’t Give Up on Your Principles”
- Morgan Marion – “Believe in Good and Good Things Will Happen”
Ten students also graduated at the top of their class with Honors. Those students are as following (in alphabetical order):
- Bethany Bettencourt
- Kelsey Calve
- Damian G. Cicchinelli
- Shane Cook
- Christian Tyler George
- Dylan Jones
- Cole McDonough
- Austin Ridgley
- Adam Snowden
- Robert J. Weihaus
Musical selections were provided by the Concert Band. The Senior Choral Members also lead the Alma Mater. Brian Churovia, Assistant Principal, congratulated those students with Honors and Awards. Brooks and Churovia along with Superintendent, David Anney, and School Board President, Robert Snyder, presented diplomas to a total of 150 graduates.
After each senior was acknowledged, Maxx Reed, Senior Class President, lead the Tassel Ceremony. Bethany Bettencourt, another member of Senior Class, concluded the ceremony. 150 green caps soon flew through the air and the new Riverside High School graduates exited the stadium, eager to see what their new lives would hold.
Fresh off of a WPIAL AA Championship, the Lady Panthers knew that yesterday was a whole new ball game. Although Pam McCarty’s softball stars still managed to shine as they squashed Curwensville’s dream of a State Championship.
A breezy day at North Allegheny High School, the ever so modest, Kirsten Wilson, stuck out on the mound once again. How many high school pitchers can say they have pitched 17 shutouts in just one season? Wilson just happens to be one of the few who can. At the end of the day, she added up 13 strikeouts and 0 walks for the win.
Wilson was even able to defend the plate as well, with not one, but two homeruns. This Bloomfield prospect is a force to be reckoned with. Wilson sailed the first homerun to right field to put the Panthers in the lead. She consistently followed up with her second, smacking it over the scoreboard to bring in three runs for Riverside.
Wilson’s fellow senior, Nicole Mansfield, also chipped in an RBI for the win. Mansfield ripped a double in the first inning to send Natalie Pritts home. Another key player in the game was Logan Snyder. The sophomore was able to snatch a line drive to save Wilson’s perfect game in the top of the seventh.
Snyder also finished the afternoon with three singles and one run batted in. She was showered with hugs for efforts from her fellow teammates immediately following the game. The Panthers proved yesterday they are not settled with just one ring.
After defeating Curwensville in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs 6-0, the girls have their hearts set on a State Championship. Riverside, now 20-0, doesn’t want to end their perfect season yet. The girls are set to play Ligonier Valley in the quarterfinals Thursday. A time and site are yet to be announced.
EllwoodCity.org welcomed over 44 golfers to Fox Run Golf Course on Saturday, June 1st as part of its 6th Annual Golf Outing and Cookout. Beautiful skies held true throughout the morning as 12 teams competed in the golf scramble.
The winning foursome captained by Tim Aquino of Physician’s Mobile X-Ray carded a 16-under par 56 to take first place, while the foursomes captained by Kris Heeter and Dave Marshall tied for second with a 12-under par 60. The first place prize included four, separate paid twosomes to Old Stonewall, Seven Oaks Country Club, Pittsburgh National Golf Club, and Strawberry Ridge Golf Course.
Seven skill prizes were awarded on the golf course including three prizes as part of the Seeing Triple 3-pin location on the Par-5 18th hole. Each hole location held a closest the pin prize with individual winners receiving prizes ranging from golf clubs to free golf certificates for their winning shot.
Over a dozen door prizes were awarded from area businesses that were a part of the cookout that followed the golf outing.
EllwoodCity.org would like to thank the following area businesses for their support in sponsoring the event with a tee box:
- Adams Manufacturing
- Alyssa Harcar – State Farm Insurance
- Appalacian Lighting
- Beth Hazen Nationwide
- Better Living Patio Rooms
- Champion Windows
- ComDoc Printing Solutions
- Dr. Bradley J. Brown D.D.S.
- Ellwood City Family Eye Center
- Ellwood City Hospital
- ESB Bank
- First Commonwealth Bank
- Huntington Bank
- Ironwood Golf Center
- Kasing Auto Sales & Service
- Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly, & George, P.C.
