Charleroi grad Obade starts as sophomore
Elijah Obade, a 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound sophomore post-player from Charleroi Area High School, is starting for the Millersville University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team.
A transfer from Delaware Technical and Community College, he is averaging 7.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Marauders through six games.
Obade is shooting 50 percent from the floor, having converted 15 of 30 attempts. He is also shooting 66.7 percent from the foul line and also has produced five blocks, three steals and four assists.
Last year, Obade averaged 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game at Delaware.
At Charleroi he earned multiple varsity letters while starring in basketball, football and track and field. During his senior year under veteran Cougars' head coach Bill Wiltz, Obade averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game.
Under the direction of 13th-year head coach Fred Thompson, the Marauders are 3-3 overall. Millersville will open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division play on Jan. 12 at Bloomsburg.
The son of Rachel Obade, Elijah is majoring in secondary mathematics education.
Pohlot at Point Park
Belle Vernon Area High School product Josh Pohlot is contributing to Point Park University's men's basketball team.
An honor student and 1,000-point scholastic scorer, Pohlot has appeared in all nine games and made two starts for the Pioneers. He is averaging six points, five rebounds and 17.5 minutes per game, which is the most playing time among all the non-regular starters. He has made 21 of 45 field goal attempts, one three-point basketball and is shooting 73.3 percent from the foul line. Pohlot also has produced a team-high seven blocks with seven steals, and three assists.
He has helped the Pioneers and veteran head coach Bob Rager enjoy a 6-3 start this season. Point Park is 1-1 in the NAIA's American Mideast Conference and resumes its season at West Virginia Tech on Jan. 7.
Last season at Belle Vernon, the 6-foot-4-inch Pohlot averaged 18.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and led the Leopards to a 17-7 overall record that included two WPIAL Class AAA playoff victories.
Roses for Rudolph
There will be a local presence on the University of Wisconsin's sideline when the Badgers' football team battles undefeated Texas Christian University in the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day at 5 p.m.
Belle Vernon native Joe Rudolph, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard at for the Badgers in the early 1990s, is in his third season as tight ends coach at Wisconsin.
This past season, Rudolph guided Lance Kendricks, a 6-foot-4-inch, 4, 241-pound redshirt senior who was recently named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team. Kendricks replaced Garrett Graham, who caught seven touchdown passes while earning first-team All Big Ten Conference accolades in 2009.
A finalist for the John Mackey Award and a Big Ten Conference first teamer, Kendricks leads the Badgers with 39 receptions for 627 yards and five touchdowns. Wisconsin is 11-1 overall.
Aided by Wisconsin's dominating tight end play, the Badgers averaged 67 points in their last three victories over Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern. Wisconsin closed the regular season with seven consecutive victories including a 31-18 home victory over previously top-ranked Ohio State University.
Before joining Wisconsin fifth-year head coach Brett Bielema's coaching staff Rudolph served as tight ends coach and special teams assistant at the University of Nebraska in 2007.
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Rudolph served as the strength coordinator (2006) and the offensive graduate assistant coach (2004-05) at Ohio State.
Rudolph was a member of head coach and Burgettstown native Barry Alvarez's first recruiting class at Wisconsin. He went on to earn three letters and help the Badgers win the 1993 Big Ten title and 1994 Rose Bowl victory.
Rudolph, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, was a Wisconsin team captain in 1994 and was the team's 1994 Scholastic Award winner.