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Winter Sports Senior Q&A

With the winter sports season is in full swing, Ellwoodcity.org continues its tradition of interviewing senior athletes. This year, Ellwood’s basketball teams are both senior heavy, creating an experienced and closely bonded group of athletes. Below are Q&A’s taken from the preseason with two seniors from girls basketball, two from boys and one wrestler. Check back throughout the season for game stats and summaries and athlete spotlights. Girls Basketball Karington Ketterer Parents: Laura and Jeff Ketterer Years Played: Since 3rd grade What are you looking forward to about the season? We’re hoping to advance to playoffs again. How do you…


Photos: Riverside Defeats Ellwood City by Two Points in Last Two Seconds

Riverside and Ellwood City clashed in a high-scoring game last night at Riverside High School. Both teams were locked in an evenly-matched struggle which remained undecided until the last two seconds with a steal and two point shot by Riverside. The game ended 71-69 with the Wolverines returning home in dismay. The second quarter ended 35-34, with Riverside leading. The second half of the game saw Ellwood take the lead only to gradually lose it. Ellwood scored 18 to Riverside’s 12 in the third quarter. However, the Panthers counterattacked in the fourth quarter. Led by junior guard Dylan Speicher, who…


Riverside Girls Narrowly Overcome Quigley Catholic, Defeat Laurel

The Riverside Lady Panthers nearly had their first loss to Quigley Academy on Saturday, Dec. 12. Behind the entire game, Riverside launched a counterattack in the fourth quarter to make up the difference and come out ahead by four points. Katie Stang scored 15 points, including three three-pointers, and Sydney Wolf had 12. After the non-conference victory, Riverside traveled to Laurel for a section game on Monday, once again emerging victorious 58-38. In contrast to Saturday’s game, the Lady Panthers gained an early lead and maintained it through the game. This time, Morgan Bailey was the highest scorer, with 16…


Riverside Sports Schedule for Week of Dec. 14, 2015

Monday, Dec. 14 6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Laurel High School Away 7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball Laurel High School Away Tuesday, Dec. 15 3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball Sewickley Academy Home 6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Mohawk Senior High School Home 6 p.m. Coed Varsity Swimming Northgate High School Away 7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball Mohawk Senior High School Home Wednesday, Dec. 16 3:30 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball Neshannock High School Away 6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Ellwood City HS Home 7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball Ellwood City HS Home Thursday, Dec. 17 6 p.m….


Ellwood City Area Sports Schedule for Week of Dec. 14, 2015

Monday, Dec. 14 3:30 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball Away Seneca Valley High School 6 p.m. Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Home Central Valley School District 7:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball Home Central Valley School District Tuesday, Dec. 15 3:30 p.m. Boys Freshman Basketball Away Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Away Postponed to 01/04/2016 – Ambridge HS 7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball Away Postponed to 01/04/2016 – Ambridge HS Wednesday, Dec. 16 4 p.m. Boys Middle School Basketball Away Aliquippa High School 6 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Away Riverside High School 6 p.m….


Ellwood City Wrestlers Win First Section Match

The Ellwood City wrestling team defeated Central Valley 37 to 24 in an away match on Wednesday, Dec. 9 In the decisive matches, Sophomore Tyler Baird won a 10-2 decision over Michael Caponera, and junior Tyler Alberts defeated Derrick Knox 5-0. Nine out of the 14 matches were decided by forfeits, making the contested matches all the more important. The Wolverines host Laurel and Beaver for a section tri-match on Dec. 16. 106: Double Forfeit 113: Double Forfeit 120: Tyler Baird (ECH) over Michael Caponera (CVH) (MD 10-2) 126: Carter MacMurdo (ECH) over (CVH) (For.) 132: Zach Power (ECH) over…


Winter Sports Preview 3: With an Experienced Lineup, Lady Panthers Looking to Successful Season

Experience is one thing the Lady Panthers have in abundance. Going into the 2015-16 season, the girls have six seniors fresh from a 19-4 season last year. Having finished 9-3 in their class AA section and advanced to the first round of playoffs, the Riverside girls basketball team is of course aiming for those goals again. However, teamwork and daily practice take precedent to earned titles. “We would like to compete for a section title and the playoffs but we never talk about it in that manner,” head coach John Wolf said. “We simply take our next opponent and work…


Riverside’s Lady Panthers Win Two This Week, Remain Undefeated

After a successful tip off tournament, the Riverside Lady Panthers traveled to Eden Christian Academy on Monday for a win. Riverside defeated ECA 62-21. With a true display of team versatility, four players scored in the double digits: Kaite Stang with 14 points, Ashely Boehm and Sydney Wolf with 11, and Morgan Bailey with 10. Defensively, Riverside collected 23 total rebounds, and Abbey Matiko blocked two shots. The Lady Panthers faced their first conference opponent yesterday and came through with all guns blazing, defeating Shenango 52-37 in a home game This time, Stang stole the offensive glory, with 25 points….


Lady Wolverines Fall Behind Early, Lose to Ambridge

The Ambridge Bridgers defeated the Ellwood City Lady Wolverines 55-44 in a home non-conference game yesterday. The game was the first section challenge for Ellwood City. Had Ellwood reached their potential by the third quarter, they may have won. Ambridge consistently outscored Ellwood for the first three quarters, closing at 50-27. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Wolverines exploded, scoring 17 to Ambridge’s 4, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Ellwood’s Karrington Katterer had an impressive game with 18 points and an 80 percent field goal success rate. Unfortunately, she was outscored by Ambridge’s Sydney Rabold with 21…


Winter Sports Preview 2: Lady Wolverines Shooting for a Second Playoff Run

Last year was an exciting year for the Lady Wolverines. For the first time in 17 years, the Ellwood girls basketball team, under coach Jolene Krupa, advanced to the playoffs. The elation of the playoff season was short lived with a loss in the first game against Ford City. The season ended with total record of 12-11 overall and 5-7 in conference. This year, the team has its sites raised higher: top three in section and to advance at least one stage farther in the playoffs. With a loss of only two seniors, the core of the squad is returning,…