- Marshall Funeral Home
- Physician’s Mobile X-Ray
- RW Powell Real Estate
- Teolis Funeral Home
- Tony DeCaria – State Farm Insurance
- Zona Tours
Friday night marked the 2013 Commencement Ceremony in Ellwood City. A total of 145 students walked across the Lincoln High School Auditorium stage to receive their diplomas. Of those 145 students, there were six High Honor Graduates and fourteen Honor Graduates.
High Honor Graduates: Michael Brown, John DeCaro III, Lacey Garvin, Alexxa Houk, Kara Sainato, and Matthew Young. Honor Graduates: Matthew Barnes, Kimberly Clark, Gina Cearfoss, Brittany Edwards, Abigail Eisenbrown, Beau Ewing, Taylor Gearhart, Jarod Hart, Carson Kegel, Angela McCowin, Francesca Nardone, Alexis Reisinger, Isabella Williams, Mackenzie Yoho.
Special performances included the National Anthem by Francesca Nardone and “This Is The Moment” by Matthew Barnes. The Commencement Band performed for both the Prelude and Recessional of the program. Members of the Senior High Concert Choir also performed. Soloists included Danielle Agosta, Michael Cannistraci, Carson Kegel, Francesca Nardone, and Alexis Reisinger.
The presentation of diplomas was done by Ellwood City Area Board of Education President, Anthony Buzzelli. There were multiple speeches given throughout the evening. “The Purpose of Life” was done by Valedictorian, Alexxa Houk. Matthew Young, Salutatorian, gave a speech entitled “Never Stop Growing”.
Both Principal, Kirk Lape, and Superintendent, Frank Aloi, recommended and presented the Class of 2013. Morgan Prokovich, Senior Class President, concluded the evening by performing the Tassel Ceremony. The rest of the night was followed by multiple pictures and tears as the class finally got to celebrate their thirteen years of hard work at Ellwood City.
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Heading into a WPIAL Championship with a perfect record of 18-0 is usually comforting to most teams. That is until you find out your team is playing the reigning WPIAL Champions also coming off a flawless season of 18-0. Although the Lady Panthers remained calm and cool throughout yesterday afternoon’s fierce sun at California University of Pennsylvania.
Riverside left Deer Lakes shaking after scoring three runs in just the first inning. Logan Snyder and Brooke Barker were able take first and second off of errors for the Lady Panthers. Natalie Pritts followed with a single to load the bases for slugger, Morgan McElwain. She stepped up to the plate and drilled her pitch to right field, sending home all three of her teammates.
Riverside lead Deer Lakes 3-0 at the end of one. Although the game quickly turned into an uneventful one soon after. The score remained the same until the sixth inning where the heat started to flare up.
Kirsten Wilson, Riverside’s star pitcher, was able to control her arm for the majority of the game as she pitched just three hits, 11 strikeouts, and 3 walks to the Deer Lakes Lady Lancers. The senior has been a standout the entire season, making it almost boring for Riverside’s defense. When she gave up her first run since April 18th in the sixth inning, her teammates made sure that was the last.
Andrea Lippman, rightfielder, was able to close the inning and put Wilson at ease. Deer Lakes’ Sierra Sarver cracked one to right field with the ability to possibly change the game in her team’s favor. But Lippman was not having that. With the ball headed for over the fence, Lippman made a mid-air catch, saving Riverside’s 3-1 lead. Can we get an instant replay on that?
Riverside was able to give Wilson a 2 run cushion in the bottom of the sixth, raising the score 5-1. With two outs in the top of the seventh, her last batter hit a grounder to first base for the third and final out. And just like that, Riverside became the WPIAL AA Champions.
The team received their trophy and medals in a ceremony after the game. Not to mention, Pam McCarty and her Panthers were greeted at Giant Eagle by anxious Riverside fans, eager to see the new champs. The girls lead a parade through Ellwood City with firetrucks, police, and well, lots of commotion.
This is third title in six years for the Panthers and sixth in Riverside’s history. But the girls aren’t done yet. They are hoping to continue their immaculate season with a State Championship. Riverside will play Monday, June 3 at a time and site to be announced against the District 9.
