PG Athletes Of The Week: Randy Unger, Christine Ehland


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Randy Unger, Bishop Canevin

Last week: Unger had three goals and an assist in a 6-3 victory against Latrobe last Thursday night.

Check this out: In 20 games this hockey season, Unger has 67 points, the top mark for all PIHL classifications. He has 24 goals and 43 assists for the 18-2 Crusaders. Unger, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior, played in only five games for Bishop Canevin last year because he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite travel team. But he has not missed a game this season. Unger's father, Neal, is a former Canevin player, and the family lives in Green Tree.

Your team lost most of its leading scorers from last year. Is this team better than you thought? For sure. We had a lot of young guys come up and help throughout the season. The chemistry of the team has been great.

Why are you playing more for your high school team this year? When I was playing travel, I was always away. We would practice three times a week. I never got to see anyone. My senior year, I decided I want to hang around people around here. I thought it would just be more fun -- and I've been right.

T.J. Oshie a star, or not a star? Definitely a star. He was unreal in the [Olympics] shootout. But not just in the shootout, but throughout the game, too.

Who shovels snow at your house? It depends. Sometimes, my dad does it before I wake up. If not, I'll do it because my mom will yell at me to shovel before someone falls.

People might be surprised to know? I was on [Bishop Canevin's] golf team this year.

Christine Ehland, Mt. Lebanon

Last week: Ehland scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball team to a 63-46 win Saturday against Gateway in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game.

Check this out: Ehland, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, leads Mt. Lebanon in scoring (15.9 points per game) and rebounding (eight per game). She will try to get the No. 2 seed Blue Devils (16-5) into the semifinals for the seventh season in a row today by beating No. 7 Penn-Trafford in the quarterfinal. A three-year starter, Ehland helped Mt. Lebanon win the WPIAL title as a sophomore and was named all-section last season. She has been a part of 19 postseason wins. Her brother, Patrick, is a 6-7 junior center on the Mt. Lebanon boys team.

To win a WPIAL championship, your team must ... Play as a team. When playing as a team and finding open players and pushing the ball, that's when we really have success and can pull away and bury teams.

We know about you and your brother Patrick. Any other tall members of your family? I have an older brother (Matt) who is 6-4. My dad (Matt) is 6-4 and my mom (Mary) is 5-10.

What does the team do or not do that frustrates coach (Dori) Oldaker the most? I think the mental errors frustrate her a lot.

Best athlete at Mt. Lebanon? Probably (football standout and Penn State recruit) Troy Apke.

Favorite song to listen to before a game? We actually have a playlist that we listen to as a team. My favorite song from that is "Timber" with Ke$ha.

Justin Bieber should ... behave and be a better role model.


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