Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loss in Piaa Playoffs Still Stings Mt. Lebanon Players Expected More Than Winning Section 4 Title

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loss in Piaa Playoffs Still Stings Mt. Lebanon Players Expected More Than Winning Section 4 Title

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There will be a time when the Mt. Lebanon players and coaches can look back and appreciate a 24-win season and a sixth consecutive Class AAAA Section 4 title.

That time is not this week.

The Blue Devils remain devastated by a pair of postseason losses to section rival Chartiers Valley that denied them a trip to the WPIAL or PIAA finals.

Mt. Lebanon's season came to an end last Friday after a 48-37 loss to Chartiers Valley in the PIAA quarterfinals.

This season marked the first time Mt. Lebanon did not win either a WPIAL or PIAA title since 2008. It marked the first time they failed to reach a WPIAL or PIAA final since 2007.

In the past six years coach Dori Oldaker has guided the Blue Devils to three PIAA titles and three WPIAL titles. Very few WPIAL programs in any sport can claim to have the kind of expectations that surround Oldaker's program.

"We lost," Oldaker said on Monday, less than 72 hours after the defeat against Chartiers Valley. "We are still kind of devastated."

Oldaker and her players had their exit interviews on Monday and the players turned in their uniforms.

"It is a little too soon to reminisce about the season," Oldaker said. "We are still disappointed."

The exit interviews were a farewell for a senior class that included starters, guard Alex Ventrone and forward Jordan Holmes.

Mt. Lebanon finished the season 24-4. It's only losses were to Seton-LaSalle, Bethel Park and Chartiers Valley.

It dropped its third section game of the season, a 60-54 decision at Bethel Park. With the way the Black Hawks were playing, Mt. Lebanon's streak of five consecutive section titles seemed to be in danger. But the Blue Devils regrouped, winning their final eight section games including a 14-point win against Bethel Park to not only continue the streak but to win the Class AAAA Section 4 title outright. …

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