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Football: Is Riverside ready to bounce back?

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Riverside entered the season optimistic, after bouncing back from a one-win season to the second round of the playoffs. Starting with two wins, it looked like the optimism was well-founded but the Panthers have now lost three straight and currently sit outside the playoffs.

Friday, the Panthers host Union - the team right ahead of them – so it's about as big a game as has been played at Memorial Stadium in a while.

The drastic change, though, hasn't been any mystery. The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Jason Dambach, who has already thrown for over 1,400 yards and 15 TDs. The difference has been injuries to the running back corps that has left defenses to concentrate only on Dambach.

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Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete – Riverside’s Sierra Beighey

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Name: Sierra Beighey

School: Riverside

Grade: 12

Sport: Tennis

 

Background: Teamed with fellow senior Kaitlyn Marweg to finish fourth in the Section 2-AA doubles tournament and earned a spot in the WPIAL tournament, which is slated to openTuesdayat Norwin. Played in the Section 2 singles tournament and lost to eventual WPIAL champion Anne Taylor, 10-2, in the quarterfinals.

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Football: Riverside's Dambach quietly among the best

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Drew Karpen profiles Riverside football player Jason Dambach.

"The smaller the school or organization, the harder it is to get noticed. That is the predicament that Jason Dambach found himself in.

Dambach is a senior quarterback at Riverside competing in the Class A Big Seven Conference. But he isn't just any quarterback ... Dambach is one of the top returning quarterbacks in the WPIAL and has cemented his name on the top peg of the Riverside record books.

Entering the season, Dambach had more than 3,000 career passing yards, which is the school record. He also currently holds the school record with career touchdown passes and passing touchdowns in a season with 18 last year.

"He is an all-around good person," Riverside coach Tom Liberty said. "He is very coachable. He is all work ethic and wanted to be the best quarterback he can be since his sophomore year. He has matured and gotten better since his sophomore year."

 

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Riverside 2015 Football Preview

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Under fifth-year coach Tom Liberty, Riverside turned the corner last year, making the playoffs for the first time. Coming off a 1-8 season, the Panthers finished 6-5 and made a trip to the Class A quarterfinals before losing to Avonworth.

The Panthers made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of the Big Seven Conference.

"The kids know the hard work and struggles to get to where we got," Liberty said. "I told them to remember how we felt a year ago when we lost to Avonworth. That is what drives me and the kids. It is a great group of kids."

Leading the way this season is Jason Dambach (6-3, 190, Sr., QB), who was recently invited to compete in a Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.