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One last ride: Ellwood City hosts Quaker Valley

This Friday, the Ellwood City Wolverines (3-5) host the Quaker Valley Quakers (7-1) in a non-conference battle at Helling Stadium.

Last week, Ellwood City put together a tremendous effort against the Beaver Bobcats, but fell short in a 41-40 barn burner.  The win propelled Beaver into the playoffs, and eliminated the Wolverines from contention.

This Friday’s game marks the final time seniors step onto the field for the Wolverines.  With the exception of two fourth quarter letdowns, the team played tremendous football this season.  Senior Jared Meyers surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the second consecutive season as Ellwood City used him as part of a running back committee to create a powerhouse ground attack.

Last season, the Wolverines scored 20 fourth quarter points to defeat Quaker Valley, 54-41.  Meyers amassed over 300 rushing yards, and scored five times in the victory.  Though, that Quakers team finished the season 3-6, and this year’s squad overwhelmed seven of eight opponents.  They also remain undefeated on the road (4-0).

The senior night game starts at 7PM between the two clubs.


Ashley LytleRichard McKnight
Jared Meyers
Keaton Doccio
Jeffrey Fallabel
Brandon Magnifico
Justin Vetica
John Baldelli
Seth Mley
Jordan Lemanski
Nathaniel Wiley
Donald Kerr
Zachary Pounds
Tyler Maine
Josh McKelvey
Joshua Stewart
Bradley Grinnen
Kyle Plotzer
Anthony Tanner
Adam Hunter

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NOMaD wins national battle of the bands

image001 (2)October 23, 2013, Ellwood City, PA – Area country-rock band NOMaD has earned its second major, national music award, winning Buffalo Trace Bourbon’s National Battle of the Bands. Although the prize money of $10,000 was a nice bonus, the band appreciates the recognition even more.

Luke Zacherl explains, “We’ve been slowly branching out as a regional act over the past few years. We’ve picked up new fans all over and we couldn’t be more appreciative of them answering the call to help us out.  We love performing, but there’s nothing more gratifying than the love and support we receive from everyone.”

The Buffalo Trace Battle of the Bands award was based on Facebook votes. NOMaD beat out over four hundred other bands in the first round, winning $500 and progressing to the final round in September of this year. In the final round they triumphed over seven other finalists to bring home the Grand Prize.

This isn’t the first time the five member band has won national recognition. Last year they won Mello Yello’s One Track find competition for their video and song, “American Boy,” an ode to small-town life that includes footage of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. The band has opened and performed with some of Nashville’s most powerful performers, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Gary Allan, but they remain devoted to their area fan base.

“It’s not easy being a band. We’re not just presenting ourselves out there.  NOMaD is a brand that we’ve worked hard on.  It’s hard for anyone right now to stay afloat financially on a personal level, let alone trying to grow your organization.  Winning this will help us in so many ways. We can’t thank everyone enough.”

North of Mason-Dixon has released three CDs, Born and Raised, the self-titled North of Mason-Dixon, and the Acoustic EP which includes the Mello Yello winning track “American Boy.”

About North of Mason-Dixon

North of Mason-Dixon is a country band with a classic rock edge. Members include David August on lead vocals (Monroeville), Jason Pfeifer on lead guitar and vocals (Latrobe), Suitcase Johnny Waclo on acoustic and rhythm guitars (Dormont), George Elliott on Bass, and vocals (North Hills), Luke Zacherl on fiddle, mandolin and vocals (Ellwood City) and Bobby Kunkel on drums and vocals (Greenfield).

Media Contact:

David August

North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD)

Phone: 412-818-3275

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PHOTOS: Panthers defeat Laurel for title

Earlier in the season, the Laurel Spartans dominated the Riverside Middle School Panthers football team, 16-0.

The regular season match ended up as Riverside’s only loss.  Coach John Severn discussed how the early season match helped his squad.

“We looked forward to a rematch with Laurel because we are two very evenly matched teams.  In our earlier match-up, we felt that we let Laurel smack us around a little bit,” Severn said.  “I knew I would be OK with the Laurel loss if we could use it to make us a together, more resilient group.”

