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)


Hockey: Golden Lions looking to close out season on winning note

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It hasn’t been an easy season for Greensburg Salem.


Not only are the Golden Lions mired in last place in the Class A Tier 2 Eastern Conference, they have no upward mobility and have no chance to play spoiler in their final four games of the regular season.


One thing Greensburg Salem (4-14-0) can do, however, is salvage a bit of self-respect. The Golden Lions play a home-and-home series with Wheeling Park (2-15-1), the last place team in the Tier 2 Western Conference, beginning tonight at 9:15at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.


Despite its record, Greensburg Salem has been one of the better offensive teams in the classification, having run and gunned with several teams and are eighth among Class A teams with 91 goals. The problem has been keeping the puck out of its own net as the Golden Lions have allowed 139, the fourth-worst total among teams in the classification.


All-Star senior forward Vincent DeFazio leads the team in almost every offensive category with 22 goals, 39 points and a 2.17 points-per-game average.


Alumni Update - Cassidy Shepherd (Westminster)

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Cassidy Shepherd finished second out of 44 total vaulters at Saturday's SPIRE Midwest Open, posting a season-best mark of 12 feet,Shepherd Westminster 3.50 inches (3.75 meters).


She is currently tied for the fifth-best jump of the NCAA Division III indoor season.

The Greensburg Salem graduate earned PAC Field Athlete of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)