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Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Alexa Golden, Chartiers Valley

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Alexa Golden
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Alexa is a three-year starter who missed her junior season because of a knee injury. This year, the co-captain is averaging 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.6 steals per game and is averaging 84 percent from the free-throw line. Alexa already has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the women's basketball team at Kent State University where she plans to major in Criminal Justice.

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Varsity Xtra: Chartiers Valley's McConnell making his own mark

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Chartiers Valley basketball standout Matty McConnell.

"The bed is still in Matty McConnell's old room on the second floor at his family home in Collier, but it's more a place for storage now, with clothes piled on the mattress. Matty decided a few years ago to take over his older brother's room across the hall when T.J. McConnell left for college.

But Matty doesn't just sleep in his brother's bed. He now walks in T.J.'s footsteps.

Five years ago, T.J. took his basketball game to another level as a senior at Chartiers Valley High School and had a season for the WPIAL ages. Matty is now a senior at Chartiers Valley and following a similar path.

Matty, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard, leads the WPIAL in scoring at 30.9 points a game. Only 16 WPIAL players in the past 30 years have averaged 30 points or more for the regular season. One of them was T.J., who averaged 34 in 2009-10, his senior season."

 

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Boys Basketball: Rested Chartiers Valley ready for run

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team.

"Christmas break presented Chartiers Valley's boys basketball team with exactly what coach Tim McConnell knew his players needed -- an intermission of sorts from their schedule.

"It really was a blessing in disguise," McConnell said. "From Dec. 23 until Jan. 5, we didn't have any games but we did have some really good practices and time to correct some things."

Chartiers Valley entered its holiday break off a four-point Class AAAA Section 4 loss to Upper St. Clair. But the Colts quickly rebounded after their break by winning four section games in a row to remain toward the top of the standings.

After a 90-76 win Friday night at Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley improved to 11-2 overall and 6-1 against section opponents while being ranked No. 3 by the Post-Gazette in Class AAAA."

 

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Men's Basketball: Chartiers Valley grad a force at Seton Hill

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Spencer Casson, who is now a standout basketball player at Seton Hill.

"The only person blocking Spencer Casson's success on the basketball court these days is, well, Spencer Casson.

Casson, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound redshirt freshman center, got off to a very slow start at Seton Hill but has rapidly established himself as one of the premiere shot blockers in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

A Chartiers Valley graduate from Presto, Casson had a difficult time adjusting to the speed of play at the NCAA Division II level and played sparingly through the first six games. In four of those six games, he played fewer than 10 minutes and averaged just 9.5 minutes per contest.

"He was developing," said coach Tony Morocco, in his 12th season with the Griffins. "He was behind in certain areas physically and he was learning the system and learning how to do things to compete at this level. He was just a young kid, very, very green.""

 

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Alumni Update - Kayla Dames (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESSON, Pa -  With 1.1 seconds remaining and the Bobcats trailing 52-51, an inbound play under the Mounties' basket would decideDames PGU everything in Monday's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest. Amanda Estok found Kayla Dames with the pass as she peeled off a well set screen and positioned herself on the left side of the paint.  

Dames, a Chartiers Valley graduate, would go up and convert the contested last second layup, giving Pitt-Greensburg a thrilling 53-52 conference victory.

The win moves the Bobcats into sole possession of third place as they improve to 6-3 in the AMCC and 10-6 on the season while Mount Aloysius drops to 3-6 in conference play and 6-8 overall.

Dame's game winning bucket would give her 10 points on the night.

 

(photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg University)