Athletes of the Week: 1.25.13
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Jayne Oberdorf, Greensburg Salem
Last week: Oberdorf led the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team to three victories, which extended the Golden Lions' win streak to nine games. That run came to an end in a loss Monday to Franklin Regional.
Check this out: Oberdorf averages a team-high 17.5 points per game for Greensburg Salem (12-4, 7-0), which held the Class AAA Section 3 lead heading into Thursday's game against Uniontown. Oberdorf, a senior guard, recently became the fourth member of her family to score 1,000 career points. Her mom, Jeannie (Alcorn) Oberdorf, and uncles Mike and Dan Alcorn reached that mark while playing at Penn-Trafford in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jayne's sister, Claire, is a sophomore and starting point guard for Greensburg Salem. Jayne is also an excellent softball player. A pitcher, she has committed to play at Division I Marist.
• Knowing your mom and uncles scored 1,000 points, what did it mean for you to do it, too? I just feel like I'm part of the family now. (Laughs)
• What's more exciting: Hitting a big shot in basketball or getting an important strikeout in softball? Honestly, I like softball more, but hitting that 3 when you really need it feels really good.
• Best player in the WPIAL? Can I say my sister? Sure. OK. I'll say her.
• How do you feel about Manti Te'o? I honestly feel like this whole broadcasting of everything is ridiculous. Just show me the highlights of the games.
• What would your life be like without cell phones? Very boring. I don't know what I'd do actually.
• Favorite men's college basketball team? Duke. That's my team.
• Most people would be surprised to know that ... This is really embarrassing. When I go to college, I want to go into fashion. I actually make some of my own clothes.
Trevor Recktenwald, Peters Township
Last week: Recktenwald had two assists in Peters Township's 6-1 victory against Canon-McMillan. The win was the sixth in a row for the Indians (10-4), who are in a three-way tie with Bethel Park and Canon-McMillan) for first place in PIHL Class AAA Section 1.
Check this out: Recktenwald, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior, has made sure that he will leave Peters Township with a bang. Through Wednesday, he was the PIHL leader in assists (29) and points (49). Mixed in with those statistics have been some explosive performances, as well. In three of his 12 games played this season, Recktenwald has recorded seven points and has also notched a hat-trick or better in three games this season. He is also playing club hockey for the U-18 Pittsburgh Viper Stars and plans on playing juniors next season in the NAHL with the Johnstown Tomahawks.
• What has been the most memorable moment of the season thus far? Our first game against Canon-Mac was memorable because it's such a big rivalry and it was great to come out with a win.
• What have been some of the biggest improvements in your game from last season to this one? Over the summer, I worked on my speed. Also, my shot has gotten a lot stronger and I've worked on my passing ability.
• In your mind, what are some of your biggest attributes as a player? Definitely my size because I can create space for myself. If I hit players, they tend to stay away from me a little and that lets me do what I need to do.
• Is there a guy in the NHL that you maybe try to model your game after? Probably I'd have to say like a Jordan Staal. Try to be solid on the defensive end and just power my way through people and work hard in the corners.
• As someone whom I'm assuming is a huge NHL fan, how big of a relief is the end of the lockout? It's been a big relief for me. I enjoy watching them play and try to learn from what they do to try to make myself a better player.
First Published January 25, 2013 12:00 am