What does a man who once trained as a boxer at the Olympic Center in Colorado Springs and the Army do in Ellwood City? The former star athlete lends his talents and experience to the Ellwood City Police Department Boxing Club, of course.
Jack Maine Sr., Ellwood native, has been involved with the gym since he was twelve years old. Thirty-four years later, boxing gloves are still a permanent staple in Maine’s wardrobe. In 2006, he earned the role of “coach” for the program, becoming responsible to train, teach, and take the kids wherever they may need to go. Maine also successfully brought two of his own children up through the program, Jack Jr. and Ben.
On June 1st, the ECPD Boxing Club alongside Maine will be hosting their annual fundraiser. There will be live youth boxing at the Sons of Italy Club in Ellwood City. The first match will begin at 7:30. Boxers from across the state will be attending including a few stragglers from Ohio and West Virginia.
Meet one of the star boxers from the ECPD Boxing Club:
Name: Zach Arvelo (on right)
Parents: Tony and Margarita Arvello
Age: 15 years oldGrade: 10th grade at New Castle Junior/Senior High School
Years involved in the program: 4 years
What made you first become interested in boxing? “I was already involved with jujitsu. One day, I was watching UFC and I thought, ‘hey I’d be pretty good at that!’ But I knew that it was going to be different because you actually throw punches. So I figured I would try it out with my friend, Raymond Moore.”
How often do you train? “I train three days a week in Ellwood City and I also sometimes go to the New Castle gym.”
What is your proudest accomplishment in the ring? “This year, I was the Golden Glove Western Pennsylvania Champ. I also went to Regionals for the Junior Olympics in Virginia. I’ll go wherever they send me!”
Do you have any outside hobbies? “I play football and track for New Castle.”
What is the best advise you have ever received from a coach? “Just in general, don’t get hit. But Coach Maine tells me all the time to just keep doing what I’m doing.”
What would you tell young kid interested in boxing? “Boxing would definitely be good for you. It gets your confidence up and builds character, I’m sure of that. Just be sure to stick with it and you’ll go far.”
What are your future plans? “I hope to someday go professional with boxing. I just want to see where it takes me especially with my other sports and in MMA. I definitely see myself as a fighter.”
This past weekend Arvelo lost a touch match in the Regional Championships. But Ellwood’s thirteen-year old, Cody Stang, defeated a D.C. boxer to become the Regional Champ. Because of his age, he will not be able to compete any further this year.
Tickets for the matches will be available at the door. The fundraiser will cover the tournament entry fees, travel expenses, and equipment for the boxing club. Training is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights for youth in the basement of the Municipal Building for absolutely no charge.
Ellwood City was covered in a thick, heavy smog yesterday afternoon as a Spring Avenue house went up in flames. Around 1:00pm, firefighters from Ellwood City and the surrounding area rushed to the burning home of Shalanda Bentel, a teacher at New Castle Elementary.
Bentel, who lives with her husband and two daughters, was luckily not in her rental home at the time of the incident. The once single-family home turned duplex received damage primarily to the second and third floors. After two hours, firefighters were safely able to put the duplex fire out.
After examination, the fire still has no evident cause. Local firefighters did a noteworthy job in making sure there were no injuries and that no damage was done to the surrounding area. Police then shortly reopened the nearby roads for the remainder of the evening after the smoke began to clear.
Memorial Day is a day in which people across the United States gather together to honor those men and women who have proudly served our country. Ellwood City commemorates those brave soldiers each and every year with a parade Monday morning.
Yesterday was no different. Hundreds of community members lined the streets to watch the procession of the young and old. Both the Ellwood City and Riverside Marching Bands entertained the crowds as cars, firetrucks, and wagons passed by. Among the many participants were the Yellow Ribbon Girls, Ellwood City School Board, RiverCity Baseball team, boy scout troops, and State Representative, Jaret Gibbons. Not to mention the most important people, the numerous past heroes who participated in the event.
Following the parade, a ceremony was held at Christ Presbyterian Church. Guest speakers included Lincoln and Riverside High School students and a performance by the Ellwood City Civic Chorale. American flags were waived, rifles fired, and lives remembered throughout the glorious morning.