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VIDEOS: Candlelight Vigil & Memorial Highlight Honors Former Ellwood City Football Player

Past and present teammates from Bradley Grinnen’s football days carried his jersey through Helling Stadium in Ellwood City on Wednesday night. It’s the field the 21-year-old played on during high school. Visitation was held on Wednesday at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with a mass of Christian burial held Thursday morning in the Holy Redeemer Church.  Memorial contributions in Bradley’s name may be made to his parents and will be used to establish a scholarship in his name. Waynesburg University Sports Network published the following highlight/memorial video on its Twitter feed earlier this week.  The student run production at Waynesburg University is…


WPIAL Basketball Playoffs, Matchups Announced

The WPIAL announced their 2017 high school basketball playoffs Tuesday night with three local teams earning a playoff birth.  Both Riverside girls and boys squads made the playoff picture along with the Ellwood City boys basketball team. For the boys in their Class 3A playoff bracket with opening round action on Saturday, Riverside (15-7) squares off against Burgettstown (11-11) at North Allegheny, 3 p.m. while Ellwood City (9-10) plays vs. Washington (18-4) at Peters Township, 3 p.m. An opening round victory could possibly pit the Panthers against heavyweight Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (17-5 overall) in second round action, while a upset…


Lincoln High Swimmer Receives Gold Medal

Taylor Petrak, a senior swimmer at Lincoln High School won a double gold medal in her MAC Swim Meet, according to Lincoln High’s Twitter page. Saturday, Feb. 11,2017 was the MAC Swimming and Diving Championship hosted by Moon High School and directed by West Allegheny’s coach Bob Miller. “High school swimming is a little bit different than other sports in that you are only permitted to enter two individual events. However, if you are on a team you may also be a member of two relays.  We were pleased that Taylor won her two individual events – 200 yard freestyle…


Baseball Registrations for the Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation

Ellwood City’s summer youth baseball, brought to the community by the Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation, is preparing for their 67th season. Parents can sign their kids ages 4-18 up and registrations are from now until the end of February. Once a widely participated sport, Michael Widmaier, the organizations Vice President stated that they’re lucky if they get over 300 sign ups, which was almost doubled in the past. “The idea of the summer youth baseball program is to promote youth in the community being outgoing and active,” Widmaier said, “were hoping to see a good turn out this year.”…


PHOTOS: Lady Panthers Clinch Playoff Berth With Victory

The Riverside Lady Panthers knocked off rival Ellwood City 55-31 to wrap up a season sweep of the Wolverines and also clinch a playoff birth in the WPIAL Class 3A Playoffs Thursday night. The Panthers (14-3 overall, 7-2 section) rebounded from a sluggish first quarter and used two 18-point quarters in the second half to pull away from the host Wolverines. Riverside has four players reach double figures in scoring, including a game-high 17 points from Sydney Wolf.  Sisters Lauren (13 points) and Bekeh Bettencourt (12 points) along with Shayla Bentel (10 points) rounded out the balanced scoring attack for…

Members of the bocce team pose with a Lincoln High teacher

Lincoln High Wins First Bocce Match of the Season

The first season of bocce matches for Ellwood City’s Lincoln High School is already proving to be a success. Ellwood reigns champion against New Wilmington after their first and only home game, which included the support of the high school’s band and cheerleaders, on Tuesday night. The team of 12 students has been practicing since the beginning of December, and the coach says the students couldn’t be more excited about winning their first game. “I have several of the team members in my class and they have been so upbeat and excited since the win,” Mr. DiBuono, the coach said….


PHOTOS: Encore Performance Puts Panthers Past Wolverines

Everyone likes a good encore. But for Panthers and Wolverines players and fans, this Rivalry 2.0 game was too much like the original. Once again, the Panthers overcame a slow start, a first quarter deficit, and early Wolverine momentum to mount another sound defeat of Ellwood City 60-48 Friday night a Section 1-3A showdown. Much like their first matchup earlier this month, Ellwood City jumped out to an early 12-4 lead and sank five early 3-pointers to keep pace with the Panthers who slowly recovered and crept to a 29-25 halftime lead. Riverside (11-6 overall, 5-2 section) used its balance scoring attack…


Ellwood City Hoops

After two successful summer seasons, the Ellwood City Basketball League is preparing for their third season – this time as a winter league. “We have some really good teams in the league, it’s competitive, but it’s also about having fun and hanging out with friends,” Matt Boffo, a coordinator for the organization stated. The season is 10 weeks followed by two weeks of playoffs; the games take place at the Ellwood City Family Center, formerly known as the Y. More information below. Schedule: Games will be held on Sunday nights at 5:00pm from February 12-April 30 in the Ellwood City…


Panthers & Wolverines victorious, setup for rivarly rematch Friday

The Ellwood City Wolverines used an early cushion to easily cruise to a 59-34 victory over New Brighton Tuesday night while the Riverside Panthers found their stroke from the free throw line to hold on and beat Aliquippa 61-59.  With victories for both squads, Ellwood City (8-7 overall) next travels to Riverside (10-6 overall) for their second meeting of the season – with playoff implications on the line. For the Wolverines, a early 16-3 first quarter cushion and 17 points from senior Jordan Recce was enough to oust the Lions.  Ellwood City junior Anthony Roth led all scorers with 18…