Local Sports

PHOTOS: Ellwood City Adult Basketball League Results for 3/5/2017

It was a battle of the unbeaten in the Ellwood City Adult Basketball League Sunday evening as Big Fun and Turncoats headlined the main event at the Family Center. Big Fun; the defending League Champions, rolled into the night’s action at 3-0 rocking the NWO Wolfpac black and red colors. Fresh off a Texas Turncoat, Team Captain Pat O’Brien had the Turncoats looking ready to play, also walking in the door at 3-0 and with some smooth looking orange gear. It was a close, back and forth game the whole way through that proved any game during the 18 game…


Portersville Christian School Championship Games Recap

Portersville Christian School Championship Games took place this past Saturday, Feb. 25th with the junior high boys losing to Central Prep 32-16, junior high girls winning against Central 13-11, Varsity girls losing to Aquinas 44-27 and Varsity boys winning 55-45 against Cheswick. This is the first time in history that all four of Portersville Christian School’s basketball teams have gone on to the Championships in the same year. The Varsity boys are officially back to back SWCAC League Champions and back to back Tri-County Division Champions. This is the first time the school has had three consecutive appearances by the…


Honoring Hack Wilson

Join the Ellwood City Area Historical Society and the Ellwood City Community in honoring Hack Wilson – a baseball legend born in Ellwood City in 1900, who rivaled the mighty Babe Ruth. His 1930 statistics included the “unbreakable” record of 191 runs batted in a National League leading 56 home runs (a record that stood for 68 years), .356 batting average, and a league-leading .723 slugging percentage. ECAHS invites the community to join them for an on-field ceremony, “Bat for Hack”, honoring Hack on April 26, 2017, at PNC Park when the Pirates play the World Champion Cubs. 200 fans…


Panthers Fall to North Catholic in Quarterfinals

A complete defensive gem was seen at Sewickley Academy as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s suffocating zone defense caused fits for Riverside all night long. It was was a theme across the Class-3A quarterfinals as three of the four games combined to score no more than the 87 points in North Catholic’s 55-32 victory. The 3-seeded Trojans never trailed in the game, led by as many as 29 points, and forced 21 Panther turnovers. Kenny Fukon scored 21 for the Trojans, followed by eight a piece for Zach Offi and Vinnie DiNicola. DiNicola recorded a half dozen steals to lead the…


Lady Panthers Advance, Riverside Boys To Play Tonight

Riverside junior point guard Sydney Wolf scored a game high 18 points for the Lady Panthers as they secured a first round victory its WPIAL Playoff action Wednesday night in Peters Township. The Panthers pulled away from what became a close game to gain a 47-39 victory over Brownsville.  The Panthers led by double digits at halftime but had to hold on what became a four point game at the end of the third quarter. Bekah Bettencourt connected on three 3-points for Riverside to finish with nine points while her sister Lauren chipped in with 8 points for the victorious…



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.”…