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Football: Riverside savors a playoff win

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Riverside football team.

"Making the WPIAL playoffs was a big deal this season for Riverside's football team.

Actually getting to Beth-Center last Friday night for a first-round game in Washington County was even a bigger ordeal for the Panthers.

"It took us two hours and 15 minutes," Riverside coach Tom Liberty said. "We got lost on our way down and got off the bus five minutes before the game. It was cold and rainy, and our locker room had no heat."

Those pre-game distractions, however, seemed to disappear come game time."

 

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Football: West Feature Athlete - Riverside's Ricky Wass

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Name: Ricky Wass
High School: Riverside
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver

Background: Ricky Wass caught nine passes for 109 yards and a TD in Riverside's 52-14 playoff clinching win over Vincentian Academy. With that performance, he broke a 17-year-old school record for the number of receptions. He now has 40 catches for 522 yards. The sophomore has developed into a top receiver just as Riverside's offense has developed into one of the top passing offenses in the WPIAL – the Panthers now average over 200 yards passing per game.

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Girls Soccer: Injury-riddled Riverside battling to remain in playoff contention

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Riverside girls soccer team.

"The players and coaches have seen it happen in Section 1-A before.

A team with little to no postseason history, gets hot at the right time and makes an unexpected run.

Mohawk, a No. 14 seed, did it in 2012, pulling off two consecutive upsets to reach the WPIAL Class A semifinals. New Brighton, a No. 11 seed with no postseason appearances or wins in school history, did it in 2013, winning two playoff games to reach the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

Now Riverside, the newest member of Section 1-A, is wondering: "Why not us?""

 

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Girls Soccer: Riverside finds itself in playoff positioning

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Back-to-back shutout wins in Section 1-A has Riverside in playoff positioning early in the season. After a non-section 2-1 win at Vincentian Academy to open the season, Riverside opened section play with a 2-1 win against Freedom in which Jordyn Osselborn netted the game-winner in the second overtime. After a 2-0 setback at defending section champion Neshannock, Riverside bounced back to shutout South Side Beaver 4-0 and then went on the road to shutout Quigley Catholic 3-0. Through eight section games Riverside is right in the playoff hunt. It is 5-3-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Section 1-A to place the team fourth currently behind Mohawk (7-0-1), Neshannock (5-0-2) and New Brighton (4-2-1) with Freedom (4-4) not far behind. Riverside is attempting to end a playoff drought that is over a decade.

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Football: West Feature Athlete - Jason Dambach, Riverside

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Name: Jason Dambach
High School: Riverside
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Riverside is off to a 2-0 start in its first year in Class A, defeating Bishop Canevin and Western Beaver. Quarterback Jason Dambach has been a key part of this, completing 17 of 32 passes for 198 yards in his first year as a full time starter. He showed significant improvement from week 1 (59 yards passing) to week 2 (139) as he adjusts to new receivers – only Marcel Cleckley returns.