Track: Greensburg Salem teams fare well at invitational

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Greensburg Salem had a strong showing at the 94th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Invitational. The girls team grabbed third place, while the boys finished fourth.

Julia Howard was a driving force for Greensburg Salem as she broke the meet record in the triple jump, won the long jump, placed fourth in the high jump and helped her team to a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter relay. The senior jumped 38 feet, 8 inches for the triple jump record and the honor of being named the MVP for field events.

Riley Kwiatkowski won the girls 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 15.28 seconds. Hope Creamer took second in the 100, crossing the line in 13:08. Malia Anderson grabbed second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.30.

Lawson Monta set a meet record of 60-9 in the shot put and placed second in the discus with a throw of 177-11 ½. Frankie King also grabbed gold, running 2:01.45 in the 800.


Softball: Experienced manager, young team at Greensburg Salem

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One of the most experienced managers in the WPIAL, is coaching one of the youngest teams in the WPIAL. And over halfway through the season, Greensburg Salem's players are hardly showing their age. Golden Lions skipper Jody Morgan, now in her 37th season at the helm, has guided her young team to a 6-4 start. Despite starting five freshmen in most games and playing in one of the toughest sections in Class AAA, Greensburg Salem is in the thick of the playoff hunt. After dropping back-to-back games against defending WPIAL runner-up Yough and non-section foe Freeport, Greensburg Salem bounced back with consecutive section wins over Laurel Highlands and Mount Pleasant. The bats came alive for Greensburg Salem as they scored eight against Laurel Highlands and nine against Mount Pleasant. The wins vaulted Greensburg Salem into a three-way for second place with Mount Pleasant (6-2, 5-2) and Southmoreland (6-2, 5-2).

Five freshmen - Rena Caruso, Tiffany Bruzda, Syndney Tressler, Nikki Mellinger and Megan Kallock - all start, and sophomore Emma Mattei is the leading hitter on the team. Caruso pitches, Bruzda, Tressler and Mattei play in the infield, and Mellinger and Kallock are outfielders.


Alumni Update - Brandon Rowland (Pitt-Greensburg)

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GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team celebrated their senior class on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Pitt-Rowland PGUBradford.  They'd blank Bradford 3-0 in the opener then follow with a 4-2 victory in game two.

The Bobcats improve to 7-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, slide into sole possession of second place, and move their overall mark to 15-11 after Saturday's results.  Pitt-Bradford falls to 2-6 in conference play and 7-15 on the season.

The seniors made their presence felt in game one, highlighted by a dominating pitching performance by senior starter Brandon Rowland, a Greensburg Salem graduate, that held the Panthers scoreless over the seven inning opener.  

Rowland allow just two hits on the afternoon while striking out six Panthers to pick up his fourth win of the season.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Cassidy Shepherd (Westminster)

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Cassidy Shepherd finished second and was the top Division III performer in the pole vault at Saturday’sShepherd Westminster Westminster Invitational with a jump of 12 feet, 3.50 inches.

Saturday’s jump ranks second in the PAC and is tied for seventh among Division III counterparts this season.

The Greensburg Salem graduate earned PAc Women’s Field Athlete of the Week of the week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Softball: East Feature Athlete - Greensburg Salem’s Emma Mattei

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Name: Emma Mattei
High School: Greensburg Salem
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Mattei is quickly making a name for herself this season and could soon be mentioned as being one of the WPIAL's top sophomores, if she's not already. In just five games, Mattei has hit two home runs and boasts a .750 batting average after going 12 for 16. She went 3 for 3 with a home run against Laurel Highlands and homered and doubled against Franklin Regional. Greensburg Salem is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Class AAA Section 4.