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.


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.


Track: Greensburg Salem turns in excellent performance at Mt. Lebanon Invitational

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The Greensburg Salem boys had several runners grab gold at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational last Saturday.

Victor Kemp started the rally in the 200-meter dash. The freshman took first with a time of 23.99, beating Mt. Lebanon's Garrett Montilla by 1/100th of a second.

Lawson Monta took gold in the discus with a distance of 168 feet, 7 inches, before winning the shot put with a distance of 56 feet, 7 inches. Junior Chad Kaylor won the javelin with a throw of 156 feet, 9 inches.

The girls team had several athletes earn gold medals. Freshman Malia Anderson won the 800 with a time of 2:33.75. Julia Howard collected three gold medals, including the long jump (17-2 1/4), triple jump (36-7 3/4) and high jump (4-10).


Alumni Update - Melissa Wagner (Pitt-Johnstown)

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The Pitt-Johnstown got a strong pitching performance from Melissa Wagner in Saturday's 4-0 victory to open a non-conference withWagner PJU Seton Hill University, before completing the sweep with a 12-10 win behind Allessa Morrison's four hits and five RBI.  

Pitt-Johnstown improved to 3-8.

Wagner, a Greensburg Salem graduate, pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout to earn her first win of the year.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Hockey: East Feature Athlete – Greensburg Salem sophomore William Rapone

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Name: William Rapone

School: Greensburg Salem

Grade: 10

Sport: Hockey


Background: Was selected to play in the PIHL Class A all-star game on Jan. 31 at Brady’s Run Recreational Complex. Has been one of the few bright spots for the Golden Lions this season. Leads the team with two shorthanded goals. An offensive defenseman, he has 16 goals and just four assists in 13 games. Had hat tricks in three consecutive games, against Wheeling Park, Sewickley Academy and South Park.