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VIDEOS: Candlelight Vigil & Memorial Highlight Honors Former Ellwood City Football Player

Past and present teammates from Bradley Grinnen’s football days carried his jersey through Helling Stadium in Ellwood City on Wednesday night. It’s the field the 21-year-old played on during high school. Visitation was held on Wednesday at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with a mass of Christian burial held Thursday morning in the Holy Redeemer Church.  Memorial contributions in Bradley’s name may be made to his parents and will be used to establish a scholarship in his name. Waynesburg University Sports Network published the following highlight/memorial video on its Twitter feed earlier this week.  The student run production at Waynesburg University is…


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PHOTOS: Lady Panthers Clinch Playoff Berth With Victory

The Riverside Lady Panthers knocked off rival Ellwood City 55-31 to wrap up a season sweep of the Wolverines and also clinch a playoff birth in the WPIAL Class 3A Playoffs Thursday night. The Panthers (14-3 overall, 7-2 section) rebounded from a sluggish first quarter and used two 18-point quarters in the second half to pull away from the host Wolverines. Riverside has four players reach double figures in scoring, including a game-high 17 points from Sydney Wolf.  Sisters Lauren (13 points) and Bekeh Bettencourt (12 points) along with Shayla Bentel (10 points) rounded out the balanced scoring attack for…


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PHOTOS: Encore Performance Puts Panthers Past Wolverines

Everyone likes a good encore. But for Panthers and Wolverines players and fans, this Rivalry 2.0 game was too much like the original. Once again, the Panthers overcame a slow start, a first quarter deficit, and early Wolverine momentum to mount another sound defeat of Ellwood City 60-48 Friday night a Section 1-3A showdown. Much like their first matchup earlier this month, Ellwood City jumped out to an early 12-4 lead and sank five early 3-pointers to keep pace with the Panthers who slowly recovered and crept to a 29-25 halftime lead. Riverside (11-6 overall, 5-2 section) used its balance scoring attack…


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PHOTOS: Lady Panthers Pull Away In Rivalry Victory Over Wolverines

Entering Monday Night’s rivalry 2.0 game for both Riverside and Ellwood City, the records may have led some to believe Riverside would have an easy time with the Lady Wolverines.  But as with any rivalry game, you can throw the records out as Ellwood City (3-7 overall) paced the Panthers (8-2 overall) for the first three frames of action until Riverside used a strong 4th quarter performance at the free throw line to pull away to a 46-37 section victory. Freshman Marley Wolf collected a game-high 14 points, including all eight of her free throw attempts in the final quarter, to…


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PHOTOS: Five Ellwood Wrestlers Victorious At MAC Championships

Five Wolverine wrestlers were victorious in their final matches at the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament, which was held January 6-7 at Hopewell High School. In championship matches, at the 132 pound weight class – Ellwood City’s Tyler Alberts collected a major decision and victory over Jake Pail, Freedom, 8-0. In third-place consolation matches, at 120-pound weight class – Tyler Baird was victorious by decision over Nick Reconnu, Montour, 5-1.  In the 145 weight class – Austin Walley, Ellwood City used a major decision to beat Austin Dohl, Quaker Valley, 17-3. In fifth-place consolation matches, Wolverine Jake Alberts was victorious by injury default…


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PHOTOS: Balanced Panthers Attack Leads To Rivalry Victory

The Riverside Panthers used a balance scoring attack Friday night in their 66-51 rivalry victory over Ellwood City. Riverside was led by three players in double digits including Justin Baust who finished with a game-high 15 points.  Baust was joined in double figures by Gunnar Boehm (14 points) and Jesse Fornataro (11 points). Ellwood City used home court momentum early and jumped out to a 7-0 lead minutes into the contest, but the Panthers collected themselves and used their balance scoring attack to overcome the deficit and pull away by halftime.  The Panthers led 17-12 after one quarter and 38-22 at…




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HOMECOMING: Panthers Secure Playoff Spot With Friday Night Victory

For the Riverside Panthers, Friday night’s 28-26 victory over North Catholic was twice as nice as it secured second place in the Midwestern Athletic Conference and a home WPIAL Class 2A playoff berth as well as cemented a tone of revenge for last year’s blowout loss to the Trojans. The Panthers (5-2 overall, 5-1 conference) used the big play – 95-yard kick off return by LeMarcus Cleckley – as well as a clutch play – a 19-yard fourth-down pass from Ben Hughes to Austin Dambach – to stay in front of the visiting Trojans. The game came down to a…