Greensburg Salem 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

In two seasons with Dave Keefer at the helm, the Golden Lions have a combined 6-13 mark. Keefer enters his third season with hopes of getting the Golden Lions back to the WPIAL playoffs after a three-year drought.

The Golden Lions had a 2-6 record in the Greater Allegheny Conference and finished with a 3-6 overall record last season. Improving on that record will be a challenge, as the team was hit hard by graduation losses.

"The Greater Allegheny Conference is as good as you get," Keefer said. "And it's even stronger with Armstrong coming in. Every team has a chance to win games. There are no easy games. If you don't show up ready to play, you're not going to get any slack from your opponent."

A trio of two-way starters head up the Golden Lions' short list of returning starters: Connor Forkey (5-8, 175, Sr., RB-FS), Sean Dean (5-10, 200, Sr., FB-LB) and Derek Berberick (6-0, 255, Sr., C-DL). Forkey rushed for 575 yards on 114 carries last season. Dean rushed for 107 yards on 32 carries.


Alumni Update - Rachel Roddy (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for the Class of 2015, which are Randy Smith (Men's Basketball, 1989-93) and Rachel Roddy (Volleyball, 2007-10).

Roddy, from Greensburg, Pa., and Greensburg Salem High School, was the backbone of Point Park volleyball from 2007-10 and led the ushering in of the current state of the Pioneers program. An AVCA-NAIA All-Northeast Region player, Roddy had career totals of 1,628 kills and 1,668 digs to join a rare category of collegiate volleyball players surpassing 1,000 in both categories. In the classroom, she had a 3.92 GPA as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.



2015 East Female Athlete of the Year - Greensburg Salem's Claire Oberdorf

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Keith Barnes profiles the East Xtra Female Athlete of the Year, Greensburg Salem's Claire Oberdorf.

"Claire Oberdorf had to sit on the sideline for most of her junior year as she recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament she incurred while playing AAU basketball in the summer of 2013.

"I was just driving down the lane and I just tried to jump-stop in front of a big girl," Oberdorf said. "The next thing I knew I was on the ground."

What came next was surgery and an intensive rehabilitation stint that got this Greensburg Salem standout ready to play both basketball and softball for the Golden Lions that year.

"Honestly, I thought that it wasn't as bad as I expected," Oberdorf said. "My surgeon and my physical therapist both pushed me to get better as soon as I could and, honestly, the recovery wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.""



Alumni Update - Courtney McQuaide (Slippery Rock)

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Slippery Rock’s Courtney McQuaide won the pole vault at the SRU open last week, as well as posted a NCAA provisional mark.McQuaide SRU


The freshman's clearance of 12' 4" (3.76m) is the best in the PSAC during the outdoor season and is tied for fourth in Division II.


McQuaide defeated PSAC indoor champion and teammate Kaitlyn Clark at the meet; Clark and McQuaide are the only pole vaulters in the PSAC with clearances better than 11' 6".

The Greensburg Salem graduate earned PSAC West Field Athlete of the Week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Alumni Update - Melissa Wagner (Pitt-Johnstown)

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After suffering a 7-0 loss to the University of Charleston (WV) in the first game in school history, the University of Findlay (OH) dealt the Pitt-Wagner PJUJohnstown softball team a 7-3 setback in Sunday's second game in Clermont, FL.  

Melissa Wagner, a Greensburg Salem graduate, had a two-RBI single for Pitt-Johnstown.


)photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)