Clearly, the Panthers headed into Wednesday’s Tri-County Championship game as the better, more complete squad.  Both teams boasted 6-1 records prior to kickoff.

Riverside scored on their opening drive and never looked back as the team snatched victory from the Spartans, 20-14.

On the opening drive, RMS wide receiver Austin Dambach scampered for a 56-yard touchdown run from the wildcat formation on fourth down.  Laurel answered the bell quickly by scoring on the next drive.  The score remained 6-6 until the final seconds ticked town in the third quarter, when RMS running back Noah Harris pounded his way into the end-zone on a 1-yard carry.

Riverside benefited from a Laurel miscue on the ensuing kickoff as the ball took a fortunate bounce off of a member of the Spartan kick return team, and the Panthers recovered it around midfield.  It then took only one play to solidify their lead as Dambach scored his second touchdown of the game–a 45-yard reception from quarterback Woodrow Hughes–to put RMS up 20-6.

Laurel scored late, but on their final drive, Dambach intercepted a Spartan pass to seal the victory, and Riverside left the field as champions.

“We are very proud of the boys’ performance tonight.  The best feeling was seeing our kids take ownership of their individual assignments,” Severn explained.  “I think they had their minds made up and they rose up to make the big plays.”


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Bigfoot: The Movie comes to Ellwood City

Though movie filming occurs in the Pittsburgh area, none quite capture the true Pittsburgh tone.  Starting Nov. 8, Bigfoot: The Movie aims to do just that, with Ellwood City as the setting.

Greensburg native Curt Wootton, AKA Pittsburgh Dad, and Beaver Falls native Joanie Dodds, who finished runner-up on Cycle six of America’s Next Top Model, star in this upcoming horror comedy.

Pictured from left to right: Nathan Magill, Curt Wootten, and Jared Show

Pictured from left to right: Nathan Magill, Curt Wootton, and Jared Show

Creator Jared Show, a 1998 Riverside High School graduate, met Wootton in Los Angeles while the two lived in the same apartment complex.  Wootton explained that the meeting occurred in typical Pittsburgh fashion.

“I saw [Show's] roommate one day at the apartment complex, and he was wearing a Steelers jersey.  So, of course, I said ‘Go Steelers.’  After that we all started getting together,” Wootton explained.

Show added that the two shared commonality in movie taste, which prompted the idea of filming a “Yinzer” movie based in Ellwood City, PA.

“We talked about doing a movie with ‘yinzer’ characters.  No movie really captures that Pittsburgh tone.  We were both big fans of Tremors and Shaun of the Dead…and movies like that.  So, we decided to do it, and I wrote the script,” Show said.

Bigfoot: The Movie details a story of three Ellwood City men in 1989 who attempt to find and kill Bigfoot, who killed their friends and family members.  Wootten plays “Chuck,” a man who lives to party and loves everything popular.  “Chuck” craves popularity in Ellwood City, and uses the Bigfoot chance to gain recognition from his fellow Ellwoodians.

“Chuck blew the big football game in high school, and feels like killing Bigfoot is his second chance at being a hero,” Wooton explained.  “If Chuck could be the mayor of Ellwood City, his dreams would be fulfilled.”

In the movie, the trio of rednecks: Wooton as “Chuck,” Show as “Burl,” and fellow RHS graduate Nathan Magill as “Dale,” befriend an attractive bartender, “Kate,” played by Dodds.  She discussed her role, and friendship with Show.

“Kate is really tough, outdoorsy, and adventurous.  She’s a cocky bartender, and a little like me in real life,” Dodds said.  “I’ve known Jared since we were kids.  I went to Blackhawk High School, and we both went to Lillyville Church of God.  He moved to LA ten years ago, and I moved out here seven years ago, which brought us back together.  The movie is totally his style.  It takes place in places we’ve been tons of times.”

As for filming so close to home, Dodds added, “It makes you feel proud.”

The movie, referred to by both Wooten and Dodds as “Show’s Baby,” contains a trailer filmed in 2007.  The actors share equal excitement about making it a full feature film.

