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RHS junior Logan Sheridan continues to put together impressive performances for the Panthers this season. His gutsy play Tuesday night propelled Riverside to a big section win against Mohawk, 69-51. Coach John Rorick praised his team for their great effort.
“It was a good win at home that we needed to have,” Rorick said. “We played solid defense and rebounded well. We made a lot of clutch free throws last night.”
Sheridan finished 12-14 at the free throw line, and as a team the Panthers went 30-38. Riverside (1-1, 2-3) owned the middle portion of the game, outscoring the Warriors (1-1, 3-2) 35-16 in the second and third quarters. The Panthers defense also held all Mohawk players to single digits on the scoreboard. Zach Gould netted 18 points, while Dillon Speicher added ten for Riverside.
The loss ended Mohawk’s three game winning streak, and solidified Riverside’s first win in Section 2-AA play.
The Panthers aim to carry this momentum into tonight’s match-up with cross-town rival Ellwood City.
The Wolverines (0-2, 1-5) dropped two straight, including a 61-35 decision to Hopewell on Tuesday. Tonight’s game marks the first and only meeting of the season between the teams. Last year, Riverside edged out Ellwood City, 54-51, at Lincoln High School.
A water main broke near the steps of Lincoln High School, causing water to rush from Crescent Ave. down to Lawrence Ave. The flow run-off is filling parking lots below Crescent Ave., and possible basements of residents on the 500 block of the street.
The area between 5th St. and 6th St. on Crescent Ave. is closed, along with a portion of Short St.
Please, use caution when driving on Sixth St. and other locations within the area.
The Ellwood City Wrestling team climbed over .500 with a victory against Central Valley Monday night at Lincoln High School. With the win, LHS improves to 4-3 on the young season.
The team hosts South Side Beaver tomorrow night at 7PM.
Ellwood City 57.0 Central Valley 21.0
106: Tyler Alberts, ECH, dec. Noah Bandish, CVH, 7-5
113: Derrick Knox, CVH, pinned Zach Power, ECH, 3:52
120: Carter MacMurdo, ECH, pinned Antonyo Rodriquez, CVH, 5:59
126: Jacob Ramsey, CVH, dec. Cameron McCowin, ECH, 11-5
132: Pasqualino Mastrangelo, CVH, pinned Ryan Lewis, ECH, 0:26
138: Koree Rodriguez, CVH, pinned Bryan McCarthy, ECH, 2:51
145: Donnie Kerr, ECH, pinned Francis Roberts, CVH, 1:48
152: David McCarthy, ECH, pinned Jeremy Tritt, CVH, 1:15
160: Zach Pounds, ECH, forfeit
170: JT Baldelli, ECH, forfeit
182: Jacob Mayle, ECH, pinned Nicholas Mowad, CVH, 1:04.
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, pinned Randy Ramsey, CVH, 0:24.
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Matthew Goff, CVH, 0:30.
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, pinned RJ Halfhill, CVH, 0:20.
Ellwood City played a tremendous second half against Blackhawk (1-0, 3-1) on Friday night, edging its section foe 33-32 in the final two frames. Unfortunately, the team entered the third quarter down by 15 points, which proved too large a deficit for the Wolverines (0-1, 1-4) to overcome as they fell to the rival Cougars, 63-49.
Three Cougars players hit double-digits offensively, while the defense controlled the boards for most of the night. Ellwood City, a team that relies on out-rebounding opponents, failed to establish a rhythm in board play. Wolverines’ coach Anthony Ovial discussed the importance winning the small battles.
“We typically rebound well, but they won that battle and got a lot of second chances,” Ovial said. “Blackhawk shot very well. They are too good to give away those extra chances.”
Senior guard Justin Vetica led the Wolverines in scoring with eleven points, while sophomore guard Rick Roth chipped in with eight. Blackhawk kept junior standout Tanner
Walsh in check for the duration of the game, holding him to a mere six points. Juniors Ricie Scott and Nick D’Itri picked up the slack by netting seven points a piece. Ovial added that the underclassmen rose to the occasion when called upon.
“We played with pride,” Ovial explained. “We put the ball in the net even when we weren’t clicking. The younger guys really stepped up when they got their opportunities. It was a game where no one really stood out because all of the guys worked together and fought together. We scrapped defensively, and at times played well.”
Ellwood City hopes to take its second half momentum into Tuesday night’s match at Hopewell. The Vikings (0-1, 2-3) fell to Beaver Friday night, 73-67. The Wolverines know they need to keep all eyes on standout Nathan Bell in order to come out victorious.
