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Riverside Sports Schedule for Week of Oct 26

This week’s Riverside sports schedule is as follows: Monday, October 26 No events scheduled Tuesday, October 27 No events scheduled Wednesday, October 28 No events scheduled Thursday, October 29 1:00 PM Coed Varsity Cross Country WPIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS @ COOPERS LAKE Away Friday, October 30 ACT 80 DAY (School) 7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football Vincentian Academy at J.C. Stone Field in North Park Away Saturday, October 31 No events scheduled


Ellwood City Sports Schedule Week of Oct 26

This week’s Ellwood City sports schedule is as follows: Monday, October, 26 3:30PM Girls Middle School Basketball Home Neshannock High School Tuesday, October, 27 5:30 PM Boys 5th/6th Wrestling Elementary Wrestling Clinic (Other) Wednesday, October, 28 5:30 PM Boys 5th/6th Wrestling Elementary Wrestling Clinic (Other) Thursday, October, 29 2:00 PM Coed Varsity Cross Country Away WPIAL Championship 3:30PM Girls Middle School Basketball Away Shenango High School Friday, October, 30 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Football Away Beaver Area High School


Ellwood Senior Night Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the last home football game will be on sale in the Main Office at the high school Thursday and Friday from 7:15 to 3:15. Cost of tickets are as follows: Student tickets – $1.00 Adult tickets – $4.00 All tickets sold at the gates will be $5.00 Also, the game is Senior Night.


Students Create First Inter-school Powder Puff Game

The first ever inter-school Powder Puff game for Lincoln High school will be against Mohawk this Saturday, October 24. Ellwood has enjoyed a long tradition of intramural powder puff games but now the Lincoln senior girls will be pitting their athletic prowess against the Mohawk senior class. The game is the brainchild of seniors Sydney Schurtz and Alley McKelvey, who informed Athletic Director Darin Morella. Morella in turn contacted several surrounding schools. However only Mohawk responded positively, with their Athletic Director, Jared Stratton, joining the effort. According to Morella, the event should be a two-year commitment. This year’s game will…


Riverside Parents Inquire about Co-Op Wrestling with Ellwood City

Several parents attended the Riverside School Board agenda setting meeting on Monday, Oct. 12 to inquire about a potential Riverside wrestling program. Visitor Rani Schweiger asked the Board if there was interest in either establishing a Riverside wrestling team or forming a Co-Op with Ellwood City. Superintendent Dr. David Arney said that because of how imminent winter sports season is, it is more practical to look into having Riverside athletes wrestle as independents for the 2015-16 school year. Schweiger countered that wrestling as an independent is an entirely different experience for athletes than having the support of a team. “My…


Local Effects of PIAA Transition to 6A Classification Uncertain

The nature of high school sports in Pennsylvania will change in the 2016-17 school year. At a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6 the PIAA board voted 26-4 to increase the number of football classifications from four to six. Traditionally, high schools sports have been divided into two to four size rankings (A, AA, AAA, AAAA) based on the student population of freshmen through juniors. Male and female populations are counted separately. With this change, there will now be six classifications (A-AAAAAA) in the PIAA for not only football, but baseball, softball, and boys/girls basketball. According to other news sources, the…


Relay Team Overcomes Obstacles to Break Record and Qualify for States

Ellwood City’s girl’s track and field 4 x 100 meter relay team is on the road to states. The team broke a 39-year old record at the Tri-County Invitational a few weeks ago, broke their new record a week later at the WPIAL qualifiers, and again at the WPIALs. Their current record is 50.8 seconds, and the team is prepared to break that at the PIAA meet at Shippensburg this Friday and Saturday. The team consists (in the order they run) of sophomore Maddy Morella, sophomore Taylor Petrak, senior Brooke Muntean and junior Brianna McClintick. Head Coach Tom Natale said,…


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Lady Wolverines Finish Section Play Strong on Senior Night

Gary Rozanski’s softball team played the last game of the regular season on Tuesday against Riverside. The Lady Wolverines went out with a bang, defeating the Lady Panthers 8-0. The home game was also senior night, which had to be arranged at the last moment due to weather cancellations. The team’s three seniors, Lauren Stiles, Summer Maine and RaeAnna Orock, were honored. In the first three innings, Riverside’s offense consistently manage to load bases with hits by Ashley Boehm, Makenzie McElwain and Morgan Bailey. However, pitcher Skyla Greco was able to shut down Riverside before they could secure runs, with…


Photos: Lady Wolverines Fight It Out with the Lady Panthers, Win 3-1

On Monday evening, the Ellwood City and Riverside softball teams met at Riverside High School for the rivalry showdown. The close game ended with the Lady Wolverines pulling ahead of the Lady Panthers and winning 3-1. It was Ellwood’s first real fight of the season, as the combined score for their first four games is 35-2. Both teams had gone about a week without a game due to weather. Ellwood’s Allie McKelvey got the first run of the game in the first inning. Afterward, the game stalemated until McKelvey got another run, batted in by Summer Maine, in the fifth…


Ellwood’s Petrak is the Swimming State Champion

Taylor Petrak’s greatest challenge, being a swimmer in a school without a team or pool, became her strength and motivation. Petrak, a sophomore at Lincoln High School, won the 50 yard freestyle last Wednesday at the PIAA competition at Bucknell University. With a time of 23.62 seconds, she tied her WPIAL record and beat the second place finisher by roughly .4 seconds, a sizable difference in a short-distance event. Petrak placed third in the 100 yard freestyle and had the satisfaction of achieving a new personal record of 51.23. Rather than allow her status as Ellwood’s sole swimmer be an…