Chartiers-Houston 2014 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Ninth-year Chartiers-Houston football coach Tony Fetsko hopes new quarterback Alec Ferrari can live up to his surname when the Bucs take the field this season.

"He has athletic ability and he's intelligent," Fetsko said of the 6-foot, 180-pound senior. "He's able to make plays and use his ability to execute our offense."

Ferrari, a wide receiver two years ago, had to have a rib removed prior to last season when the rib was rubbing up against a vein.

"It's an injury more common with baseball pitchers, and he does pitch for our baseball team," Fetsko said. "He's fine now."


Alumni Update - Amanda Balzer (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MEADVILLE, Pa. - In addition to athletes from nearly 30 schools and all three NCAA classifications, theBalzer AC ninth annual Gator Invitational at the Robertson Athletic Complex also played host to an Olympic gold medalist.

On the track, the Gators' performance was highlighted by the sprinting contingent.  In the 110 hurdles, freshman Amanda Balzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, established a new personal mark of 15.69 seconds, the third-lowest mark in program history and best performance since 2000.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Girls Tennis: Chartiers-Houston grad making a big impact at IUP

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles Chartiers-Houston graduate Tanya Timko, now a standout tennis player at IUP.

"At 5 feet 2, Tanya Timko isn't the type of tennis player who is going to strike fear in her opponent every time she steps onto the court ... and she wouldn't have it any other way.

"They probably get so mad at this little rug rat running all over the court," she said with a laugh. "I think it's an element of surprise. When we line up and do intros, and they announce 'Playing No. 1, Tanya Timko' and I step out, I don't look very intimidating. It's very psychological.

"It's not something I do on purpose, it's just who I am. I think it works in my favor because people get frustrated about it."

Timko has been frustrating opponents since she stepped onto the Indiana campus of IUP two years ago and was named PSAC West freshman of the year and first-team All-PSAC West in singles."



Alumni Update - Tanya Timko (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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IUP's Tanya Timko had another perfect week for the Crimson Hawks, going a combined 6-0 in three IUPTimko IUP matches. All three of her singles wins came against ranked opponents. The highlight victory came against Slippery Rock's Nikolina Grbac, who entered the matchup with a perfect 10-0 mark against Division II opponents.

Timko, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, also defeated Ashland's Zdenka Pozo and Chestnut Hill's Charlotte Dawson. She also paired with Erika Schnaas to go 3-0 in No. 1 doubles play, including 2-0 against regionally-ranked opponents. The ranked wins came over Slippery Rock's Grbac and Joumond and Chestnut Hill's Dawson and Deleval.

Her performance earned her PSAC West Tennis Athlete of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)


Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers-Houston's Miles Williamson

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Miles Williamson
School: Chartiers-Houston
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Williamson, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Chartiers-Houston to its first ever postseason win, 66-60 against Charleroi in a WPIAL Class AA preliminary-round game Saturday. Williamson tallied a season-high 26 points earlier in the week in the regular-season finale against Carmichaels. The Bucs (17-6) will take on No. 4 Aliquippa (16-5) in a first-round game Wednesday at Moon. Williamson is also a terrific football player. He was an all-conference wide receiver the last two seasons and will play next season at IUP.