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Girls Basketball: Greensburg Salem turning the corner

Written by Keith Barnes on .

A few days ago Greensburg Salem was a sub-.500 team looking for a bright spot.

Then again, it was only three games into the season. And all it took for the Golden Lions to find their game was to open play in Section 3-AAA.

Greensburg Salem started its quest for the section title Thursday with a 43-39 victory against Laurel Highlands in a game that saw senior guard Claire Oberdorf become the fifth person in her family joining, among others, her mother and her sister Jayne, in the 1,000-point club. The Golden Lions moved over .500 for the second time this season with a non-section win against Riverview on Saturday.

Greensburg Salem will have an opportunity to move two games over .500 for the first time this season with a section win tonight at Yough.

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Wrestling: Greensburg Salem second at North Coast Classic, Southmoreland third

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Greensburg Salem placed second at the 26-team North Coast Classic, held Dec. 12-13 at Independence, Ohio. Brunswick (Ohio) won the title with 667 points. Greensburg Salem placed second with 567 points, and Southmoreland was third with 507

Greensburg Salem had two champions: Chris Eddins and Zach Mattucci. Eddins claimed the 126-pound title with an 11-2 win over Ringgold's Doug Gudenburr. Mattucci won at 160 pounds after an 8-2 win against Padua's Josh Mason in the title match.

The only other champion from the WPIAL as Trinity's Robert West, who recorded a 12-4 major decision against Padua's Josh Mason in the 220-pound final.

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Hockey: Golden Lions struggling after moving up in classification

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Greensburg Salem is finding that things are a bit tougher in Class A than they were a season ago in the Open Division.

 

A playoff team in the developmental league a year ago when they finished 11-9-0, the Golden Lions are 2-6-0 in their first eight games and their 74 goals allowed in that time gives them the highest team goals-against average (9.25) in the classification. It’s one of the major reasons that Greensburg Salem is mired in last place in the Tier 2 Eastern Conference and faces a monumental second-half task of moving up into one of the top two spots to make the playoffs again.

 

Its first opportunity to move up will come Friday at 8:30 p.m.at Center Ice when the Golden Lions take on a suddenly resurgent Franklin Regional (5-4-0) squad that sits in first place in the Tier 2 Eastern Conference.

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Hockey: Greensburg Salem looking to rebound from tough start

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Moving up from the Open Division to Class A has been a rough transition for Greensburg Salem.

A year ago, the Golden Lions were a better-than-.500 team (11-9-0) and played a competitive brand of hockey. But the move up has Greensburg Salem in last place in the Tier 2 Eastern Conference after four games and with a tough task of taking on a Hempfield team tonight that is in first place in Tier 1’s Eastern Conference.

There is, though, hope that a turnaround may be imminent.

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Cross Country: Greensburg Salem's Kwiatowski runs to championship

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Riley Kwiatowski ran to a first-place finish in 19:39.97 at the Tri-State Coaches Association Invitational on Thursday.

Her individual win helped Greensburg Salem to a third-place team finish in Class AA competition on the California University 5k course. She was joined on the medal stand by teammate Mackenzie Tressler. Tressler took third place in a time of 21:25.62.

Rachel Rossi rounded out the top 15 in favor of the Golden Lions.

Meadville took first place (44 points), followed by Uniontown (61 points) and Greensburg Salem (83 points).