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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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Ellwood City hosted its annual Christmas parade on Saturday. The “Home for the Holidays” theme included appearances by Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Clause. Also, the Lincoln High School Marching Blue Band appeared along with the Mohawk Marching Band.
The parade included a live nativity scene float by Chewton Christian Church. The church also plans to host a live nativity at its Chewton location on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The parade, which followed Light-Up Night, served as a precursor for Christmas in the Park, which runs through Dec. 29.
Check out some of the highlights captured in the parade photos!
Riverside junior Logan Sherdian led all scorers with 25 points and junior Zach Gould calmly sank late free throws to help the Riverside Panthers boys basketball team win their season opener Friday Night 59-56 over Beaver County Christian School.
The win placed the Panthers into their championship game of their hosted Riverside Shootout Tournament where they will face the Beaver Bobcats Saturday night.
Gould connected on three long range 3-pointers in the contest and finished with 17 points.
Wolverines drop season opener, 57-51
The Wolverines hosted an anticipated season opener Friday night as part of the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament. Ellwood entered the season without the aid of their leading scorer, Nick Aloi, who is out for the season with an injury, forcing the team to look elsewhere for scoring power.
The Wolverines faced an early 17-8 first quarter deficit to Laurel, but battled back to close the deficit to two points at halftime behind Tanner Walsh. Walsh scored a team-high 19 points over three quarters to try and aid a Wolverine comeback but the team fell short.
Sophomore Nick Ioanilli scratched double-digits (10 points) for the Wolverines in defeat. Ellwood City next plays Union in the consolation game of the tournament Saturday evening.
Riverside Panther Photos:
Wampum held its annual Light-Up Night on Thursday, as residents gathered in town’s streets to witness bright lights and awesome decorations.
Children and adults alike enjoyed the festivities that brought the Wampum community together to kick-off the holiday season.
Check out some of the photos showing residents who came out to show their pride and support for the efforts of a select few that made the event possible.
Don’t forget that Ellwood City’s Light-Up Night is tonight from 5PM to 8PM. More information here.
Local businesses prepared their holiday decorations, and Lincoln High School students filled empty spaces with beautifully drawn artwork. Also, borough employees connected the ever-popular snowflake lights to lamp poles, and dressed up the municipal building. Furthermore, several dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to create a wonderland in Ewing Park.
Now, all of their efforts come full circle as Ellwood City’s Holiday Kick-Off Event, otherwise known as Light-Up Night, serves as the beginning to a three-week-long celebration of winter festivities. Area businesses collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce and Ellwood City Community Enrichment to provide the town with an opportunity to start the holiday season off right.
Chairman of the event, Tracey Fergusson, talked about the full slate of activities in store for community members and out-of-town visitors.
“Light-Up Night kicks off with Mayor Court’s announcement of the window award, which is given to the best decorated business window display in town,” Fergussion explained. “There will be local vendors on the street and in the City Centre Shoppes, and some very talented craft-makers who have an incredible sense of imagination. Also, there will be a lot of great food, as we will have food trucks and volunteer food providers.”
A shutdown of the 500 block of Lawrence Ave. begins at 5PM for the event, which centers around the community plaza. Along with the slew of vendors, several dance academies, including Studio P, Diamond Dance, and Dance Expressions, plan to provide entertainment. Also, Lincoln High School concert singers, coupled with the LHS Blue Band, will travel around town providing their own musical renditions of Christmas carols.
Executive Director of the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce, Terri Stramba, wants people to come and enjoy with the town has to offer.
“People should just come out and enjoy this amazing event. Most stores will stay open late, and the large array of entertainment will make for a great evening,” Stramba said. “It’s a perfect way to create a buzz within the town.”
The M.C. for the evening, Borough Manager Bob Villella, looks forward to participating in the community-driven occasion. He discussed some of the things he does to prepare for the holidays.
“I always get ready for Christmas by watching ‘A Christmas Carol.’ I love the idea of a town in the Dickens era that really supports the idea of community and the holidays,” Villella discussed. “I’m excited because we have another wonderful community event that brings people into our town. It truly is a community celebration…almost Dickens-esque.”
Several businesses plan on staying open past their normal hours and hosting holiday parties during Light-Up Night. Grand Paws plans to conduct a “Photos with Santa” event, while the City Centre invites visitors to enjoy the second annual “Holiday Extravaganza,” which starts at 4PM. Brooke Bartolomeo, coordinator of the City Centre Shoppes’ vendor show, explained the idea behind the event.
“We are coordinating this event to bring people into the downtown area. We want to bring business into Ellwood City,” Bartolomeo explained. “This is the second time we’ve hosted it, and last year we had a really good outcome. I am excited for this year.”
Unfortunately, a downside exists for this year’s Light-Up Night. Frolicking Frosty, the character involved with a city-wide scavenger hunt, will not be mobile as previously expected. Though, Stramba reassures everyone that Frosty intends on showing up.
“Frosty will make it to a place or two. The problem is that he is way too big to really move around. He stands upwards of 13 feet,” Stramba said. “He might not be making it all over town, but people can still see him at a couple of locations.”
The Holiday Kick-Off runs from 5PM to 8PM tonight.
The Lincoln High School Boys Basketball team kicks off its season Friday and Saturday at home as part of the 5th Annual Tip-Off Hoop Shoot.
Last year, the Wolverines won the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament behind the stellar performance of freshman guard Nick Aloi, who rounded off the weekend with 50 points. Unfortunately, the team dropped twelve consecutive games after that, and finished the season 3-18, and 0-14 in Section 2-AAA.
Aloi averaged over 15 points-per-game last season, but a season-ending injury puts tremendous pressure on the Wolverines in 2013/14.
Four teams participate in the tournament: Beaver Falls, Laurel, Union, and Ellwood City.
Beaver Falls finished 2012/13 as the state champions in AA with a remarkable 28-3 record.
The games begin on Dec. 6 at 6PM as Union faces off against Beaver Falls. Then, Ellwood City battles the Laurel Spartans at 8PM.
On Dec. 7, Union takes on Laurel at 6PM, and Ellwood City plays host to Beaver Falls at 8PM.
Tickets for the event with be sold at the door.
Adults: $8 for weekend pass, or $5 per night
Students: $3 for weekend pass, or $2 per night.
Click here for full information on Ellwood City’s 2013/14 basketball schedule, rosters, and team pictures.