Swimming: Riverside qualifies all three relays for PIAA championships

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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.


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Riverside's Zach Gould

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Name: Zach Gould
High School: Riverside
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Gould led the Panthers to a big overtime 66-60 win at Neshannock, scoring 34 of the 66 points. He scored six of the 10 points in overtime in scoring his season high. He also scored Riverside's first points of every quarter - he and fellow senior Logan Sheridan each scored eight points in the fourth quarter as Riverside clinched a playoff spot. Gould has been the scoring leader for Riverside all season, averaging about 22 points per game after averaging 20 points a game last year. He followed up his season high with 23 points at Lincoln Park.


Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Riverside's Katie Stang (2015)

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Name: Katie Stang
School: Riverside
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Katie is a two-year starter who saw plenty of playing time as a freshman. Katie is averaging 22.2 points, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. She is one of three captains on the team and is less than 100 points from breaking 1,000 career points with the Panthers. Katie is a member of the Riverside Student Council and the National Honor Society.


Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - Riverside vs. Hopewell The Pittsburgh Classic (Jan. 17)

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Riverside and Hopewell are paired up in the Pittsburgh Classic Girls Basketball Tournament held at Ambridge High School, Saturday, January 17, 2015.

This proved to be a well matched contest, the game tied or within reach throughout, ending in overtime with Riverside the victor 71-68 over Hopewell.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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