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Injury won't sideline Lepoards' Matt Green

| Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Forget that Matt Green won the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAA long jumping championship as a sophomore last year.

This hasn't been an easy track and field season for the Leps' standout.

Running for more than 1,000 yards and taking a number of hard hits as BVA's workhorse runner in the 2009 football campaign took its toll on Green's back.

Last week, he had more than back problems to contend with when he slipped on a wet board at the WPIAL Team Playoffs at Hempfield. He strained his groin after his spike got caught.

The injury had his coach, Chris Stasicha, fearing the worst.

"I don't know if he'll be able to go next week," Stasicha said at the time.

Green passed up the prestigious Baldwin Invitational Friday, but he won't pass up today's WPIAL Class AAA qualifier at West Mifflin.

"I've been stretching and going to a chiropractor," said Green, who made his third visit Monday in the last six days.

Despite not being 100 percent, Green is confident he'll do well enough to make next week's WPIAL finals at Baldwin.

"My goal is just to finish in the top eight and make only one or two jumps," he said.

Green jumped 23 feet and 4 inches nine days ago, which is almost four feet better than the WPIAL's qualifying standard.

Green is also among the better 110 hurdlers and triple jumpers, but won't compete in those events today.

• Charleroi had to be glad to see its Class AA Section 4 season close Monday with a pair of 15-0 losses at Mt. Pleasant.

The Lady Cougars went 0-14 in the section, getting outscored 194-13.

Charleroi was outscored 73-0 in its last five section defeats after downing Class A Monessen, 8-5, for its lone win in 18 games.

Charleroi owns the WPIAL's longest section losing streak at 96.

The Lady Cougars' last section victory was 4-3 over visiting Brownsville May 3, 2002.

• The area will be represented on and off the field at the seventh annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games, which are scheduled for June 13 at Burkett Field in Robinson Township.

Ringgold's Brett Grandstand will be one of the Class AAA coaches with three of his section rivals, Thomas Jefferson's Rich Krivanek, West Mifflin's Jeff Kuzma and Trinity's Levi Bistor.

Ringgold's Bob Bracken and Elizabeth Forward's Buddy Wilson will be playing for the Class AAA team, which takes on Class AAAA at 4 p.m.

California's D.J. Martinak and Zac Edmiston and Bentworth's Dalton Bercosky and Ty Bell will be teammates on the Class A team, which goes against Class AA at 1 p.m.

• And thanks to Galvie Gardner of California, who says even a live wire is not really live unless it has a good connection!

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