“It’s ‘yinzerific’,” explained Wootton.  “We had such a great time in 2007, and the people were so nice.  I went to a convenience store dressed at “Curt” and no one thought anything of it.  I did notice that Ellwood City had lots of weapons.  People kept telling us which guns we should be using.”

Show added that the support he receives from his hometown makes it that much more special.

“I grew up in Ellwood City, so I definitely have support of people in the area.  We even talked to Donnie Iris, who is from Ellwood City, about putting his music in the movie, and he was completely on-board,” Show explained.

The movie, which films from Nov. 8 to Nov. 25, stands a better chance of great success with the help of Ellwood City natives.  People who donate to Bigfoot: The Movie by Oct. 25 receive anything from post cards to “extra” spots and credits recognition.

For more information on the film, or to donate funds to production, visit Kickstarter.

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PHOTOS: Clash of the titanides, powder-puff weekend

Last Saturday, four classes of Lincoln High School girls took the field at Helling Stadium to compete in the powder-puff games.

Weather played a major part in both games, as the treacherous field conditions caused by downpours slowed the teams down.  But, the compete level never fizzled as the girls fought hard.  And, in the case of the seniors, to leave a class legacy.

In the first game, the sophomores scored early and often.  The team pounded the freshmen, 50-8, to earn bragging rights for their next match-up two years from now.

In the second game, the juniors overtook the seniors, 17-14, in a not-so-nice send off game.  Junior Amber Leech nailed a field goal with only seconds remaining to grasp the victory.

The girls wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.  Proceed donations went to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation and the Lincoln High School Club Hope to assist with a local family with cancer treatment.

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PHOTOS: Panthers defeated by New Brighton

Riverside used a strong defensive performance Friday Night against New Brighton but came up on the short end of a 20-12 score that kept the Panthers winless on the season.

Marcel Cleckley powered the Panther offense, scoring on a 49-yard touchdown reception and a 2-yard touchdown run, and finished with over 100 yards of total offense.

The Riverside defense held the potent Lions offense to less than 200 yards through the air and kept the game a one-score contest through the second half.   New Brighton, now 5-3 overall, entered the game averaging over 50 points in its four victories and had hung 42 points on the board against Ellwood City earlier this season.

Riverside (0-7 MAC, 0-8 overall) will host a winless Freedom team on Friday night.

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PHOTOS: Meyers shines on ground, Wolverines fall by air

Wolverines tailback Jared Meyers had another huge game on the ground, finishing with 255 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Ellwood City, but a late touchdown by the Bobcats proved to be the deciding score in a wild, high scoring 41-40 Beaver victory Friday Night in Ellwood City.

Meyers third rushing touchdown on the contest put the Wolverines ahead 40-34 late in the fourth quarter, but Beaver used a 59-yard pass from quarterback Alex Rowse to Dylan Goff to set up a Jordan Yates 5-yard touchdown run.

Rowse finished with over 200 yards through the air and connected on three touchdown passes for the Bobcats (4-2 MAC, 6-2 overall).

Meyers carried the ball a workmanlike 41 times, scored on runs of 2, 9, and 49 yards and also tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Keaton Docchio in the first quarter.  Docchio scored on two runs and the pass reception for Ellwood City (2-5 MAC, 3-5 overall).  Meyers rushing performance pushed his season total over 1,000 yards.

The Wolverines offense outgained the Bobcats 445-294.  Ellwood City next hosts Quaker Valley on Friday in its season-concluding Senior Night contest.

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PHOTOS: MarketPlace on Main Holiday Open House event

20131018_105026MarketPlace on Main owner Tenny Ripper’s annual Holiday Open House event gets bigger each year.  So, this year he decided to add some more space.

On Aug. 5, Ripper acquired the old Elks Club building next to his Lawrence Ave. Shop in order to expand upon his growing business.  He then began working tirelessly to transform the bar room into a wonderland of antiques.  The owner explained that when the opportunity to add more store space arose, he reached out without hesitation.

