Football: Riverside pitch-catch combo looking to next season

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With one of the premier baseball programs in the state, Riverside is no stranger to pitcher-catcher combos, but the football team redefined the terms this season. Junior quarterback Jason Dambach finished the season with 2,341 yards passing and sophomore wide receiver Ricky Wass had 52 catches.

Both finished the season strong as Dambach passed for 252 yards in a season-ending 31-14 loss to Avonworth, while Wass had seven receptions. Dambach finished the season with seven 200-yard passing performances in the last nine games and had over 180 in the other two so he will enter off-season workouts on a roll.


Football: Riverside savors a playoff win

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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."



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.


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

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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?""



Girls Soccer: Riverside finds itself in playoff positioning

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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.