Boys Tennis: Riverside’s Squicquero takes second

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Tyler Squicquero didn’t quite have the day he wanted in the Section 2-AA singles championships.


On the plus side, the Riverside junior advanced to the championship match and clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AA tournament for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately, he could not get past Blackhawk senior Jonah Cooper, who won his second consecutive title with a relatively easy, 6-1, 6-1, straight-sets victory.  


For Squicquero, just making it into the WPIAL singles tournament for the second consecutive year is a major accomplishment. He’s not one of the local tennis elite and is not ranked in the top-50 in his graduating class in the state, but he was still able to get past junior Jon Tetrick, who finished fourth in the section last year after losing a consolation match to Squicquero.


Track: Riverside boys look for more than section title this season

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The 10-time defending Section 1-AA champ, Riverside, finished as the WPIAL Class AA runner-up last year.

This season the Panthers look to take the next step as 10 seniors return.

The seniors are Joe Rubcic, Marcel Cleckley, Spencer Gibbons, Brandon Kemp, Sean Hatchett, Brody McKenna, Zach Gould, Logan Sheridan, Dalton Hewitt and Shane Reich.


Baseball: Riverside off to another hot start

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Riverside has won more PIAA baseball titles than any other team and the Panthers are off to another hot start this season. One of the few teams able to get in three games this season – playing two of them at Butler's Pullman Park, Riverside has won all three – by a combined score of 29-3.

Making it even more discouraging for opponents, all four pitchers the Panthers have used are underclassmen – sophomores Christian Cicchinelli and Adam Jeannette and juniors Mike Boswell and Vince Loccisano.

Sophomore Dylan Speicher has been the catalyst for the offense with six hits and five runs scored over the first three games. The Panthers have only three seniors and four juniors on the roster so Riverside's fast start wouldn't necessarily have been predicted but, given the past success isn't totally a surprise either.

The Panthers have another week until their Section 5-AA season starts – on April 7 at Shenango's Chuck Tanner Field.



Swimming: Riverside qualifies all three relays for PIAA championships

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Riverside is bringing a diversified portfolio of competitors with it to Bucknell University next week for the state championships. The PIAA Class AA event will be held March 11-12. Riverside is bringing all three relays, a rare feat, along with an individual swimming qualifier and a diver. The Panthers have been one of the big success stories in the WPIAL this season. The climbed as high as seventh in the WPIAL Class AA team standings and now they have one of the largest contingent of swimmers at states from Western Pennsylvania.

The contingent of Riverside swimmers is led by sophomore Erica King. She swam all three relays and only one individual event, making a sacrifice for her team to help get more girls out to states. She led off the 200 medley relay that also included sophomore Alana Nulph, junior Kelly Krechowski and senior Raena Valli. That relay finished fifth at WPIALs and is seeded 17th at states. King also led off the 200 freestyle relay with the same foursome that finished third. The 200 freestyle relay is seeded 12th at states. King also led off the 400 freestyle relay that took fourth with Valli, Krechowski and senior Carly Rosendale. The Riverside 400 freestyle relay is seeded 14th. Individually King took fourth in the 100 backstroke at WPIALs and is seeded 15th at states.


Swimming: After cracking top five last year, Riverside looking for more at MACs

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The Riverside girls made a significant splash last season at the MAC Swimming and Diving Championships, climbing to fifth place with 253 points and finishing just 21 points out of third place. With two returning individual champions back, a high-caliber diver and an entire relay back that captured MAC gold last season, the Panthers have the firepower to compete with anyone of the 17 teams in the meet.

Junior diver Brittany Hart took third place in diving last season. Hart along with Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry, Blackhawk senior Elizabeth Bigley, Quaker Valley sophomore Reilly Diggins and West Allegheny junior Megan Wurst are the top contenders in diving.

Riverside's relays will have a major impact. Last year the 200 medley took fifth, the 200 freestyle relay took fourth and the 400 freestyle won the event. The 400 freestyle should be one of the strongest at the. Erica King, Raena Valli, Carly Rosendale and Kelly Krechowski won it last season and all four return. Riverside boasts two defending champions, King in the 200 freestyle and Krechowski in the 100 freestyle.