“I heard the Elks Club lost their charter, so I emailed the Grand Elks Lodge and said that if the space becomes available, I am interested,” Ripper said about his recent building purchase.  “We needed more space.”

Each year at the end of October, Ripper closes the store down and transforms it into a holiday masterpiece.  He fills the store with Christmas items, puts trees in the windows, and strings bright, beautiful lights on walls and tables.

20131018_105134The Holiday Open House event started in 1996 when the store first opened.  The store experienced tremendous success that year, which prompted the yearly open house.

“The first year I had it, we sold out of everything the first day,” Ripper explained.  “It grows every year.  People come in and pick what they want, then pay me to decorate their houses.  I currently decorate 18 houses, and three halls at Grove City College.”

Ripper’s career path changed dramatically when he opened MarketPlace on Main.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology, then went to school for computer programing.  Though, the jobs he obtained after school failed to suffice in terms of happiness.

20131018_105154“I always collected antiques in college, and really enjoyed it,” Ripper said as to why he opened the Ellwood City store.  “I worked in a small office as a computer programmer, and I said ‘I gotta get out of here,’ so I got out.”

Now, Ripper gets to enjoy what he loves while running a continuously growing business.

The MarketPlace on Main Holiday Open House occurs on Friday, Nov. 1 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  That Friday also marks the grand opening of the store’s expansion.  Also, attenders receive refreshments both days.

The shop closes down from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31 for preparation purposes.

For more information, please visit, or visit the store located at 402 Lawrence Ave, next to National Grind.

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PHOTOS: Rotary Club meeting notes

P1010741The Rotary Club of Ellwood City met for their weekly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at Connequenessing Country Club.  Vice President Alisa Hatchett conducted the meeting.  Carole Kinney led the singing of “God Bless America,” while Bill Blank gave the invocation, and Pete Kucan was the Jokemaster.  The 50/50 drawing was administered by Terri Stramba, and won by Frank Martz.  Terri also collected Happy Bucks.
Bruce Thalmann announced Oct. 17th as the day of the Fall Harvest Dinner.  Members are welcome to bring friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the season.  The guest speaker for the evening was Jeffrey Bales, Jr.,  who was accompanied by his grandmother Catherine Migut, and his cousin Shirley Perry.  Jeffrey maintains the Lawrence County Memories website.  He told the story of Emmett Rocco, an Ellwood City boy who rose to great heights as a heavyweight boxer.
Rocco, who has many living relatives in Ellwood City, had to leave school after the 8th grade because he had to help support his brothers and sisters.  Emmett took up amateur boxing, and came to the attention of a New Castle boxing promoter, Joe Cumo, who persuaded him to become a pro.  Rocco won his first 14 fights, often training with George Chip, who was the Middle weight champion of the world.  In 1928, under a new manager, he fought Battling Levinsky, a famous light heavyweight who won over 200 fights.  Rocco won the second of two fights.  He advanced so far in his career that he sought a fight with Max Schmeling, who later became a heavyweight Champion.  Schmeling would not agree to the bout.  Rocco retired in 1933 at the age of 26.  He married Margaret Biordi, had 3 children, and lived in California till his death in 1964.  He was very religious and devoted to fund raising for Catholic Charities.
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PHOTOS: Annual powder-puff football games this weekend

EC Cheerleaders Powderpuff

Pictured left to right: Sophia Gagliano – Sophomore, Maddie DeLisio – Junior, Cassidy Court – Senior, and Valerie Shaffer – Freshman.

It’s that time of year again.

This Saturday at Helling Stadium, the Lincoln High School powder-puff football games take place.  The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Cheering Boosters, consists of two games: One between freshman and sophomore girls at 4PM, and the other between the junior and senior girls at 6PM.

Last year, the Freshman class and Sophomore class played to an 8-8 tie.  Then, the seniors emerged victorious over the juniors, 14-6, under the lights.

This year’s Senior class aims for redemption, and the freshmen look to establish a winning precedent for the next three years.

The players plan to wear pink as part of their uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A portion of the proceeds will be distributed to both the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation and Lincoln High School Club Hope.

