Girls Basketball: Penn Hills standout commits to Temple

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Penn Hills basketball standout Desiree Oliver committed to Temple on Friday.

"Desiree Oliver got her first scholarship offer when she was in eighth grade. But she waited four years to make her college decision.

Oliver, a talented 5-foot-7 senior guard on the Penn Hills High School girls basketball team, made a verbal commitment Friday to Temple.

Duquesne was the first to offer Oliver a scholarship when she was an eighth-grader. But Oliver made her final decision among Temple, LSU and George Washington. She visited all three schools recently.

Temple recruited Oliver as a "combo guard," one who can play point or shooting guard. She is ranked the No. 94 player in the country by ESPN's Oliver was a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 a year ago after averaging 18.8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a game. She shot 44 percent from 3-point range and enters her senior season with 1,177 career points."



Alumni Update - Rob Agurs (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLARION, Pa. – Former Clarion men's basketball player Rob Agurs will continue his hoops career on the professionalAgurs Clarion level, with the high-scoring wing securing a contract to play in Italy.

Agurs, a Penn Hills graduate, signed a professional deal to play for San Filippo del Mela Peppino Cocuzza 1947, a club team in the Italian Silver league. The city is located near Messina in Sicily.

A Second Team All-PSAC West selection in 2016 – Clarion's first since 2014 -- Agurs was an offensive and defensive leader for the Golden Eagles, leading them in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg) and steals (1.7 spg) in 2015.16.

His 442 points on the season makes him one of just eight players to score at least that many points since the 2000-01 season and the first to do it since Winfield Willis totaled 446 points in 2011-12.

Over the course of the year Agurs authored some of the very best performances of any Golden Eagles player, leading the team with eight double-doubles.  

He was the only member of the team to twice top the 30-point mark in a single game, doing so against Edinboro on Feb. 13 and Slippery Rock on Jan. 13.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Alumni Update - Brian Koerber (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has recognized fellow men's soccer seniors Brian Koerber and SeanKoerber PGU Baxendell as Preseason Players to Watch.

Along with the preseason watch list, the AMCC has also released their 2016 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll with the Bobcats picked to finish in the thick of the playoff race at #7.

Second year Head Coach Dan Keefe, who enters his third year with the program after serving as Associate Head Coach in 2014 is looking to guide the Bobcats back to the playoffs.   

In 2014 the men's program finished third place in the AMCC and were an overtime period away from reaching the conference's title game.

Koerber, a Penn Hills graduate and senior center back, enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, culminating in a third team All-Conference selection.  

The versatile defender was a regular in the Bobcat starting 11 and anchored the back line.


(photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Camille Hickman (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior Camille Hickman and 2015 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year, sophomoreHickman PGU Kayleen Schwegler have been named Players to Watch for the upcoming 2016 women's soccer season.

The Bobcats are picked to finish third in the AMCC, the highest expected finish for Pitt-Greensburg since being picked to finish third in 2005. The Bobcats finished 2015 with a 6-1-2 conference record, earning them third place out of the 10 team field.

Hickman, a Penn Hills graduate, was a second team All-Conference selection in 2015, started eight of the Bobcats nine conference games.  

She returned from a preseason injury and helped anchor a Bobcat defensive unit that ranked second in both goals allowed and goals against average.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Todd Lee (Mercyhurst)

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ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame, now in its 20th year of existence, will welcome eight new individuals and one new team on Saturday during the Reunion Weekend.

The honorees, along with pertinent information, are listed below:

Todd Lee was a member of the Mercyhurst men's basketball team from 1983 until 1988. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduate of Penn Hills High School, Lee was one of the top scorers and rebounders in Laker basketball history.

A product of Penn Hills High School, the 6-foot-5 forward ranks third on Mercyhurst's all-time scoring list and third on its all-time rebounds list. He also rates sixth in steals. Until the recent 2015-16 season, he held the program record for games played.


Lee had a strong start to his collegiate career, becoming a key contributor in his freshman season. He followed with award-winning seasons over the next two years. Twice, he was named to the Erie Morning News All-Big Five First Team. He received All-District honors from Pittsburgh Press both years and was honored on the NABC All-District Team and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-District Team as a junior.


Lee's original senior season was short-lived as he broke a bone in his right foot and appeared in only two games. He was awarded a redshirt and returned for a fifth year to lead the Lakers in nearly every major category: scoring, rebounds, three-point field goals, three-point percentage, blocks and steals. For his efforts, he was named to the Mideast Collegiate Conference All-Conference First Team and the Pittsburgh Press All-District Second Team.