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WPIAL Track Championship Qualifiers

Several local athletes qualified for states during the Track WPIAL Championships yesterday held at Baldwin High School. Riverside Qualifiers: Lance Fisher is the best in the WPIAL Class 2A in both discus and shot put. Calvin Wetzel took first in Boys 300 Meter Hurdles AA. Jeremy Spicher took fourth in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles AA. Max McHale took eighth in Boys Pole Vault AA. Jesse Fornataro took seventh in Boys Triple Jump AA. Elsa Antal took second place in the 100 hurdles. Sydney Wolf took second in the Girls 800 Meter Run AA. Elizabeth Scherer took seventh in Girls…


Wolverine Softball/Baseball Teams Both Advance In WPIAL Playoffs

The defending WPIAL champion Ellwood City Wolverines softball team received an opening round scare Wednesday afternoon, but twice were able to erase multiple-run deficits to finally oust the pesky 8-seeded Burrell Bucs 6-5 in the WPIAL Class 3A softball quarterfinals Wednesday at North Allegheny. Burrell (8-8 overall) took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, backed by pitcher Brittany Dunn, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the Lady Wolverines used a walk and a couple errors in their half of the inning to knot the game at two. Burrell then pounced for three more runs and led 5-2 in the sixth…


WPIAL Playoffs Are Set: Defending Champs Rule Supreme

After the conclusion of stellar regular seasons for two local sporting clubs, the WPIAL announced its Championship Brackets with no surprises to those who follow the programs – Ellwood City Wolverines softball (15-0 overall) and Riverside Panthers baseball (15-1 overall) teams received top seeds and byes in their respective Class-3A Championship brackets. For the Wolverines, they will see their first action on Wednesday, May 17th and will face the winner of the 8/9 matchup – #8 Burrell Buccaneers (7-7) will first play #9 McGuffey Highlanders (7-11) at North Allegheny High School on Monday, May 15th at 5:00pm. Senior pitcher Skyla…


Former Panther Standout Named GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year

Tiffin University right-hander Michael Boswell finished his rookie campaign with five wins in 11 appearances, helping the Dragons post their best winning percentage in program history. For his efforts, Boswell was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman Pitcher of the Year, the first time a Tiffin player has ever taken the award. Boswell finished second on the team in innings and wins, and averaged 8.02 strikeouts per nine innings. Michael surrendered only 14 bases on balls in 46 innings pitched, and averaged the second most innings pitched per appearances. Boswell’s five wins are tied for second most in…


Riverside Track Wins WPIAL Championship

The Riverside track team doesn’t show any signs of slowing down – literally. The Riverside Boys Track and Field Team defeated three other finalists to become the winners of the WPIAL Team Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Monday.  The victory is the fourth boys WPIAL team crown since 2007 Riverside picked up the title with wins against Derry Area, Shenango and Freeport.  Shenango beat out Derry for second-place due to an overall points tiebreaker. The Panthers had a couple of key victories in the field events, including Lance Fisher winning the shot put and discus.  Sophomore Calvin…


EC Adult Basketball League Regular Season Finale Recap

There was no shortage of action and a healthy dose of competitive hoops in the Ellwood City Adult Basketball League’s regular season finale Sunday at the Family Center. Channeling their inner Macho Man, Big Fun had their elbows ready for their long awaited rematch against Turncoats. The defending league champions had Sunday on their calendars circled since March 5th when Turncoats handed them their first loss. Turncoats moseyed on into the Family Center with an outstanding league best 16-1 record.  The rematch was set. Tensions were high. The drama was thick. Big Fun yearned like Cosmo Kramer for the season split. Turncoats had…


PHOTOS: Rinker Throws Shutout as Ellwood City Wolverines Defeats South Side

Noah Rinker didn’t allow a single run as Ellwood City Wolverines defeated South Side 4-0 on Thursday. Rinker allowed just one hit and induced a fly out from Rob Heberle to end the game. Ellwood City Wolverines grabbed an early lead. Ellwood City Wolverines took the lead on a single in the first inning. Ellwood City Wolverines took an early lead in the first inning. With two outs in the first inning Mitch Fraser drove in one run when he singled. One bright spot for South Side was a single by Nate Statler in the first inning. Noah Rinker earned…


PHOTOS: Greco Throws No-No for Lady Wolverines on Senior Night

Skyla Greco didn’t allow a single hit as Wolverines defeated Steel Valley 5-0 on Tuesday. To get the final out Greco struck out Veronica Sikora pushing her game total to 14 strikeouts against three walks in the contest. Wolverines took an early lead in the second inning. A wild pitch by Samantha Arthrell scored one run for Wolverines.  For the game, the Wolverines ran rampid on the base paths as Anna Ferrucci, Ariana Garroway, Natalia Greco, and Reagan Mittler all collected stolen bases. Wolverines scored three runs in the fourth inning. Wolverines’s big inning was driven by a error, a…


Jeannette Throws Shutout as Riverside Panthers Varsity Defeats Lincoln

Adam Jeannette didn’t allow a single run as Riverside Panthers Varsity defeated Lincoln 10-0 on Wednesday. Jeannette allowed just two hits and struck out Roth to end the game. An early lead helped propel Riverside Panthers Varsity to victory. Riverside Panthers Varsity scored on a walk by Austin Dambach, a single by Gunnar Boehm, and a grand slam by Danny Fox in the first inning. Riverside Panthers Varsity captured the lead in the first inning. Dambach drove in a run when he walked with the bases loaded. A single by Rinker in the fifth inning was a positive for Lincoln….


Softball, Baseball Last Night Game Recaps

  Ellwood City Wolverines Can’t Hold Up Against Avonworth Ellwood City Wolverines had trouble keeping up with Avonworth in a 7-3 loss on Tuesday. Avonworth captured the lead in the first inning. Brandon Cerminara drove in a run when he walked with the bases loaded. Avonworth took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth there was an error, scoring one run, there was an error, scoring one run, and Jacob Gustic singled off of Max Keally, driving in one run. Ryan Felter earned the win for Avonworth. He threw three innings, allowing three…