Baseball: As usual, Riverside in playoff mode

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Riverside baseball team.

"It was just a matter of time before Dan Oliastro started witnessing some positive production from his Riverside varsity baseball team.

After graduating seven starters from last year, the longtime coach of the Panthers entered his 46th season at Riverside with a lot of optimism despite fielding a much younger team this season.

"We started out this year with a pretty inexperienced team, but this group has gotten better as the season has progressed," said Oliastro, who came into this year with 553 career coaching wins. "We're starting to play well now.

"Pretty much everything started to click. We've had some good pitching and timely hitting.""



Tennis: Riverside pair going to WPIALs

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Riverside’s Tyler Squicquero and Jack Leas will be playing in next week’s WPIAL Class AA tournament.

The Panthers’ pair rallied to beat Central Valley’s George Dietrich and Max Servick, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Class AA Section 2 consolation final to grab the last qualifying spot from the conference.

Squicquero and Leas, both sophomores, were seeded second and defeated Neshannock’s Logan Nawrocki and Chris Clark, 10-3, in the quarterfinals before losing to Beaver’s Jon Tetrick and Devin Dikec in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-3.

Squicquero will be playing in his second WPIAL tournament this season. He qualified for the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament earlier this month after taking third in the section singles tournament. 


Alumni Update - Tyler Falk (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Tyler Falk, a Riverside graduate, continued his hot hitting going 3-for-6 with fourfalk Clarion RBIs and a run scored to help Clarion split a PSAC West doubleheader at California (Pa.) Saturday afternoon.


At CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pa., Falk went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs in a 6-4 Game One victory before going 1-for-3 with two more RBIs in a 12-5 loss in the nightcap, a game that saw Cal rally from a 5-2 deficit with a 10-spot in the bottom of the sixth.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Baseball: Riverside rolling again

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After losing two straight games on April 11 and 12, Riverside has regained its footing and taken control of second place and, again, it was games on consecutive days that made the difference. The Panthers, who have won more PIAA titles than any other school, defeated Beaver, which reached the state title game last year, by a 12-4 score on Wednesday, and then dispatched arch-rival Ellwood City 1ith surprising ease, 10-0, on Thursday.

In the wins, Riverside scored 22 runs on 16 hits as the Panthers took advantage of nine errors. Riverside shortstop Ross Maietta had a two-run home run against Ellwood City and two hits against Beaver. Jason Pettner was the winning pitcher against Ellwood City and had two hits against Beaver.

Now 7-3 overall, the Panthers have six games remaining and only one against a team currently with a winning record.


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.