Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ringgold Girl Shines after Injury

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ringgold Girl Shines after Injury

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Winning section titles with high-scoring players is nothing new for the Ringgold High School girls' soccer team.

For the past five years, the Rams have dominated Section 6-AAA and run up scores in a section that struggled to compete with them.

This season was a bit different in that Elizabeth Forward tied the Rams for the section championship with an identical 13-1 record. But despite the competition, the Rams' high-scoring reputation is still secure after scoring 85 goals this season.

A big part of the reason is junior striker Amanda Shine, who tallied 31 goals this regular season. More impressively, however, was the way she did it.

Shine was severely injured in a head-on car collision last April. Her kicking foot and left arm were broken in the accident and she had to spend the next several weeks in a wheelchair.

The accident occurred right after she had transferred to the South Park School District because her mother had relocated to that area.

"It was tough to be the new kid in a wheelchair," Shine said. "There wasn't even an elevator at South Park. When I came back I could only attend school for half the day."

Afternoons in the spring were spent in physical therapy, where it took a month for her to even progress to the treadmill. She took calcium pills and ate at least one banana a day. Her arm was in a cast for six weeks and her right foot was immobilized in plaster for eight.

Naturally under the circumstances, Shine had a longing for her old settings, so she moved in with an aunt who still lives in the Ringgold School District. While the comfort of old friends can't be discounted, by the time mandatory practices were underway in August she could only physically participate in the morning part of the two-a-days.

"I started slower than ever. I was afraid to go into tackles," she said. "I've played all year with a [lace-up] brace on my foot. …

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