Softball: Veteran Chartiers-Houston coach notches milestone victory

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Accustomed to celebrating section titles, WPIAL titles and state titles, veteran Chartiers-Houston coach Tricia Alderson had a chance to celebrate a regular-season win on April 17. Her team's ninth win of the season, a 12-5 win at West Greene, was Alderson's 300th career victory. Not bad for a coach who has yet to mourn her 100th career loss. The win over West Greene gave the Chartiers-Houston skipper a 300-96 career record over her 18-plus seasons. She has since improved that to 301-96 and her Buccaneers are looking like a title contender in Class A where they are ranked No. 2 by the Post-Gazette. Overall Chartiers-Houston is 10-0 this season with a 5- record in Section 1-A. They are riding a ten-game winning streak.


Alumni Update - Addy Knetzer (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Addy Knetzer put together a productive day at Saturday's Bethany Invitational, finishing in the top four of three different throwing events.Knetzer Waynesburg


She earned an individual victory in the shot put with a throw of 38-04.75 and added a third-place showing in discus (112-05) and a fourth-place throw in the javelin (102-08).

The Chartiers-Houston graduate earned PAC Field Athlete of the Week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


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)