Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Standout at Olsh Addresses His Future Mcdonald Ready for New Challenge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Standout at Olsh Addresses His Future Mcdonald Ready for New Challenge

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Shaughn McDonald performed in front of large crowds numerous times during his volleyball career at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.

McDonald's final performance in front of a crowd at the Moon- based high school was much different, as he delivered the valedictory address for the OLSH "Class of 2014" commencement exercises.

"I was more nervous for that speech than any volleyball match I've played," McDonald said. "Fortunately, the speech went very well."

The same is true for McDonald's volleyball career. He was voted first-team All-WPIAL Class AA all four years that he played for the Chargers and will presumably be a three-time member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team. The 2014 PVCA All-State Team hasn't been announced yet, but McDonald was selected the past two years, so it would be a huge surprise if he didn't appear for a third time.

"My wife and I are so proud of what Shaughn was able to accomplish during his high school career as an athlete and as a student," said Mike McDonald, Shaughn's father and volleyball coach. "Having him deliver the valedictorian speech was a great way to end his four years at OLSH."

Shaughn McDonald was one of six members of the Chargers volleyball team who graduated on Sunday.

"Five of the six were starters, so we have some rebuilding to do for next year," coach McDonald said.

The 2014 Chargers squad turned in the best season in school history. They tied for second place with Beaver County Christian School in Section 1 and placed third in the WPIAL Class AA tournament, thus earning their second consecutive berth in the PIAA tournament.

"Last year, we were a Cinderella story as we came on at the end of the season and qualified for the state tournament," Mike McDonald said. "This year, we were a serious contender all year long."

OLSH almost pulled a major upset in the opening round of the PIAA tournament. The Chargers posted victories of 26-24 and 25-23 in the first and third sets against Cochranton, the District 10 champion and tournament favorite. Cochranton rebounded with wins of 25-15 and 25-19 in the second and fourth sets, then pulled out the final set, 15-9, to avoid the upset. …

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