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Abrupt Endings For PIAA Championship Quests: Riverside, Ellwood Both Shutout In Quarterfinals

The South Park Eagles stunned the consecutive WPIAL Championship Ellwood City Wolverines by pounding out eleven hits en route to a 11-0 mercy-rule victory in the PIAA 3-A Softball Playoffs at North Allegheny High School Thursday afternoon. The Eagles bats were on fire right from the start as they pushed across a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning courtesy of two hits and a key error.  Jess Dean led off the game for the Eagles by doubling to right-center field.  With two outs, the Wolverines Brooklyn Magill misplayed the drive off of the bat of…


Panthers, Lady Wolverines Both Advance in PIAA Opening Rounds

Skyla Greco didn’t allow a single run as Wolverines defeated Ligonier Valley 6-0 on Tuesday in its PIAA Opening Round contest. Greco struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits. The WPIAL champs broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with three runs. Breonna Streit knocked in a run, and Megan Siegfried drove in a pair. Reagan Mittler rounded out the scoring by driving in Anna Ferrucci in the bottom of the sixth. Wolverines had nine hits in the game. Streit and Ferrucci each collected multiple hits for Wolverines. Ferrucci and Streit each managed three hits…


EC Adult Basketball: Season 3 In The Books

Season 3 of the Ellwood City Basketball League is officially in the books. What a wild scene it was at the Family Center throughout the playoffs, and wild has never looked so good! To get the playoffs started, the first ever League MVP was announced.  With each Team Captain putting forth two votes; neither vote being one of their own team members,  it was Chris “King of the Castle” Smiley who emerged as the MVP, narrowly edging out Anthony “The Most Docious” Ovial.  Smiley was the backbone of Turncoats throughout the season, helping them to a league best 16-2 regular season…


Back-to-back: Lady Wolverines Dominant in WPIAL Repeat

Elwood City’s softball team has been a dominant force over WPIAL opponents in recent years, as it carried a carried a 37-game winning streak against such foes into Wednesday’s Class 3A championship game. That dominance continued as the Wolverines scored a convincing 10-0 victory in five innings against Deer Lakes at California University’s Lilley Field. To get that win, the Wolverines (18-0) had to be extremely patient. A rain delay of about 90 minutes during the Class 6A game caused the 3A title tilt to start a little more than 2 1/2 hours after originally scheduled. No problem for the…


Back-to-back: Riverside defends WPIAL throne, collects 3A Championship

Last year, it took nine innings and only one run to give the Riverside Panthers the Class AA crown with a 1-0 win over Neshannock. In 2017, it was a new class and opponent but the end result was still the same as the Panthers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Mount Pleasant Vikings at Wild Things Park to take the 3A baseball trophy back to North Sewickley Township. It is the fifth WPIAL title for Dan Oliastro’s team, he has racked up four state titles as well in an amazing 49 year career. Christian Cicchinelli was the winning…


WPIAL Class 3A Baseball Championship Game Preview

The game: WPIAL Class 3A championship The teams: Riverside vs. Mount Pleasant Where and when: Wild Things Park, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Probable starting pitchers: Christian Cicchinelli for Riverside; Jason Beranek for Mt. Pleasant Riverside Panthers Record: 17-1 Seed: 1 Section finish: Section 2 champion WPIAL championships: 4 (1996, 2006, 2011, 2016) Last championship appearance: 2016 Coach: Dan Oliastro How they got here: (First round) Bye; (Quarterfinals) Burrell, 4-0; (Semifinals) Brownsville, 5-4. What you should know: Riverside, with more PIAA titles than any other team, has only trailed three times this season and enters the game on a 16-game winning streak….


Panthers Overcome Early Deficit, Advance To A Consecutive WPIAL Championship Game

For the first time since 2015, the Riverside Panthers allowed a run in the WPIAL playoffs and had to claw its way back to clinch a spot in the 3A Championship game against a Brownsville Falcons squad that gave them all they can handle in a 5-4 victory. Brownsville showed no signs of fear against a Riverside pitching staff that boasted a 0.86 ERA throughout the season, bringing eight batters to the plate in the top of the first, to take an early 4-0 lead. The Falcons loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit by pitch by the…


Lady Wolverines Advance To WPIAL Championship

The Wolverines remain undefeated on the season and now have run their winning streak to 38 against WPIAL teams. Ellwood City will make a second straight trip to the title game and also has qualified for the state playoffs after its 3-1 victory over #4 Southmoreland (11-7 overall) Tuesday afternoon. Ellwood City took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ariana Garroway scored on a Olivia Porter error. Southmoreland coach Todd Bunner claimed interference on Zoe Kalantzis as she advanced from second to third and possibly hindered Porter’s ability to field the grounder. Staked to the 1-0 lead, pitcher Skyla…


WPIAL Baseball: Wolverines Upset Steel Valley, Panthers Pitch Another Shutout

Ellwood City Wolverines upset the number two seed, the Steel Valley Ironmen 7-2 in WPIAL quarterfinal baseball 3A action Monday afternoon at Burkett Complex in Robinson Township. The Wolverines would score 4 runs in the first inning as Steel Valley Starter Tanner Cannon struggled. He walked two and hit a batter and gave up 4 straight singles. Tyler Good had a big RBI single in the first. They would tag on a run in the 4th to make it 5-0 with 2 singles and a sacrifice. Anthony Roth would get the RBI single. Steel Valley chipped away with solo runs…


Game Site Information for Softball Playoffs at West Allegheny

May 23rd – South Side Beaver vs. Chartiers Houston – 4pm Ellwood City vs. Southmoreland – 6pm Congratulations to those schools advancing their playoff experience in WPIAL softball. Above is listed the dates, times and location for your semi-final game. Please refer to the brackets from the WPIAL website to confirm the information listed and to look to the next round for those teams advancing.   http://www.wpial.org/1617sftresults.asp West Allegheny is located at 205 West Allegheny Rd., Imperial, PA 15126 for those needing an address for GPS. Parking will be available at various locations on our campus. Please park in designated areas…