Our Lady Of Loreto
State Champions (1983-1984)
1984 State Champions - Loreto Lady Lions
Front Row: Alisa Favero, Cathy Doyle, Melissa Talak, Michelle Little,
Maureen McConnell, Tina Vezendy, Michelle Talak.
Loreto Wins State Title
Our Lady of Loreto grade school girl's basketball team captured the state Catholic Youth Organization championship title Sunday by defeating St. Joseph of York, 37-29, in the title game.
The Loreto Lions, coached by Dan Kail, jumped to a 6-0 lead and never lost control of the game. The St. Joseph team, whick represented the Diocese of Harrisburg, pulled within eight, 32-24, early in the final quarter.
But Loreto, which captured the Diocese of Pittsburgh championship earlier in the month, refused to yield the lead in the final game of the three-day tournament, played at Seton-LaSalle High School.
Providing critical points during the game was Alisa Favero, a 5-2 eighth grade guard, who used aggressive ball control to score 14 points.
High scorer for Loreto during the championship and the state series was Maureen McConnell, a 4-11 guard who is a seventh grader.
"Duba," as she is called by her friends, used her superior outside shooting skills to give the Lions 17 points against St. Joseph, 12 points against Our Mother of Sorrows of Johnstown and 15 points in the opening contest with St. John the Baptist of Erie.
The well-rounded Lions squad, which finished the year at 36-2, includes Cathy Doyle, Michelle Little, Colleen McDermott, Sherri Ray, Michelle Talak, Melissa Talak and Tina Vezendy. The team defeated the Johnstown squad, 33-22, on Saturday and edged Erie, 34-32, on Friday night.
Finishing third in the 10th annual state tourney was Johnstown; the Philadelphia disocese representative placed fourth.
Kail said he knew the Brookline school team would do well this season. "But I didn't expect (to be of championship caliber) until the end of the regular season, when we started to develop as a team."
Kail's team won the state championship title four years ago. And four of the five starters from the 1980 team - Lisa Heuer, Kathy McConnell, Kim Kollinger and Suzie McConnell - were present to watch this year's triumph.
* Reprinted from the Brookline Journal - March, 1984 *
NOTE: The Loreto Lady Lions were honored by Pittsburgh City Council for their outstanding achievement in capturing the state championship with City Council Resolution #284, sponsored by Councilman Jack Wagner. The entire squad was honored in Council chambers, when the players were presented with their citation. Along with Resurrection's Varsity basketball team and Seton-LaSalle's girl's Varsity basketball team, which featured several former Loreto graduates, the community of Brookline picked up three state championships in the year 1984, making it truly a "Community of Champions."
* Material provided by Michelle Talak *
Our Lady of Loreto added to Brookline's reputation as community of champions, winning the state girl's basketball title. Team members are, from left: Michelle Little, Cathy Doyle, Michelle Talak, Maureen McConnell, Alisa Favero, Sherri Ray, Tina Vezendy and Colleen McDermott. Missing from photo is Melissa Talak.
1984 State Champion Loreto Lady Lions
gather in City Council chambers to receive
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