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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Riverside's Brooke Barker

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Brooke Barker
High School: Riverside
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball

Background Info: The last two season's Brooke Barker lined up at second base, behind pitcher Kirsten Wilson. She watched as Wilson dominated competition and led the Panthers to the WPIAL Class AA title last season. Wilson was the 2013 Post-Gazette Player of the Year. She was 22-1 as a pitcher and batted .549 at the plate with six home runs while being intentionally walked 27 times. She struck out 271 batters in 150 innings where she allowed six earned runs all season. She tossed six no hitters and 19 of her 22 wins came via shutout. This season at Bloomfield College she has pitched 84 2/3 innings and maintained a 2.02 ERA while driving in 28 runs at the plate and batting .396. Barker is well aware of all of that. She was also well aware that Riverside needed someone to step up and fill those shoes. Barker volunteered. Despite being an all-section performer at second base last season, Barker answered the call to move to pitcher. After never having pitched before, Barker tossed a few games in the summer and in fall ball and in the winter she sought out a pitching coach in Ohio.

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Tennis: West Feature Athlete — Riverside’s Tyler Squicquero

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Name: Tyler Squicquero
School: Riverside
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Squicquero played No. 2 doubles for the Panthers last season, but has moved up to No. 1 singles this season. His only losses have come to Class AA Section 2 singles champion Jonah Cooper of Blackhawk and section runner-up George Dietrich of Central Valley. Squicquero, who finished third in the section singles tournament to advance to the WPIAL championships, beat Dietrich in the team’s dual meet after losing to him in the section singles semifinals.

Riverside coach John Rorick: “He’s improved a lot since last year. He’s a lot stronger and he’s thinking more on the court. He’s using his drop shot more often and his backhand is better.”

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Softball: Despite key losses, Riverside is still a force

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Riverside softball team.

"Riverside, the defending WPIAL Class AA champions, has nearly everybody back this season.

The key word is "nearly." Although the Panthers only graduated two players from a 22-win, PIAA runner-up squad, those two players were one of the top pitcher/catcher battery's in recent WPIAL history.

Pitcher Kirsten Wilson and catcher Nicole Mansfield are now in college, leaving huge voids on the team at positions not easy to fill. Wilson was the 2013 Post-Gazette Player of the Year. She was 22-1 as a pitcher She struck out 271 batters in 150 innings where she allowed six earned runs all season. She tossed six no hitters and 19 of her 22 wins came via shutout.

At the plate, she batted .549 with six home runs while being intentionally walked 27 times. This season at Bloomfield College she has pitched 842/3 innings and maintained a 2.02 ERA while driving in 28 runs at the plate and batting .396."

 

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Alumni Update - Erin Oberg (Washington & Jefferson)

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Erin Oberg was a double winner for the Presidents at Saturday's Carnegie Mellon Quad, earning triumphsOberg WJ in the high jump (4-11) and triple jump (32-02.75). The Riverside graduate also added an eighth-place finish in the long jump (14-05).


Her performance earned her PAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Track: Riverside boys win Warrior Classic

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The Riverside boys track and field team bested Class AAA contenders at the Fourth Annual Warrior Classic last Saturday. The Class AA team pulled in 90 points to place first among 26 teams, including Grove City (77) and South Side Beaver (72).

"It was so cold," Riverside coach Chuck Kotuby said. "Everyone had to runs under the same conditions. Winning the meet against a lot of Class AAA teams means something."

A total of 10 Riverside athletes grabbed 14 places. Austin Sheridan won the discus and placed second in the shot put to earn the title of Most Valuable Male Field Performer.