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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Riverside's Vince Loccisano

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Name: Vince Loccisano
High School: Riverside
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Riverside still holds the distinction of having won more PIAA titles than any other team and could be a threat for another thanks to strong, deep pitching. The Panthers took a step towards showing that as senior left-hander Vince Loccisano threw a perfect game in the season's first game, striking out nine in a six-inning 10-0 win over Western Beaver, a PIAA playoff participant just a few short years ago. Loccisano went to a three-ball count on only one batter. The Panthers play on Dan Oliastro Field, named after the head coach who has been coaching 48 years, but Loccisano gave Oliastro a new experience.

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Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Riverside’s Erica King

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Name: Erica King
High School: Riverside
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background: Erica King has spent the past two-plus seasons as establishing herself as one of the top distance freestylers in the WPIAL. She shined in her top event at the MAC meet this year, the 200-yard freestyle. Competing with a big target on her back as the top seed by nearly six seconds, King lived up to the hype. The Riverside junior won the event by more than six seconds. She bested her seed time of 1:56.72 with a 1:56.29 to win the event and set a Moon Area pool record for high school events. Her time was faster than that swam by Taylor Petrak of Ellwood City at MACs in 2015 (1:57.60). The time was also six-plus seconds ahead of Blackhawk sophomore Marcella Puglia (2:02.88).

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Alumni Update - Aaron Tedys (Geneva)

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Beaver Falls, Pa. The Geneva men’s and women’s track and field team competed this week at the Tiff Dragon Invitational at TiffinTedys Geneva University on Saturday, February 13.

The track and field teams have broken school records in the past three meets; this meet would be no exception for them.

Sophomore sprinter Aaron Tedys, a Riverside graduate, continues impress on the track by running to a second place finish in the 400 meter race in 50.17 seconds.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Football: Riverside looks back to the future

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Drew Karpen profiles new Riverside football coach Ron Sciarro.

"It isn't the most conventional game plan, but for the Riverside football program, it decided to go back in time to move forward.

Last month, athletic director John Wolf completed the search for a new football coach and came to the conclusion that Ron Sciarro was their guy ... again.

"It is a very unique situation," Wolf said. "We are aware of his success here in the past but more importantly, through the interview process we felt like he was the best choice to teach these young men and help them on and off the field."

Sciarro first started his tenure with the Panthers in 1977. Sciarro served as an assistant coach from then until 1986 when he was promoted to the Panthers head coach."

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Alumni Update - Brent Mulneix (Geneva)

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LATROBE, Pa. - Geneva fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter at St. Vincent Saturday afternoon and battled back to tie the game twice in theMulneix Geneva second half (20-20 and 27-27) but fell short of the win, falling 34-27 on Chuck Noll Field.


Defensively, Geneva was led by freshman Brent Mulneix, a Riverside graduate, with eight tackles, including one for a loss.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)