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Back-to-back: Riverside defends WPIAL throne, collects 3A Championship

Last year, it took nine innings and only one run to give the Riverside Panthers the Class AA crown with a 1-0 win over Neshannock. In 2017, it was a new class and opponent but the end result was still the same as the Panthers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Mount Pleasant Vikings at Wild Things Park to take the 3A baseball trophy back to North Sewickley Township. It is the fifth WPIAL title for Dan Oliastro’s team, he has racked up four state titles as well in an amazing 49 year career. Christian Cicchinelli was the winning…


WPIAL Class 3A Baseball Championship Game Preview

The game: WPIAL Class 3A championship The teams: Riverside vs. Mount Pleasant Where and when: Wild Things Park, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Probable starting pitchers: Christian Cicchinelli for Riverside; Jason Beranek for Mt. Pleasant Riverside Panthers Record: 17-1 Seed: 1 Section finish: Section 2 champion WPIAL championships: 4 (1996, 2006, 2011, 2016) Last championship appearance: 2016 Coach: Dan Oliastro How they got here: (First round) Bye; (Quarterfinals) Burrell, 4-0; (Semifinals) Brownsville, 5-4. What you should know: Riverside, with more PIAA titles than any other team, has only trailed three times this season and enters the game on a 16-game winning streak….


Panthers Overcome Early Deficit, Advance To A Consecutive WPIAL Championship Game

For the first time since 2015, the Riverside Panthers allowed a run in the WPIAL playoffs and had to claw its way back to clinch a spot in the 3A Championship game against a Brownsville Falcons squad that gave them all they can handle in a 5-4 victory. Brownsville showed no signs of fear against a Riverside pitching staff that boasted a 0.86 ERA throughout the season, bringing eight batters to the plate in the top of the first, to take an early 4-0 lead. The Falcons loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit by pitch by the…


Lady Wolverines Advance To WPIAL Championship

The Wolverines remain undefeated on the season and now have run their winning streak to 38 against WPIAL teams. Ellwood City will make a second straight trip to the title game and also has qualified for the state playoffs after its 3-1 victory over #4 Southmoreland (11-7 overall) Tuesday afternoon. Ellwood City took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ariana Garroway scored on a Olivia Porter error. Southmoreland coach Todd Bunner claimed interference on Zoe Kalantzis as she advanced from second to third and possibly hindered Porter’s ability to field the grounder. Staked to the 1-0 lead, pitcher Skyla…


WPIAL Baseball: Wolverines Upset Steel Valley, Panthers Pitch Another Shutout

Ellwood City Wolverines upset the number two seed, the Steel Valley Ironmen 7-2 in WPIAL quarterfinal baseball 3A action Monday afternoon at Burkett Complex in Robinson Township. The Wolverines would score 4 runs in the first inning as Steel Valley Starter Tanner Cannon struggled. He walked two and hit a batter and gave up 4 straight singles. Tyler Good had a big RBI single in the first. They would tag on a run in the 4th to make it 5-0 with 2 singles and a sacrifice. Anthony Roth would get the RBI single. Steel Valley chipped away with solo runs…


Game Site Information for Softball Playoffs at West Allegheny

May 23rd – South Side Beaver vs. Chartiers Houston – 4pm Ellwood City vs. Southmoreland – 6pm Congratulations to those schools advancing their playoff experience in WPIAL softball. Above is listed the dates, times and location for your semi-final game. Please refer to the brackets from the WPIAL website to confirm the information listed and to look to the next round for those teams advancing.   http://www.wpial.org/1617sftresults.asp West Allegheny is located at 205 West Allegheny Rd., Imperial, PA 15126 for those needing an address for GPS. Parking will be available at various locations on our campus. Please park in designated areas…


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…