Mt. Lebanon rebounded quite nicely to make the playoffs last year after a forgettable 3-6 showing in 2013.
Now the Blue Devils will look to take the next step and vault into title contention in the competitive Southeastern Conference.
"One of the biggest things has been changing the culture a little bit, and we've been talking about that over the last couple of years," fourth-year coach Mike Melnyk said. "Every coach wants to put their mark on a team, but the one thing we've emphasized is that we want to work harder than any other team, with coaches and players, and the commitment level from the players has been way up there."
Even though Mt. Lebanon qualified for the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs a year ago, it went into the playoffs with a gasp rather than at full steam. The Blue Devils were 5-1 after six games, but dropped their final three in the regular season and were drubbed, 35-10, at McKeesport in the first round of the playoffs.