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Alumni Update - Tanya Timko (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – IUP women's tennis player Tanya Timko has been named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District® 2 at-largeTimko IUP team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 

The senior psychology major graduated last week with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. This is her first career CoSIDA Academic honor.

 

The Academic All-District® student-athletes are chosen for their combined performances both athletically and in the classroom.

 

Timko, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, has been the Crimson Hawks' top singles and doubles player each of the past two seasons, earning two consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Athlete of the Year awards. She owns a combined record of 47-20 (.701) this year, with 22 singles victories and 25 doubles wins.

 

She was named the Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and owns IUP's three career wins records with 86 singles, 103 doubles and 189 combined victories.

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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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.

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Softball: Chartiers-Houston shares section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In a November team meeting four months before the season began, Chartiers-Houston softball coach Tricia Alderson was explaining the opportunity ahead for her team – three vacant WPIAL semifinal spots.

After a two-year stint in Class AA, the Buccaneers moved back to down Class A this season. The move down happened just as three of the four WPIAL Class A semifinalists from last season moved up to Class AA.

"We talked about it back in November how there was only one team back who made the semis," Alderson said. "And they (Jefferson-Morgan) are in our section. And we felt pretty good about having the majority of our team back too."

Chartiers-Houston is back in a classification it used to rule recently. In its last three years in Class A, Chartiers-Houston won a 2010 state title, a 2011 WPIAL title and a 2012 WPIAL title. In its first year back in Class A, Chartiers-Houston is 15-2 through 17 games and it went 9-1 in Section 1-A to share the section title with Jefferson-Morgan (11-2, 9-1).

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Softball: Return to 'A' a boost for Chartiers-Houston

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Chartiers-Houston softball team.

"In a November team meeting four months before the season began, Chartiers-Houston softball coach Tricia Alderson was explaining the opportunity ahead for her team – three vacant WPIAL semifinal spots.

After a two-year stint in Class AA, the Buccaneers moved back to Class A this season. The drop in classification happened just as three of the four WPIAL Class A semifinalists from last season moved up to Class AA.

"We talked about it back in November how there was only one team back who made the semis," Alderson said. "And that team [Jefferson-Morgan] is in our section. We felt pretty good about having the majority of our team back, too."

Chartiers-Houston is back in a classification it used to rule. In its last three years in Class A before jumping to AA, Chartiers-Houston won a 2010 state title, a 2011 WPIAL title and a 2012 WPIAL title."

 

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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.