“Hopewell has a pedigree. They are used to winning. They have good shooter in Nathan Bell, and we need to try and hold him down,” Ovial said about the upcoming match-up. “We are not unfamiliar with them. Last year, they outworked us in both games. We need to be aware of Bell. Also, rebounds are key. They like to scrap and play physical, so we need to outwork them on the boards.”
Tip-off between Ellwood City and Hopewell is at 7:30 p.m.
Blackhawk (4-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 37-5 lead after one quarter, and never looked back, while the Lady Wolverines (2-2, 0-1) seemed starstruck according to Head Coach Dena Noble.
“Blackhawk is ranked first in the WPIAL and State,” Noble said. “The girls seemed to play scared and intimidated. Though, I set five realistic goals before the game, and they achieved three.”
The team held star junior point guard Chassidy Omogrosso to only 15 points after she put up 30+ in both games last season. Also, they kept the Lady Cougars under 70 points, which only one other team accomplished this season.
Sophomore forward Karrington Ketterer led Ellwood City with seven points and five rebounds in the loss.
Lopsided defeat aside, the Lady Wolverines started the season very well, considering their roster only contains one senior and three juniors. Coach Noble believes that her team stands to match up much better against their next opponent, Hopewell.
“They lost their best player Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who now plays Division-1 basketball, and only scored 40 points last game,” Noble explained. “The girls’ confidence level is still strong, because they know they can compete against a team that averages the same amount of points as them. We’ve got a young team, and this is a marathon, not a sprint. After some rebuilding, we can do some damage in this section as long as we commit to improving.”
Ellwood City heads to Hopewell to face the Lady Vikings at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Coach Anthony Ovial noted that his team battled all night after getting out to a big lead Wednesday night at Lincoln High School. The Wolverines (1-3) played a physical brand of basketball that resulted in their first victory, 64-55, over Shenango.
“For our guys, it was battling and getting a big lead right off the bat. We went on an 11-2 run to start,” Ovial said about Wednesday’s match. “We took a lead, sustained that lead, then continued to grow it. It was a great team effort.”
Senior guard Tanner Walsh netted 26 points and added five assists, while forwards Ricie Scott and Nick Ioanilli combined for 19 of the team’s 36 boards. Ioanilli (12) and senior guard Justin Vettica (11) both contributed double digits in points.
“Tanner Walsh really orchestrated the offense, especially when it didn’t seem like we were clicking in the second half,” Ovial added. “Nick Ioanilli had 12 rebounds, and Ricie Scott had 7. We won the game by being physical all night and rebounding as a team.”
Now, Ellwood City aims to continue building momentum tonight as they open section play at home against a Blackhawk Cougars squad hungry for their first win. Blackhawk (0-2) fell in consecutive nights to start the season at home against Pine-Richland and Allderdice. But, rest assure that both teams eagerly want to start off strong in Section 2-AAA.
“They are a very well-coached team,” Ovial explained referencing the Cougars. “They shoot well, and play strong at both ends of the court. We are in for a battle. Tonight will be a challenge and a test for our guys.”
With a win, Ellwood City can boast back-to-back wins for the first time in over a year. In 2012, they defeated Laurel and Sharpsville to start the season, only to drop their next twelve games.
The Wolverines dropped both decisions to Blackhawk last season, including a 64-56 home loss on Dec. 14.
Tip-off occurs at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Chewton Christian Church will host their first ever living nativity scene on church grounds. The cast, made up of eight volunteer children, plan to recreate the first Christmas thanks to church member Bob Romano’s initial idea.
“We were talking this fall about doing something different for Christmas time, and I said that we should do a live nativity scene,” Romano said. “We made an announcement that was open to everyone, including non-members, and we got some great kids and great adults to be a part of it.”
Church members invite everyone to join them for fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate will be serves afterwards in the church basement.
“It really is something special. It brings people together to join in the celebration of our Lord,” Romano added.
Chewton Christian Church is located at 354 Oswald St. in Wampum.
During Ellwood City’s Light Up on Friday, Mayor Court presented several local businesses with the “2013 Merchant Beautification Award”. Local residents who based their choices on displaying Holiday Spirit in the Ellwood City Business District chose awards. Even though Mayor Court would like to award all those who participated, because many were well deserving of this award, there were only 5 to be presented. Those businesses included Posies by Patty, Marketplace on Main, Ellwood City Ledger, Hearts Desire and Alborn Tire.
“This is the second year we’ve done this,” Court explained. “Last year I was approached about a holiday contest since we present five beautification awards in the summer to residents who take great care of their property. This contest really shows a lot of interest, and Ellwood City is on the upswing.”
