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Boys Basketball: Charleroi emerges as section title hopeful

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Jordan Greer profiles the Charleroi boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"With the 2013-14 basketball season nearing the midpoint, the Charleroi Area boys' team finds itself in a similar position as last season: fighting for the WPIAL Class AA Section 5 title.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 section record, tied for first place with Brownsville, and were 5-3 overall before Wednesday's game at Brownsville.

The team brought back a great deal of experience, having only lost two starters from the 2012-13 campaign, in which Charleroi finished second to California in Section 5-AA.

"We felt we had a very good shot at winning the section [title]," Charleroi coach Bill Wiltz said. "We returned five lettermen, all starters this year, so we felt very confident in this year's team.""

 

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Girls Basketball: Charleroi faces tough test tonight

Written by Joe Koch on .

After four games, the Charleroi High girls basketball team is perfect, winning all four of its contest by double-digit margins. The Cougars began the season with successive victories over Monessen (59-26) and Clairton (64-13) in the Charleroi Tournament. The Cougars followed that up with two more double-digit victories over nonsection rival Jefferson-Morgan (56-35), and they opened Section 5-AA play with a 68-31 victory over Beth-Center.

Tonight, though, Charleroi figures to have its toughest test to date when it travels to Washington High for a section game against the Little Prexies. Washington is 3-1 with victories over Shady Side Academy (40-34), Peters Township (55-51) and Bentworth (68-28). The only blemish on Washington's record was a 50-43 loss to St. Joseph.

The rematch takes place on Jan. 20 at Charleroi.

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Girls Soccer: Charleroi stretched unbeaten streak to 10 games

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Charleroi put itself directly behind the proverbial eight ball after a 1-0 loss to South Allegheny back on September 11, its second section game of the season. But the Cougars responded in a big way, by maintaining a ten-game unbeaten streak that finally game to an end on Thursday with a non-section loss at Class AA Mount Pleasant.

Between the South Allegheny and Mount Pleasant losses, all Charleroi did was shutout three opponents, win nine games and manage a 1-1 draw at South Allegheny. The Cougars flexed their muscles with a 6-0 win at Monessen behind two goals from each Halee Fedrick and Chelsea Anderson. Fedrick even added two assists.

Charleroi has clinched second place in Class A Section 2 with a 9-1-1 record behind only South Allegheny (11-0-1).

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Boys Golf: Charleroi's Riley and four other South players in regional final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Charleroi High senior Gunnar Riley experienced some heartbreak at the WPIAL Class AA boys championship on Sept. 25 at Sewickley Heights Golf Club.

He was tied with Leechburg High senior Matt Barto after regulation after each shot 3-over-par rounds of 75.

Barto, though, birdied the first playoff hole while Riley bogeyed the hole. Riley, though, qualified for the regional championship and will be joined by several other golfers from the region. They include sixth-place finisher Max Kaminsky of Serra Catholic (79), 10th-place finisher Sam Smallhoover of Bishop Canevin (80), 12th-place finisher Dan Vecchio of Serra Catholic (81) and 16th-place finisher Mike Kondratik of Charleroi (84).

Kaminsky is a senior, as is Vecchio. Smallhoover and Kondratik are sophomores.

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Boys Golf: One bad shot costs Charleroi's Riley in playoff

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles Charleroi golfer Gunnar Riley, who placed second at last week's WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship. Click here to read his story.

"Gunnar Riley has enjoyed a solid career playing for the Charleroi Area High School Cougars.

He just wishes he would have been able to replay a crucial second shot that he executed on the par-4, 398-yard No. 10 hole on Sept. 25 at Sewickley Heights Country Club at the WPIAL Class AA Boys Individual Golf Championships.

Riley, who was tied with defending WPIAL champion Matt Barto of Leechburg after both shot 3-over-par rounds of 75, learned he would be playing some bonus golf, and it wasn't long before both teed off.

"Hitting fairways definitely helped [my score]," Riley said. "I didn't hit driver as much as I did [in a practice round], but did hit a bunch of 3-woods and 4-irons off the tee, which put me into play. Whenever I got [on the fairway], I just went for the greens, and I was hitting the spots where I needed to. Some of those pins were tricky, and I just wanted to get on the green and make some putts.""