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Weekly Basketball Recap: Ellwood City, Riverside Experience Section Losses

Riverside Girls Win One, Lose Won Defeat isn’t something the Riverside Girl’s basketball team has experienced much this season. The team started with a seven-game winning streak briefly interrupted by Neshannock before going on an eight-game streak. The last game in that streak was against Laurel in a home conference game on Monday, when Riverside won 79-50. Katie Stang and Sydney Wolf both broke 20 points, scoring 23 and 20, with the other half of Riverside’s point distributed among eight players. However, the girls’ second winning streak game to an end in an away game yesterday at Beaver Falls. Although…


Ellwood City Athletic Director Proposes Reforms for Equipment Purchasing and Field Upgrades

At Monday’s agenda setting meeting, Athletic Director Darin Morella presented several major ideas to the Ellwood City Area School Board. Foremost, Morella, who was appointed AD this past summer, wished to reorganize the method with which the athletic department purchases equipment in order to cut down on wasted equipment, save money and have equipment arrive in a more timely fashion. His proposal is in cooperation with Richard Zarone, the district’s business manager. As it is currently done, all sports order their equipment at the same time, around May. The athletic department then is responsible for ensuring the orders arrive and…


Ellwood City Girls Basketball on Three Game Roll

After a rough early season, the Ellwood City girls basketball has bounced back into swing. The Lady Wolverines won three games in a row and are now 3-4 in their class AAA conference. Following a 56-44 victory against Hopewell on Jan. 4, the girls defeated Lincoln Park 38-19 on Thursday, Jan. 7. Allie McKelvey and Karrington Ketterer paced the Wolverines with 10 points each and Cortni Prine had seven. In a much closer game, Ellwood City traveled to New Castle on Monday, defeating the Hurricanes 48-40. As has been the case with the Lady Wolverines lineup, their offense started slow….


Ellwood Wrestlers Win Gold and Silver at MAC Championships

Ellwood City’s Tyler Alberts won his weight bracket in the MAC championships held on Saturday, Jan. 9. Alberts went 6-0 to claim the top spot in the 126 weight bracket. Tyler Baird also earned a medal as runner-up in the 113 category. Other wrestlers for Ellwood City were: 120: Carter Macmurdo, fifth place 145: Angelo Battaglia, sixth 152: Christian Kerr, sixth 195: John Jefferson seventh 220: Jeremy Figurel eight As a team, Ellwood City placed eighth out of 14. Baird/Alberts Results: 113 1. Alex Hornfeck, Mars Fall 1:24 2. Tyler Baird, Ellwood City 3. Jacob Ealy, Hopewell 6-2 4. J.R….


Ellwood City Wrestling Falls to Freedom

The Ellwood City wrestling team fell to Freedom 52-30 in a match on Wednesday, Jan. 6. For Ellwood, Carter MacMurdo and Tyler Alberts won matches against opponents. Nine of the 14 matches were decided by forfeit. 106: Zachary Ward (Freedom) over Ellwood (For.) 113: Tyler Baird over Freedom (For.) 120: Carter MacMurdo over Gordon Kalamasz (Freedom) (Fall 1:36) 126: Tyler Alberts over Austin Alberts (Freedom) (Fall 0:46) 132: Jacob Pail (Freedom) over Ellwood (For.) 138: Chase Komara (Freedom) over Ellwood (For.) 145: Michael Muron (Freedom) over Angelo Battaglia (Fall 3:07) 152: Kody Komara (Freedom) over Ellwood (For.) 160: Levi Bonzo…


Weekly Basketball Recap: Ellwood Overcomes 10 Point Deficit For Win Against Beaver

The Ellwood City Wolverines defeated the Beaver Bobcats 61-58 in Tuesday’s home conference game. For most of the game, it didn’t seem Ellwood City would pull through. The Wolverines were left behind as the Bobcasts outscored them 29-19 in the first half. The teams scored an even 16-16 in the third quarter, so Beaver merely had to maintain its lead for the duration of the game. However, the Wolverines counterattacked, closing the gap and pulling ahead 26-13. In the last few seconds, senior Dave DeLoia hit the final field goal, securing the win. Ellwood’s Ricky Roth led the Wolverines with…


Ellwood City Wrestling Takes Second Place at Southside Duals

The Ellwood City Wrestling team took second place at the Southside Duals tournament on Saturday, Jan. 2. Ellwood went 3-2, defeating Ambridge, Highlands and Independence. Ellwood lost to South Fayette and South Side. Junior Tyler Alberts went undefeated in three rounds and won another two by forfeit. Ellwood City 48.00 Ambridge 30.00 106: Robbie Thompson (Ambridge) over Ellwood City (For.) 113: Tyler Baird over Ambridge (For.) 120: Carter MacMurdo over Ambridge (For.) 126: Brigitte Lockhart (Ambridge) over Ellwood City (For.) 132: Tyler Alberts over Laconia Seymour (Ambridge) (Fall 0:00) 138: Donavan Chambers over Salim Rollog (Ambridge) (Fall 0:00) 145: Angelo…


Photos: Riverside Girls Best Ellwood City Girls in Holiday Classic

The Lady Wolverines and Lady Panthers clashed at Lincoln High School in a non-conference rivalry game on Tuesday for the LGKG Holiday Classic. Riverside won 53-42. The two teams had started their seasons in a similar manner at the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament. As before, Riverside emerged victorious, although the rematch proved to be a closer competition. In the original game, Ellwood fell behind in the second half, losing 50-32. Since then, Riverside has gone on to be nigh undefeated, falling only to Neshannock. In the holiday tournament, the Lady Wolverines stayed close in the first and third quarters but…


Weekly Basketball Summary: Riverside Girls Escape Defeat by Two Points

Riverside Girls Narrowly Bests Beaver The Lady Panthers nearly lost their second game this season but refused to be brought down, snatching victory from the Beaver Bobcats 56-54. After trailing behind for the first three quarters, Riverside rallied for a counterattack, going 25-12 in the final quarter. Katie Stang led the Lady Panthers with 23 points. Riverside 14 8 9 25 56 Beaver 20 10 12 12 54   Points FG-A 3FG-A FT-A Off Def Ast Stls TO Blk PF Jordan Annarumo (Sr) 5 2-6 1-5 1 1 2 2 2 Sydney Wolf (So) 10 3-8 1-2 3-5 2 3…


Ellwood City’s Tyler Alberts Takes Third in Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Tournament

Junior Tyler Alberts placed third in the Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Tournament held on Dec. 29 and 30. Alberts won four of his five matches. Eight other Ellwood City wrestling competed in the tournament. Tyler Alberts Alberts over Joey Chapman (West Greene) (Fall 0:48) AlbertsĀ  over Nick Huskey (Ligonier Valley) (Dec 7-0) Gage Nicolella (Mcguffey) over Alberts (Dec 5-1) Alberts over Mason Karpinski (Greenville) (Dec 4-0) Alberts over Austin Mihalchik (Mount Pleasant) (Dec 4-2) Tyler Baird Matthew Hines (Hollidaysburg Area) over Baird (Dec 7-1) Baird over Jake Garrety (Mcguffey) (Dec 3-2) Dajauhn Hertzog (Greensburg Salem) over Baird (MD 14-4) Angelo Battaglia…