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DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Oltrogge, McIntosh make progress in college hoops

Basketball life did not end for two Xavier Prep players when they graduated and moved on to college.

Forward Montana Oltrogge (XCP class of 2018) and point guard Leilani McIntosh (class of 2019) are doing well at their respective landing spots, Idaho State and the University of California-Berkeley.

The 6-foot Oltrogge helped Xavier earn a 6A Conference state runner-up finish and now is usually the first player called off the bench by ISU coach Seton Sobolewski, who is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and was an assistant coach at Coconino High in Flagstaff and Yavapai (junior) College In Prescott.

Idaho State was 2-2 in its first four games and plays a home game in Pocatello, Idaho, on Monday night (Nov. 25) against Montana Tech. Xavier supporters and other area fans will be able to get a first-hand look at Oltrogge on Dec. 8 when ISU pays a visit to Desert Financial Arena in Tempe to play Arizona State.

Now a sophomore, Oltrogge averaged 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds as a freshman. Through her first four games of her second season, Oltrogge was averaging 17.3 minutes per game along with 8 points and 3.3 rebounds in her first four games.

After helping Xavier to another runner-up finish last season, McIntosh’s journey to Berkeley began with a brief stop at Pepperdine University.

The 5-5 McIntosh had signed a letter of intent with the school, but was released from it after head coach Delisha Milton-Jones resigned and went on to become an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Syracuse University.

Meanwhile, long-time Cal assistant Charmin Smith took over the Bears’ program and was well aware of McIntosh’s background. McIntosh moved up the California coast and already is becoming a force as a freshman.

Cal also had a 2-2 record through Friday (Nov. 22) and plays a home game against Arkansas on Sunday (Nov. 24).

McIntosh has started all four games and leads Cal in minutes played, along with dishing out 11 assists, averaging 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and collecting 11 steals on the defensive side.

She, too, will be in the spotlight when Cal comes to Tempe on Feb. 28 to face ASU.

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