A representative from each business was presented with a sign to be displayed at their place of business along with a gift certificate. Johnny’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Nico Luciano’s and Stewart Auto Body donated gift certificates for this event. Mayor Court and Borough Manager Bob Villella stated that business owners and the residents enjoy this annual presentation. Getting businesses, schools and residents involved in their community is good for the soul and for the Borough. Spreading holiday cheer throughout the area seems to have a rippling effect and what better way to start the Christmas Season.
“The merchants are so committed to the community,” Court added. “It shows their involvement. It takes so much time and effort that was not there in the past. They have been truly wonderful.”
The five winners selected were Ellwood City Ledger, Alborn Tire Sales, Marketplace on Main, Hearts Desire Florals and Gifts and Posies by Patti. Congratulations to each of the winners. These winners and the many local area businesses in Ellwood City are the reason we are a strong growing community and will continue moving forward in the future.
Some people take for granted the efforts of others during the holiday season. In Ellwood City, lights and decorations fill Ewing Park year after year due to the hard work and sacrifice of a few volunteers. They deserve appreciation, and full community support.
This year, seven borough residents took the time to create Christmas in the Park without making a dollar. They took time away from their families and work schedules to enhance the magic of the holiday season simply for the enjoyment of others. Sherri Greco, one of the event coordinators, believes that nostalgia keeps the volunteers active year after year.
“Its a lot of fun to pull the decorations and lights out and relive all of the wonderful memories from last year,” Greco explained. “The volunteer effort is so amazing. It took only seven people to make this a reality. Everyone always goes above and beyond to make sure everything is in order.”
The latest addition to Christmas in the Park, Christmas Tree Lane, opens a new sector of the park to the public. Contributors adopted individual trees, then decorated them for the season. A row of 20 Christmas trees rests beside the road leading to most of the park pavilions, which creates a spectacular sight.
“Families, businesses, and whoever else wanted to, adopted the trees for $25 a piece, and added their own displays. It is a really nice addition, and a great idea,” Terri Stramba, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, said.
The tradition of Christmas in the Park truly brings the community together. From Dec. 7 to Dec. 29, most everyone drives through Ewing Park to take in the scenery, or to meet Santa Clause, who shows up every weekend. Borough Manager Bob Villella talked about how the efforts of a few make such a difference for so many others.
“Ellwood City is very fortunate that these people are so committed to making it a better place,” Villella discussed. “This is a complete volunteer effort, which is truly unheard of in most places. These community-minded individuals who put other things ahead of their own are truly spectacular. A lot goes into maintaining the decorations and keeping the lights lit. There is real excitement in knowing that somewhere down the line those active few will open the door for others to happily come in and take over.”
Two of the most involved volunteers, Sam Palowski and Bob Baird, spent upwards of three weeks setting up and testing the lights. They also assembled the tall and heavy Frosty the Snowman display. Committee members Bob and Jenny Miles helped put this year’s project in motion, and contributed hours of their own time to the Winter Wonderland. Also, Steve Bailey, Ed Fosnaught, and Baird work together to ensure that Santa arrives at the park on time. While each volunteer spends his/her time participating in separate tasks, they all work together to create a difficult, yet worthwhile setting.
Several businesses, churches, and civic groups also contributed with their own displays, such as: A nativity scene, booths, and colorfully lit holiday characters.
The Christmas in the Park committee encourages visitors to contribute at the donation stand after driving through the park. Any money collected goes back into the project, which in turn contributes to many community efforts in Ellwood City.
And, when you enjoy Christmas in the Park this year, remember that someone took time away from their own holiday to make yours brighter!
The Lady Panthers scored early and often against Western Beaver Monday night at Riverside High School, scoring 19 before the Golden Beavers found the basket en route to a convincing 75-21 victory.
Sophomore guard Katie Stang led the charge by hitting four 3-pointers, and amassing 31 points, while sophomores Jordan Annarumo and Abbey Matiko each added ten points. Riverside (1-2) relied on Stang’s offensive outburst, as well as a suffocating defensive strategy that stymied any sort of Western Beaver (0-3) attack.
After two tough losses in the Sharon Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend, the Lady Panthers rebounded beautifully by holding the opposition to five points or less in three out of four quarters. Coach John Wolf spoke explained this game built confidence within the locker room.
“The girls played well as a team,” Wolf said. “Any time you can build confidence it will help you down the road. We just have to keep improving and learning.
The team, which pitched a first quarter shutout, allowed only nine points in the second half, as they created several backbreaking turnovers.
The Lady Panthers aim to continue their winning ways as they host Central Valley this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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