Chartiers-Houston 2015 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

With what he termed a solid work ethic coming from his 33-player roster heading into the first week of practice, Chartiers-Houston coach Terry Fetsko had an optimistic view heading into the 2015 season. The Buccaneers were 5-5 last season, 4-3 in the Black Hills Conference), and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

"I love our work attitude and the way they've been working over the summer," Fetsko said. "I think our skill people are going to be strong, but we'll have to replace a few people on the line."

Top returnees include A.J. Myers (6-1, 185, Jr., WR), who caught 25 passes for 303 yards and tied with kicker Mike Cushma (5-9, 150, Sr.) as the team's leading scorer with 38 points. Cushma showed his mettle with 11 extra points and nine field goals. Ethan Shober (6-1, 170, Sr.) caught eight passes for 80 yards at wide receiver a year ago and will also play defensive back. Dylan Briggs (5-9, 160, Sr.) will be a running back and starting defensive back. Trey Lober (6-2, 270, Jr.) and Logan Bayer (6-2, 245, Sr.) will anchor the offensive line at the tackles.


Tennis: Char-Houston grad piles up honors in final year at IUP

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Chartiers-Houston graduate Tanya Timko, who is now a standout tennis player at IUP.

"In describing herself, Tanya Timko offered to a reporter, "I'm almost a perfectionist."

It was a revealing self-portrayal that brought to mind the famed Vince Lombardi quote, in which the former Green Bay Packers coach asserted, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."

Truer words could not have been spoken in depicting the athletic/academic career Timko authored at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This Chartiers-Houston High School graduate was excellence personified.

"Never coached anyone like her — not with her success on the court and in the classroom," said IUP tennis coach Larry Peterson, who just completed his sixth season at the NCAA Division II school. "One of a kind.""



Alumni Update - Tanya Timko (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Eight finalists have been named for the 2014-15 IUP Men's and Women's Athlete of the Year. The award is given eachTimko IUP year to the top men's and women's student-athlete at IUP. This year's winners will be announced on Thursday, June 4.


The finalists are made up of four men and four women, and include: men's basketball senior Devante Chance (Philadelphia, Pa. /Electrical & Technology Charter); football junior Kevin Clarke; men's golf junior Kenneth Sames; baseball senior Ryan Uhl; women's soccer senior Brittney Kuhns; women's basketball senior Lindsay Stamp; women's tennis senior Tanya Timko; and women's lacrosse junior Amy Weinberg.

The group includes four All-Americans, four PSAC Athletes of the Year and seven All-Region award winners. Six competed in the PSAC postseason and four played on teams that advanced to NCAA Championships.


Timko, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, ends her collegiate career as the most accomplished player in IUP women's tennis history. She's been named the PSAC West Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons - the only player in program history to earn the award more than once - and owns the school's three career wins records of 86 singles, 103 doubles and 189 combined victories.



Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL A Championship - Chartiers-Houston vs. Jefferson-Morgan (May 28)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL Softball Championships were held at Lilley Field at California University, Thursday, May 28, 2015.  In the A game Chartiers-Houston faced Jefferson-Morgan.  Jefferson-Morgan won the title defeating Chartiers-Houston 3-2.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers-Houston's Kaitlyn Dittrich

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Kaitlyn Dittrich
School: Chartiers-Houston
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Chartiers-Houston coach Tricia Alderson debuted a freshman pitcher this season. Alderson had a number of options including senior Kassie Kesneck, the team's starting pitcher last season. But Alderson had all the confidence in the world in Dittrich and she knew that if the freshman could handle things in the pitching circle, the Buccaneers would be a stronger team with Kesneck in centerfield where she was a former all-section player. Dittrich is 10-1 through her first 11 decisions. Dittrich was the hard luck loser in a 1-0 loss to Jefferson-Morgan. She fired one-hitter but unfortunately the Jefferson-Morgan pitcher fired a no-hitter.