Riverside 2014 Football Preview

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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.


Track: Riverside's Sheridan shows off his mettle at PIAA championships

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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."



Track: Riverside boys claim 1,600 relay title

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The Riverside boys 1,600-meter relay team won the WPIAL Class AA title last week at Baldwin High School.

The team of Matt Tedys, Marcel Cleckley, Zak Gold and Aaron Tedys crossed the line in 3:25.66 to take gold and better their second-place finish from last year.

They will move onto the Class AA PIAA championships, which will take place at Shippensburg University on May 23-24.

This will be one of their last opportunities to run as a complete relay team. Riverside will have to replace seniors Aaron and Matt Tedys.


Softball: Riverside still producing postseason results

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Riverside has the look of an entirely different team this season despite losing only two starters. Those two starters just happened to be two of the best players in the WPIAL. Senior pitcher Kirsten Wilson and catcher Nicole Mansfield, the catalysts behind a perfect regular season last year, a WPIAL title and a trip to the PIAA finals, have graduated. But this Riverside team still finds itself in a familiar position, the WPIAL quarterfinals for a third consecutive year.

Riverside advanced beyond the first round yet again thanks to a gutsy defensive performance anchored by senior pitcher Brooke Barker. While Wilson was the WPIAL strikeout leader last year, Barker pitches to contact and never was that more evident than on Tuesday against No. 11 Chartiers-Houston (10-7). Barker allowed four hits but she induced the Buccaneers into three double plays that her defense turned behind her as No. 6 Riverside (11-2) survived 4-2.

Riverside will continue defense of its WPIAL title when it meets No. 3 Seton-LaSalle (11-2) on Monday. The Rebels were 3-2 winners against South Allegheny.


Track: Riverside's Sheridan breaks discus record

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Riverside's Austin Sheridan set a meet record at the Pine-Richland Invitational on Saturday.

The senior threw a distance of 160 feet, 3 inches in the discus to claim first place and the meet record. The former record was 157-6. The throw also earned him the first spot on Jim Faiella's WPIAL Class AA Honor Roll list.

Sheridan also placed fifth in the shot put to earn the No. 3 slot on the Honor Roll with a distance of 47-0.

Shane Reich placed third in the javelin, while Lance Fischer took fourth in the high jump.