High School Notebook: 2 sports, 1 season, 1 driven athlete
May 19, 2013 4:00 AM
Jonathan Dorogy: Spring days are never dull nor uneventful.
By Mike White Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was a 24-hour run to glory. One day, Jonathan Dorogy was helping the Seneca Valley baseball team on its run to a third consecutive WPIAL championship.
The next day, Dorogy himself ran close to WPIAL championships in another sport.
Dorogy's story is an unusual one of a two-sport athlete -- in the same season. There have been other athletes recently who have played two sports in one season. But Dorogy doesn't just play two. He excels in both.
A senior, Dorogy is in his third year as a starting outfielder for the Seneca Valley baseball team, the two-time defending WPIAL AAAA champion. He bats leadoff and had a double in a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Bethel Park Wednesday.
But Dorogy also runs track. He has the school record for the 100-meter dash and had quite the day at the WPIAL track championships Thursday at Baldwin. He finished second in the Class AAA 100-meter dash in 11.0 seconds (Gateway's Julius Rivera won in 10.98), third in the 200 at 22.35 seconds and ran a leg on Seneca Valley's 400-meter relay team that finished second in 42.60 seconds.
Dorogy has run indoor track before, but this is the first spring he has run outdoors for Seneca Valley. Baseball is his No. 1 priority, but he has made track also fit into his schedule.
"I'm happy for him that this has been able to work out," said Seneca Valley baseball coach Eric Semega. "To do this, you have to have someone who is willing to work. We've actually had four individuals over the years who have been starters in baseball and run track. Jim Burry started it in 2007. But it has been good for track, good for the kids and hasn't hurt us at all."
Dorogy runs on his own and goes to some "voluntary" track practices on Sundays.
"Sometimes I'll go practice just handoffs [with the relay team] after baseball practice," Dorogy said.
Dorogy (5 feet 8, 170 pounds) also was a standout slotback for Seneca Valley's football team, leading the team in receptions. He will play football in college at The Citdael.
For now, Dorogy has high school championships on his mind. Seneca Valley will play in the WPIAL baseball semifinals Tuesday, and he will run in the PIAA championship track meet Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.
In the days of specialization of high school athletes, Dorogy is a throwback.
"I'm living that senior year, no regrets model," Dorogy said. "Anything I can do, I do."
Dukes and coaches
Duquese University men's basketball coach Jim Ferry and his staff hope to have some WPIAL-City League players on their roster in coming years. Ferry wants to make a connection with district coaches and have good relationships with them.
So, Ferry and his staff are having a Duquesne Basketball Coaches Roundtable from 6-9 p.m. June 5 at Duquesne's Palumbo Center. The event is a "social" and open to any WPIAL or City League coaches -- freshman to varsity. Cost is $5 and includes refreshments. Coaches can do anything from socialize to hear X's and O's talk from Duquesne's coaches.
"We would just like to reach out and have a connection to the coaches in this area," said Duquesne assistant Rich Glesmann. "We just would like to have a relaxed event where we get to know the area coaches. Maybe a lot of them haven't been on Duquesne's campus or seen the Palumbo Center for years. There doesn't necessarily need to be formal 'chalk talk.' It can be done in a relaxed setting where we just socialize and talk basketball."
Desiree Oliver has yet to play one second of high school basketball, but she already has a scholarship offer from a Division I college.
Oliver is a 5-foot-5 eighth-grader at Linton Middle School in the Penn Hills district. Two weeks ago, she was offered a scholarship by Duquesne University and new coach Dan Burt.
"To be honest, I'm not that surprised," said Penn Hills coach John Tate, who also coaches Oliver in the Bruins AAU program. "Even when Suzie McConnell-Serio was Duquesne's coach, they were at her eighth-grade games. They've really been on her probably since she was a sixth- or seventh-grader."
Obviously, Oliver has talent. But to offer a scholarship to an eighth-grader?
"I'm telling you, she's really good," Tate said. "I've been coaching AAU for almost 10 years and have seen [Hopewell's] Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and some other good ones. As an eighth-grader, she's better than they were. What it translates to in the next four years, I don't know, but she is really good."
There are no rules when colleges can offer a scholarship to an athlete. Offering one to an eighth-grader isn't totally unheard of. Over the past 20 years, colleges have started recruiting players earlier and earlier, and college coaches seem to want to do anything to stay ahead of opponents. A few years ago, Southern California football coach Lane Kiffin offered a scholarship to David Sills, a talented seventh-grade quarterback from Delaware.
As for Oliver, she is expected to attend Penn Hills High School in the fall.
"I hope," Tate said with a laugh.
Where are they now?
A year ago, Bill Stanley set a national high school record in the javelin as a senior at South Park High School. He is now a freshman at Ohio State University and this week was named the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Freshman of the Year.
Stanley has been superb for Ohio State, breaking the school record three times. He recently set the Big Ten championship meet record when he threw 246 feet, 10 inches, one of the top throws in the NCAA this year.