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.
Name: Jason Dambach
High School: Riverside
Background: Riverside is off to a 2-0 start in its first year in Class A, defeating Bishop Canevin and Western Beaver. Quarterback Jason Dambach has been a key part of this, completing 17 of 32 passes for 198 yards in his first year as a full time starter. He showed significant improvement from week 1 (59 yards passing) to week 2 (139) as he adjusts to new receivers – only Marcel Cleckley returns.
WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University softball team begins a new era this year as Richele Hall takes over as the program's head coach. Hall brings a wealth of coaching experience with her to the position, whether it is at the college, high school or traveling team level.
Hall's most recent stop was at South Fayette High School, where she served as an assistant with the Lions from 2012 to 2014. This past spring, South Fayette won the Section 2-AAA title after posting going 13-1 overall and 11-1 in section play. The Green and White qualified for the 2014 WPIAL tournament and won their first-round playoff contest.
Prior to her work at South Fayette, Hall spent the 2011-12 season serving as a full-time assistant at Division I Rhode Island. Before taking her position with the Rams, the newest Yellow Jacket head coach got her career in the dugout started at Seton Hill University, where she served as a graduate assistant with the Griffins from 2008 to 2010. Hall also used her time at SHU to earn her Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Management in 2010.
A longtime Class AA program, the Panthers make the move down to Class A and join the Big Seven Conference this season.
"This is an exciting opportunity for our players," fourth-year coach Tom Liberty said. "We played a heck of a schedule [in Class AA's Midwestern Athletic Conference] the past two years. The Big Seven is still a tough football league, but the playing field will be more fair for our kids."
Riverside will rely on a run-based spread offense led by seniors Marcel Cleckley (5-8, 140, WR/DB), Dalton Hewitt (5-10, 185, RB/OLB) and junior Garrett Bishop (5-10, 225, HB/LB).
Junior Jason Dambach (6-3, 185), who threw for 808 yards and nine touchdowns last season, is back as the Panthers starting quarterback. Shane Reich (6-2, 225, Sr., OT/DE) is expected to play a key role on both sides of the ball.
Drew Karpen profiles Riverside track standout Austin Sheridan.
"High school athletes dream of winning a championship -- whether that happens in a team or individual sport, it is what they compete for.
For Riverside's Austin Sheridan, that dream came to reality May 23 when he hoisted the trophy as the new Class AA PIAA discus champion with a throw of 168 feet, 10 inches.
"Honestly, it is an unbelievable feeling," Sheridan said. "It is not just the medal, it is the whole atmosphere. To finish like that is an unbelievable feeling and to give my coach a hug afterward."
His coach, Chuck Kotuby, knew exactly what his athlete was feeling."