Admission is $4 at the gate, and concessions will be available for purchase.


Freshmen – Class of 2017

00 – Sayde Morse
1 – Melissa Gatto
2 – Jessica Zak
3 – Giana Rangel
4 – Mauria Wiley
05 – Samara Grimes
6 – Mackenzie Santillo
7 – Taylor Dufford
8 – Jozie Fallabel
9 – Rachael Morabito
10 – Jordan Gilchrist
11 – Brooklyn Magill
12 – Erika Walley
13 – Emily Moffatt
14 – Taylor Petrak
16 – Kalee Foreman
17 – Madison Widmaier
19 – Alyssa Myers
21 – Asia Anderson
25 – Ally Peffer
27 – Megan Siegfried
33 – Joellen Cirelli
36 – Valerie Shaffer
41 – Emma Hall
51 – Zoe Geminiani
52 – Mia Agostinelli
66 – Ashley Morgan
72 – Leah Boots
83 – Eisabela Miller
85 – Skyla Greco
86 – Camille Maine

Head Coach: Jim Miller


Sophomores – Class of 2016


2 – Karington Ketterer
3 – Brooke Carone
5 – Kayla Murin
06 – Mariah Linville
7 – Stormie Perell
10 – Paige Mason
11 – Nikol Damato
12 – Makaila Holsinger
13 – Maiya Sheets
15 – Allie McKelvey
16 – Elisabeth Falen
17 – Rachael Falen
18 – Kaleigh Basile
20 – Taylor Hartle
21 – Abby Conforti
22 – Brianna McClintick
23 – Cortni Prine
24 – Kyrsten Ott
26 – Bailey Wilson
28 – Sophia Gagliano
31 – Jodi Iddings
32 – Mallory Swogger
33 – Sydney Shurtz
34 – Abby Higby
35 – Josalyn Izzo
36 – Emily Jackson
41 – Demi Chapman
42 – Sylvia Rozzi
43 – Kaitlyn Wright
55 – Shania Shustock
66 – Bree Benson
69 – Molly Morales
77 – Hannah Kauffman

Head Coach:  Rob Damato


Juniors – Class of 2015


2 – Anneleise Williams
3 – Celia DeCarlo
5 – Emma DeSanzo
7 – Talia Marker
8 – Elise Amonette
9 – Morgan Meyers
10 – Abbey Dorer
11 – Megan O’Donnell
12 – Maggie Prokovich
13 – Jasmine Jones
15 – Erica Battaglia
16 – Autumn Kuzmin
17 – Taylor Rozzi
19 – Lexus Garvin
20 – Laiken Sesti
21 – Payton Kegel
22 – Kaitlyn Manross
24 – Katelyn Wardman
27 – Olivia Pigza
30 – Maddie DeLisio
32 – Bailey McKinney
36 – Morgan Thomas
45 – Brooke Muntean
55 – Sarah Radich
66 – Savannah Steilner
67 – Summer Maine
73 – Raeanna Orock
92 – Amber Leech

Head Coach:  John Steilner


Seniors – Class of 2014


00 – Taylor Kaufman
01 – Kimberlyn Peffer
2 – Mysti Vincik
3 – Shye Dennis
4 – Chelcy Blontz
6 – Andi Hozick
7 – Mikki Beall
10 – Madison Wallace
11 – Cassidy Court
12 – Gia Greco
13 – Cheyenne Annarumo
14 – Jessica Work
16 – Lindsay Sarver
17 – Jenica Dismuke
18 – Ashley Boots
19 – Megan Staples
20 – Aletha Carroll
21 – Marisa Scialdone
22 – Erica Yerace
23 – Shaelyn Barrett
24 – Brooke Cisco
26 – Jennifer Boots
27 – Lauren Paswell
28 – Sierra Jones
32 – Kelsey Kozora
33 – Karyn Kline
38 – Susie Blythe
87 – Jaiden Campbell
98 – Carmie Teolis
99 – Abby Konyak

 Head Coach:  Eric Bell


An field photographer will be in attendance, check back Monday for photos from both powderpuff games.

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