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PG SOUTH: High School Basketball Notebook
In her third season as coach at Mt. Lebanon, coach Dori Anderson-Oldaker has her team limiting its opponents as well as anyone in the WPIAL.
Butler District - Western PA Conference - United Methodist Church
COACH DORI ANDERSON-OLDAKERCurrently the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Mt. Lebanon High School AAAA in Pittsburgh.She has been the coach of the Blackhawk Girls guiding them to WPIAL Championship and a State Championship.She also served a year on the Pitt University Women's Basketball Staff.
PG South: Mt. Lebanon girls unbeaten, host Carlynton tonight
An unusual thing happened when Dori Anderson-Oldaker joined the girls' basketball program at Mt. Lebanon as head coach last season.The Blue Devils and Anderson-Oldaker were not in the WPIAL playoffs, a rarity for both.Mt. Lebanon posted a 10-10 record in Anderson-Oldaker's first season and finished in fourth place in section play, missing the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.Like Mt. Lebanon, Anderson-Oldaker was not used to missing the playoffs.She led Blackhawk to two WPIAL and two PIAA Class AAA championships in her four-year tenure as head coach ending in 2002, where she compiled a 105-18 record.Anderson-Oldaker was also in the playoffs every season as an assistant for seven years at Blackhawk.When hired as Lebo head coach last season, she was expected to lead the program back to the prominence it enjoyed when the Blue Devils won at least 23 games for five straight seasons through 2001-02.It may have taken an extra season, but Anderson-Oldaker has Mt. Lebanon back on track.The Blue Devils have an 8-0 record going into tonight's first-round game of the Mt. Lebanon holiday tournament against Carlynton."Last season was a transition year and it took a year for everyone to understand the system and understand what we're trying to accomplish," Anderson-Oldaker said."They've all been through the tough times and they're ready to take it a step further," Anderson-Oldaker said."Christine hit some crucial 3s for us," Anderson-Oldaker said."I think we were able to get over the hump because of our experience," Anderson-Oldaker said.Anderson-Oldaker does not mind the oversight."We're happy where we are right now," Anderson-Oldaker said."There are a lot of quality teams in the WPIAL and a lot of parity."Mt. Lebanon resumes section play with a home game Monday against Ringgold.The Blue Devils play Jan. 6 at Bethel Park (10-0, 4-0), the defending section champion ranked second in the WPIAL."We don't look ahead," Anderson-Oldaker said."We're just trying to get better every day with every game and every practice."Mt. Lebanon became a team to watch when it won the demanding Moon tournament Dec. 9, less than a week after claiming the Blackhawk tournament."We played well in those first four games," Anderson-Oldaker said.
PG West: New Roundball game attracting local talent
Mt. Lebanon's Dori Anderson-Oldaker, who guided Blackhawk to a pair of PIAA Class AAA titles, will coach the Black squad.
"They're a young team, but they're talented," Mt. Lebanon coach Dori Anderson-Oldaker said of the Big Macs."We don't really have a go-to player; it's more of a team effort," Anderson-Oldaker said.