Girls Basketball: Chartiers-Houston points to future

Written by Joe Koch on .

It's hard to look ahead when a team has just seen its season come to the end in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

But that finish -- a 69-49 loss to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals -- likely will be a springboard for coach Laura Montecalvo and her Bucs.

The team finished with a 19-10 overall record and were third in Section 3-AA. Ousted by one section opponent, Bishop Canevin, the Crusaders meet the section champions, Seton-LaSalle, in the semifinals on Tuesday. In section play, the Bucs had a record of 8-4 that put them in third place behind the Rebels and the Crusaders.

Few believed the Bucs would accomplish much with a lineup that featured 13 underclass athletes on a 17-player roster. Two of the team's most significant contributors were ninth-graders Alexa Williamson and Jules Vulcano.


Alumni Update - Kim Miller (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Kim Miller was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American and three-time all-conference third baseman for the softball team from 2001-2004.


A member of four PSAC West championship teams, Miller helped Cal U make four-consecutive NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearances with two trips to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament Championship.


During her career, Cal U softball compiled a 126-35 cumulative overall record and a 72-8 PSAC West mark. She started and played in 159 of 161 games during her collegiate career.


She is the 15th softball player to be inducted into the Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame and played under current Cal U softball coach and 2013 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee Rick Bertagnolli.


Miller, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, was understandably thrilled when the veteran coach called her about making the Hall of Fame.



Alumni Update - Tanya Timko (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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GREENSBURG, PA – The 46th-ranked IUP women's tennis team opened the spring portion of its 2014-15 schedule with a 9-0 victory overTimko IUP conference opponent Seton Hill at the Greensburg Raquet Club on Sunday night.


The victory was the first dual match of the year for the Crimson Hawks, who played in four different individual tournaments in the fall.


The first decision of 2015 came from Rachel Wood (Nottingham, U.K./West Bridgrord) and Alanna McFail (Fort Washington, Md. /St. John's College ), who scored an 8-2 win at the third doubles spot. Raquel Gonzalez (San Sebastian, Spain/Colegio Sagrado Corazon) and newcomer Jarmila Petercakova (Bratislava, Slovakia/Sport Gymnasium) followed with an 8-2 win at second doubles while Tanya Timko and Abby McCormick (Bethel Park, Pa. /Bethel Park) teamed for an 8-6 win at the top spot.


Timko, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, won 7-5, 6-1 at number one, her 72nd career singles victory, tied for third all-time in program history.

She's now just 10 wins away from becoming IUP's all-time leader in singles victories.


(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)


Boys Basketball: Chartiers-Houston senior scores

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Marky Billson profiles Chartiers-Houston basketball standout Alec Ferrari.

"There is always a mixed school of thought when a point guard is the leading scorer on a basketball team.

The team is thankful for the points, but a point guard who is a team's leading scorer is something like a quarterback who is the team's leading rusher. Isn't the primary duty of the position to give his teammates the ball?

Chartiers-Houston senior point guard Alec Ferrari is the Buccaneers' leading scorer, averaging 22.5 points per game (through Monday) on a team fighting for a playoff berth. This average was aided considerably on Jan. 13 when Ferrari set a Chartiers-Houston record by scoring 45 points in a 69-56 victory at home against Fort Cherry, breaking the decade-old mark of 44 held by Brendan Cypher.

But you won't hear any complaining from Bucs coach Eugene Briggs. After graduation attrition transformed Chartiers-Houston from a veteran post-orientated team to an inexperienced one with four guards this season, he encouraged Ferrari to improvise."



Girls Basketball: First-year Chartiers-Houston coach optimistic

Written by Joe Koch on .

First-year coach Laura Montecalvo has had a fair amount of success in her initial season at Chartiers-Houston with a 10-5 record 15 games into the season.

There have been, however, some bumps in the road as the Bucs head into today's home section game with Brentwood. The Bucs ran into a buzz-saw on Saturday afternoon in the form of Vincentian Academy. When it was over, the Bucs absorbed an 86-43 defeat.

The bright spot, though, was the performance of 6-1 freshman center Alexa Williamson, who led Chartiers-Houston with 23 points.

"I'm pleased with her, but even more pleased with the potential that she has," Montecalvo said. Williamson was paired up with Vincentian's Brenna Wise, a Pitt recruit who is closing in on the 2,000-point mark in her stellar career with the Royals.