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Softball: Chartiers-Houston's run comes to an end in PIAA first round

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Since returning to Class A last season, Chartiers-Houston has established itself as one of the stalwart programs in the classification. It has snatched one of the three PIAA bids from Class A out of the WPIAL the last two seasons and in three of the last four. Now the Buccaneers will look for a way to get over the first-round stumbling block. Since reaching the state semifinals in 2012, Chartiers-Houston has failed to move beyond the PIAA first round.

In 2013, the Buccaneers won a third-place consolation game in Class AA to reach the state tournament where it fell, 4-1, to Phillipsburg-Osceola in the first round. They were back in the state playoffs last season after finishing as WPIAL Class A runner-up, but lost to West Branch, 5-2, in the PIAA first round. This year was a similar ending. The WPIAL Class A runner-up Buccaneers fell to District 6 champion Conemaugh Valley on Monday at Penn State University. They lost by the score of 12-7. It was their second consecutive defeat and second straight game allowing 12 runs, tied for the most they allowed all season. Overall, Chartiers-Houston finished with a 14-9 record.

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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL A Championship - Chartiers-Houston vs. West Greene (June 3)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Chartiers-Houston and West Greene meet in the WPIAL A Championship, Friday, June 3, 2016 at California University's Lilly Field.  West Greene wins the championship 12-3.

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

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Softball: Chartiers-Houston looks to rebound from WPIAL title disappointment

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Things simply came undone for Chartiers-Houston in the WPIAL Class A final. Playing against a regular-season nemesis they were 0-2 against, in front of a partisan West Greene crowd, the Buccaneers surrendered runs in every inning except one. In the end it was West Greene (23-1) lifting the Class A trophy with a dominant 12-3 win. The 12 runs were the most scored in a Class A final since the classification was formed in 1999.

Chartiers-Houston (14-8) will have to put all of that behind them as it prepares to enter the state playoffs. The Buccaneers will travel to Penn State University on Monday to play District 6 champion Conemaugh Valley at 4:30 p.m. Chartiers-Houston hopes it can rediscover its form from early in the playoffs. It defeated Leechburg, 9-4, in the WPIAL first round and took advantage of four errors in a 9-1 win over Shenango in the quarterfinals. Kaitlyn Dittrich was sensational in the WPIAL semifinals, firing a three-hitter and hitting a double in the Buccaneers' 3-1 win over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

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Alumni Update - Addy Knetzer (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A pair of Waynesburg University women's track & field standouts were recently applauded byKnetzer Waynesburg the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their efforts this past spring. Rising junior Addy Knetzer and rising senior Katie Latimer were recognized as members of the USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region squad.

Knetzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, qualified for the award in the shot put, won her second-straight PAC Field MVP award as the Yellow Jackets were crowned team champions for the second time in four years.

Knetzer set the school record in the event (13.06 meters) earlier this year and owns five of the top six marks in program history. She is the two-time defending PAC champion in the shot and is also one of Waynesburg's top performers in both the javelin and discus.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Alumni Update - Dylan Pounds (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY -  For the second time this season, Pitt-Greensburg's Dylan Pounds has been selected as the Allegheny MountainPounds PGU Collegiate Conference's Pitcher of the Week.

Pounds, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, picked up two saves along with a complete game victory to help the Bobcats to a 4-1 week. Pounds picked up a save in Monday's 8-7 triumph over Bethany then opened AMCC play by earning the save in a 7-6 win over Penn State Altoona.  

Pounds then followed up with a complete game 3-2 victory over conference rival Penn State Behrend on Saturday. For the week, Pounds threw 9.1 innings allowing just two runs while picking up six strikeouts.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)