Canevin's Olkosky signs with West Liberty
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When Bishop Canevin's Johnie Olkosky began focusing on where to continue her basketball career after high school, Wheeling Jesuit was on top of her list.
But when a coaching change occurred, her focus went 11 miles north.
The senior guard signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career at West Liberty last week. Her interest in the school and team peaked when Kyle Cooper made the move from being an assistant with Wheeling Jesuit to being on the staff of the Lady Hilltoppers.
“He recruited me and Wheeling Jesuit was my top team,” Olkosky said. “I went to visit West Liberty to visit the campus and met the coach and team and knew it was a perfect fit.
“Everyone said as soon as you step on campus you will know which school is right. West Liberty is that school.”
West Liberty competes at the NCAA Division II level in the West Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The Lady Hilltoppers are led by head coach Lynn Ullom, who is currently in his 23rd season with the team. He has won five WVIAC titles and made the NCAA Division II tournament 11 times.
Olkosky also considered Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock and a handful of small Division I programs, including Niagara.
She said she will study criminal justice.
“I have wanted to play college basketball since I was a little kid,” Olkosky said. “It is great knowing where I am going and having everything set.”
Olkosky's older sister Rebecca is a member of the Slippery Rock women's basketball team.
With her big decision out of the way, Olkosky can now focus on the Lady Crusaders. Bishop Canevin had a historic run last season, capturing the WPIAL and PIAA Class AA titles.
Olkosky scored 26 points in the WPIAL title game, tying a record with seven 3-pointers.
With Bishop Canevin losing three starters from the 2012-13 team – Erin Waskowiak committed to Duquesne while Carly Forse and Celina DiPietro are starting for Point Park – the return of Olkosky will provide the team a leader.
“She is great at it,” Bishop Canevin coach Tim Joyce said. “She is a tremendous leader and all-purpose player. She is looking forward to her role this season.”
And while the team needs some new faces to step into starting roles, Olkosky already knows what she wants to accomplish this season.
“I want to get back to the Palumbo Center,” Olkosky said. “We will be a young team but we can still find success. We just have to use our quickness and toughness on defense.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- With Malkin out, Penguins fall to Flyers, 4-1
- Authorities release name of Greensburg man who jumped off overpass onto Route 30
- Pirates’ McCutchen leaves game early, says he is not hurt
- Pirates planning on maximizing the versatility of Rodriguez
- Reliever Hughes takes plenty of pride in being Pirates’ middle man
- Coach Jordano providing steady hand for Pitt baseball program
- West Virgina advances to WNIT title game
- Steelers re-sign DE Geathers
- Pirates notebook: Richard doesn’t exercise opt-out clause in contract
- Gibsonia film producer makes documentary about female troops serving in war
- Spring training breakdown: Pirates 3, Orioles 3, 10 inns.