Girls Basketball: Mt. Lebanon coach guides Team USA to bronze medal

Written by Brad Everett on .

Dori Oldaker is one of the most decorated coaches in WPIAL girls basketball history, coaching Blackhawk and Mt. Lebanon to a combined five WPIAL and five PIAA titles.

This summer, Oldaker's success once again extended far beyond Western Pennsylvania.

Oldaker coached Team USA to the bronze medal at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. The event took place June 22-July 2 and featured some of the top young talent in the world. Team USA went 5-1 in the tournament, its only loss coming to Australia in the semifinals. They bounced back to defeat China in the third-place game.

It was yet another successful effort on the international level for Oldaker, whose work with USA Basketball goes back several years. She guided USA to a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games 3x3 tournament in Nanjing, China in 2014. Last year, Oldaker helped lead USA to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U16 championships in Puebla, Mexico. She's also worked as a USA basketball court coach.


Baseball: Former Mt. Lebanon star rising quickly in minor leagues

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The Chicago Cubs have been one of the biggest stories in baseball this season, their powerful offense and lights-out pitching making them look like they could make a run at winning a World Series title for the first time in more than a century.

With a young roster, the Cubs could be a power for years to come, a thought that has to put a smile on the face of a Western Pa. native hoping to soon be a part of the success.

Ian Happ, a 2012 Mt. Lebanon graduate, is quickly rising through the Cubs' minor league organization and his stock is soaring. Baseball America released its midseason prospect rankings this week, and the publication slotted Happ at No. 37, one spot ahead of Pirates' prospect Josh Bell.

Happ, a 21-year-old switch-hitting second baseman, was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) in last year's MLB draft. The former University of Cincinnati star began this season at Class A Myrtle Beach and batted .296 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 69 games. Those numbers earned him a promotion to Class AA Tennessee. He's off to a great start there. In 12 games, he's hitting .452 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He has a .490 OBP and 1.180 OPS.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Ian Happ (Mt. Lebanon)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Ian Happ is living up to lofty expectations in the Chicago Cubs' farm system despite playing with a heavy heart.

The 21-year-old second baseman, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, has already reached the Class AA level in his first full professional season. He was promoted to Tennessee in the Southern League on June 23 after starting the season with high Class A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League.

That comes following a difficult offseason in which Happ's father, Keith, died of brain cancer in October at 58.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Don Kelly (Mt. Lebanon)

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At 36, Don Kelly is trying to work his way back to the major leagues.

The veteran utility player and Mt. Lebanon High School graduate is playing for the Florida Marlins' Class AAA New Orleans farm club and having a difficult season after missing almost all of last year following shoulder surgery.

Kelly is hitting just .224 with one home runs, 12 RBIs and one stolen base in 46 games in the Pacific Coast League. He also has a .293 on-base percentage, .276 slugging percentage, two doubles, one triple, 12 walks and 21 strikeouts.

Showing his trademark versatility, Kelly has started 10 games at second base, seven games at third base and five at first base.


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys ousted in PIAA quarterfinals

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon High's boys lacrosse team has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since WPIAL began sponsoring District 7 championships in 2009.

The Blue Devils won WPIAL titles in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. This year, they fell to North Allegheny in the WPIAL championship game, 9-7, but they advanced to the PIAA playoffs. That's where they knocked off District 6 champion State College, 8-5, in the first round. But in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils were the victims of a strong third quarter by Manheim Township, and they fell to the District 3 runner-up Blue Streaks, 17-5. Manheim Township's bid for glory, though, was short-lived as the Blue Streaks fell to PIAA finalist, LaSalle College High School, 10-2 in the semifinals.

"It was a difficult game, and we had a lot of trouble clearing the ball," said Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer of the loss to Manheim Township. That was evident in the third quarter where Manheim Township outscored the Blue Devils, 8-1, to put the game out of reach.