2022

Sports Legend

Amanda Obenshain, Class of 2012

Amanda first picked up a lacrosse stick at the age of 10 while at her neighbor’s house. Since Hamburg did not yet have a youth girls lacrosse program, she first played in a boys summer league for her neighbor, Marty Derby.

She played high school soccer and basketball with her classmates through her junior year but made the jump to the varsity lacrosse team as an eighth grader. While her season had some ups and downs, the team won Section VI Class B championship with Amanda starting on attack.

As a 9th grader Amanda led the varsity team in assists and as a 10th grader, she led Hamburg in scoring. In 2011, Coach Ryan took over the program, Amanda again led the team with 64 goals and 34 helpers, leading the Bulldogs back to the Sectional VI Class B championship game, where they loss a heartbreaker to Lake Shore despite Amanda scoring 8 goals. That summer, Amanda was named to the Western Region Empire State games, where her team won the Silver Medal.

In her senior year, Amanda led Section VI in scoring, tallying 58 goals and 59 assists for 117 points, culminating with Hamburg winning the Section VI Class B championship which started a run by Coach Ryan of 6 consecutive Section VI championships. After the season was over, Amanda was named a 1st team U.S. Lacrosse All-American. 1st team All- WNY, and the inaugural winner of the Buffalo News “Ox” award, which is awarded to the individual who possesses talent, versatility, hard work, dedication and toughness. Amanda went on to play at the University of Albany, where she was part of a team that made 2 NCCA playoff appearances.

Amanda’s favorite high school memory was beating archrival Frontier under the lights at Howe Field after both schools raised money for Alex’s Lemonade stand. Amanda got married in September 2021 to Rob Koshinski and welcomed her 1st child, a son, Carter this past July. Amanda is an account manager at Hamburg Brewery.