Mt. Lebo’s Oldaker named coach of year
Three hours after The Associated Press named Mt. Lebanon’s Dori Oldaker the Pennsylvania girls basketball Class AAAA coach of the year, she still hadn’t heard the news.
She was too busy taking care of her other team — daughters Taylor, 2, and Ryan, 13 months.
Mt. Lebanon finished 31-0 and became the first WPIAL team since 1983 to win a state championship with an unbeaten record. The Blue Devils also won the WPIAL and did so with only one senior in the starting lineup — forward Emily Miller, who was named second-team all-state.
“This team had a lot of talent, but without working together, you wonder if they could be as successful as they were,” Oldaker said. “They had unbelievable chemistry on and off the floor. They willed themselves to win a lot of games.”
Oldaker said she tried not to over-coach.
“There were a lot of times when I just let them play, especially offensively, because they have so much talent,” she said.
Overall, there was a lot of talent on WPIAL and City League girls teams this season. Five players were named to the AP first teams, compared to two boys.
The Class AAAA first-teamers included Butler’s Olivia Bresnahan, Peters Township’s Emily Correal and Schenley’s Markel Walker. Mars’ Lily Grenci was named to the Class AAA all-state first team, and North Catholic’s Lauren Savulchak was named to the Class A first team.
Westinghouse’s Shalonda Winton and West Allegheny’s Michelle Walker were named to the Class AAA second and third teams, respectively. Washington’s Jocelyn Floyd and Carly Vendemia were selected to the Class AA second team, and Sto-Rox’s Kerry Connolly, Our Lady of Sacred Heart’s Devin McGrath and Ford City’s Marisa Wolfe were on the third team.
In Class A, Savulchak was joined by Mt. Alvernia’s Kat Owunna (second team) and St. Joseph’s Jacqi Diez (third team).
Savulchak is one of three all-staters in her family. Her cousin, North Catholic’s Jesse Long, is a Class AA boys third-teamer, and her uncle, North Catholic’s Dave Long, was the Class AA boys coach of the year.
Mt. Lebanon 7, Central Catholic 4 — Mt. Lebanon rallied from a 1-0 deficit after three innings, scoring all of its runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of the nonsection Class AAAA game.
Jeremy Tiedeman homered, and Ian Happ doubled for Mt. Lebanon (3-2).
Will Kengore hit a triple for visiting Central Catholic in its first game of the season.
North Allegheny 5, Frankin Regional 2 — Boyd Jackson hit a home run for North Allegheny (3-1) in its nonsection game at Franklin Regional (0-4).
Blackhawk 11, Beaver 1 — Mike Pearson pitched a two-hit shutout, and Greg Weatherly had three hits and four RBI to lead Blackhawk (4-0) over Beaver (0-1).
Pearson (2-0) has allowed only one run on three hits, while striking out 11, in 10 innings.
Blackhawk has outscored its opponents, 41-1.
Shady Side Academy 4, Springdale 0 — Tim and Matt Giel combined to pitch a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and four walks to help Class AA Shady Side Academy (4-0) defeat Class A Springdale (2-1) in nonsection play.
Brian Nickel doubled, tripled and had one RBI for Shady Side Academy.
Brentwood 19, Sewickley Academy 0 — Winning pitcher Taylor Sherry hit two home runs, Sam Schultise homered and tripled and Lindsay Bennett belted two triples for Brentwood (2-0, 1-0) in a Section 3-A game.