Basketball life did not end for two Xavier Prep players when they graduated and moved on to college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
will be in the spotlight when Cal comes to Tempe on Feb. 28 to face ASU.