High school notebook: PIHL hosting America's Showcase this week
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High school hockey in Pittsburgh will be in the spotlight again this week as the PIHL hosts America's Showcase, a tournament that will feature some of the nation's top prep players from around the country.
Teams representing 20 states will compete in 52 games Thursday through Monday at Robert Morris' Island Sports Center.
Team Pittsburgh, coached by Michael Guentner (Butler), Brandon Dudt-Mulzet (North Hills) and William Connelly (Central Catholic), will feature goalies Nikita Meskin (Bishop Canevin) and Bradford Thornburg (North Allegheny); forwards Brett Berner (North Hills), Brian Dee (Baldwin), Troy Double (Butler), Cole Hepler (Freeport), Ethan Homitz (Hampton), Jared Karas (State College), Cullen McMahon (Chartiers Valley), Christian Miller (Armstrong), J.D. Oddi (Canon-McMillan), Chris Siak (Bethel Park), Austin Tonklovich (Canon-McMillan) and Zach Uhlyar (Thomas Jefferson); and defensemen Brennen Adams (Bishop Canevin), Kyle Cunningham (Pine-Richland), Josef Kittelberger (Peters Township), Derek Lesnak (Bethel Park), Eli Reith (Norwin) and Brendon Zack (Freeport).
Pine-Richland's Andres Binotto, Nicholas Matelan, Nicholas Jenkins, Andrew Vislosky and Ryan Cole, as well as Indiana's Noah Moody, will play for Team Utah, and McGuffey's Jacob Carman will play for Team New York.
Pittsburgh will play New Jersey at 2 p.m. Thursday, Missouri Blue at 5 p.m. Friday and Indiana at 11 a.m. Saturday.
There also will be a six-team girls tournament.
Local players competing in the girls tournament include Shady Side Academy goalie Samantha Smith and North Allegheny defenseman Jana Garrow, who will play for the Mid-Americans.
Oldaker to coach USA
Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker has been selected to coach the USA U18 girls team at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Oldaker also was on the team's trials staff in 2012.
Hoops for a Cure
The 19th annual Hoops for a Cure will include four games April 26 at Chartiers Valley. The games will start at 3 p.m. when the Class A and AA girls will square off, followed by the Class A and AA boys. Girls in Class AAA and AAAA will match up about 6 p.m., with the Class AAA and AAAA boys playing at 7:30 p.m.
The game is a fundraiser for the Nathan S. Arenson Fund, which helps support finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Visit hoopsforacure.com for more information.
Saturday marks the annual Roundball Classic at Geneva. The day's slate of four games includes two girls matchups — Class A/District 10 vs. Class AA/City League at 2 p.m. and Class AAA/District 10 vs. Class AAAA at 4 p.m. — as well as two boys matchups: Class AAA/District 10 vs. Class AA at 6 p.m. and Class A/City League/Prep vs. Class AAAA at 8 p.m.
Greensburg Salem junior Claire Oberdorf (Marist) and Southmoreland sophomore Briana Bunner (Robert Morris) recently gave verbal commitments to continue their college softball careers. They join a growing list of players for Team Pennsylvania Cyclones that have done so. The group includes five area seniors bound for college programs: Canon-McMillan's Olivia Lorusso (Robert Morris), Seton-La Salle's Taylor Mercurio (IUP), Hempfield's Alaina Montgomery (UConn), Mars' Erin Hershman (Robert Morris) and Seneca Valley's Alexa Sisko (Lock Haven).
Four local juniors also have made commitments: Canon-McMillan's Abby McCartney (Robert Morris), Norwin's Maddie Wensel (Lafayette), Trinity's Olivia Gray (Pitt) and Oberdorf. South Side Beaver sophomore Connor McGaffic also has committed to Pitt.
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