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Track: Greensburg Salem's McQuaide raising the bar for competitors

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Greensburg Salem track standout Courtney McQuaide.

2014 0417 GreensburgSalem GTrack(Photo: Greensburg Salem's Courtney McQuaide competes in the pole vault at the Butler Invitational Friday afternoon. She set a meet record with a vault of 11 feet, 10 inches. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Greensburg Salem's Courtney McQuaide was in eighth grade when she decided she wanted to go out for the track team.

The only problem was that her parents didn't want her to.

McQuaide had been a recreational gymnast since she was 2 years old -- and still is to this day -- and mom and dad felt that adding another sport might be too much.

But that didn't dissuade McQuaide, who, much to her parents' chagrin, took it upon herself to sign up for the Golden Lions track team anyway. Soon after, McQuaide was introduced to pole vaulting coach Jeremy Lenzi, who suggested McQuaide try the pole vault because of her strength and background as a gymnast."

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Alumni Update - Sarah Rebitch (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Sarah Rebitch, a Greensburg Salem graduate, won the annual Saint Vincent Invitational at the GlengarryRebitch SVC Golf Links by five strokes with an 84, which helped the Bearcats win the team title of the six competing teams. On Saturday at Westminster, she finished second overall with an 88, six strokes off the lead.


Her performance earned her PAC Women’s Golfer of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Softball: Wagner filling in just fine at Greensburg Salem

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Very few players had bigger shoes to fill this season than Greensburg Salem senior Melissa Wagner. Wagner moved from third place to pitcher this season to replace Marist recruit Jayne Oberdorf. Oberdorf led the Golden Lions to a WPIAL Class AAA championship last season. So far, Wagner is filling in just fine. She has Greensburg Salem ranked No. 2 in Class AAA and unbeaten on the year. Wagner had a very Oberdorf-like game against Derry where she was dominant and near perfect. The senior pitcher fired a one-hitter while striking out 15 in an 8-1 win. Wagner is 5-0 this season and she has shutout Mount Pleasant and Brownsville while holding all other opponents to one run. Wagner struck out ten in a 3-1 win against Uniontown.

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Baseball: East Feature Athlete - Max Ponzurick, Greensburg Salem

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Name: Max Ponzurick
School: Greensburg Salem
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Infielder

Background Info: If you checked out the all-section basketball teams in Sunday's Post-Gazette, you might have noticed that Ponzurick was one of the honorees. But playing basketball isn't Ponzurick's top athletic talent. It's on the baseball field where Ponzurick truly shines and where he will be continuing his career in college.

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Softball: East Feature Athlete - Greensburg Salem's Melissa Wagner

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Melissa Wagner
High School: Greensburg Salem
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball

Background Info: Senior Melissa Wagner is tasked this season with replacing one of the best softball players ever to come out of Greensburg Salem, pitcher Jayne Oberdorf. Oberdorf, a Marist recruit, graduated after last season. Wagner is no stranger to the starting lineup. She was a starting third baseman last season and she is not even a stranger to the pitching circle, she started three games where she went 2-1 including a win over Class AAAA Latrobe. In her first two starts this season, Wagner two-hit her first two opponents while firing 16 strikeouts.