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Alumni Update - Morgan Russo (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has released their 2016 All-Conference teams with four BobcatsRusso PGU earning distinction. The conference's coaches have named senior shortstop Morgan Russo, freshman second baseman Kellie Hutchinson, and sophomore right fielder Katlyn Keenan to the second team

Russo, a Shaler graduate, has represented each level of the AMCC's All-Star teams after a first team selection in 2013, a third team nod last year, and to second team after a successful senior season. Russo led the Bobcats in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.373), hits (51), RBI (25), and doubles (14).  

Nine doubles came during conference play, placing her tops in the league. Russo would also finish top 10 in conference hits (fourth-27), batting average (seventh-.422), and slugging percentage (tenth-.594). 

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Softball: Shaler shrugs off loss to rival, enters playoffs loaded

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A late season 1-0 loss at North Allegheny denied Shaler Area a perfect regular season and an outright section title. But nobody can deny the talent the Titans have. Shaler (19-1, 13-1) can match up on paper with any Class AAAA team in the state. With the likes of senior pitcher Bri Dobson, junior Lyndsey Lakatos and senior Jacey Schott, this Titan squad has the look of a vintage Skip Palmer team.

Dobson has been lethal at the plate and in the circle. She is batting .508 with nine home runs and 42 runs batted it. And she is even more valuable as a pitcher, with a 17-1 record and a 0.86 ERA. Dobson struck out 86 this season. Lakatos and Schott have been offensive catalysts. Lakatos is batting .543 with 18 runs batted in and Schott is batting .517 with 15 runs batted in.

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Softball: All-around star Dobson leads Shaler into postseason

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles Shaler softball player Bri Dobson.

2016 0513 Shaler Softball(Photo: Shaler's Bri Dobson pitches against Pine-Richland Tuesday at Shaler. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The road leading up to the hilltop field where Shaler plays its softball games is lined with signs for each of the Titans' section, WPIAL and PIAA championships.

Led by senior pitcher Bri Dobson, perhaps the best all-around player in the WPIAL, this Shaler team's goal is to add at least a couple more of those signs.

The Titans enter the WPIAL playoffs as one of the favorites in Class AAAA after starting the season 17-0, and Dobson is a major reason why. She came into this week 17-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 86 strikeouts on the mound, but that's not all. Dobson also has been one of the top hitters around with a .508 average, 9 home runs and 42 RBIs — and that was before her grand slam and another homer Tuesday in a 15-4 rout of Pine-Richland to clinch a share of the Section 3 title.

"It's been awesome. It's great because I get to end on this kind of note," said Dobson, who smiled at the notion of being the WPIAL's top player when combining both halves of the game. "I never really thought about that. Now that I think about it, it feels good. But I don't know. I always think there's someone out there better than me, so I try to get better than them.""

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Alumni Update - Rachel Boody (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – In its final tuneup for the 2016 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Robert Morrisboody rmu University track & field team competed at the Red Flash Open Saturday in Loretto, Pa.

RMU finished third out of four teams, compiling 42 points.

A pair of Colonials earned gold, as freshman Mathilde Terleth won the 400-meter hurdles, while junior Rachel Boody finished first in the discus.

Boody, a Shaler graduate, eclipsed the ECAC-qualifying mark in the discus for the third time this season by winning the individual title with a throw of 43.48 meters.

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Claire Schreiber

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Claire Schreiber
High School: Shaler
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: Triple jump and long jump

Background: Schreiber is an honors student at Shaler. She recently placed third at the Butler Invitational in the triple jump with a personal record of 36 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Schreiber is a multi-sport athlete as a member of the varsity soccer team in addition to track and field.