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Chartiers Valley 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Colts have struggled in coach Niel Loebig's first two seasons. They had a 1-8 overall record in 2013 and a 2-7 mark last season, finishing near the bottom of the Parkway Conference both years.

"This is my third year, and this senior class has been with me three years," Loebig said. "We made strides last year, but it didn't show in the win column. We took a step forward and want to continue making strides this year. We only lost four players who contributed last year, so we have a large group of kids who either started or saw some time in the starting lineup."

The top returnee is quarterback Jake Collins (6-2, 185, Sr., QB), who completed 51 of 108 passes for 741 yards while rushing for 567 yards on 119 carries.

"Jake is very athletic and very mobile," said Loebig, who played quarterback at South Fayette and Duquesne University. "He has taken a leadership role and worked very hard in the offseason to get ready for his senior year. He will surprise a lot of people this year."

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Basketball: Char Valley grad ends one NBA summer league, begins another

Written by Brad Everett on .

T.J. McConnell is getting his first taste of the NBA this summer, and so far the results have been very positive.

The Chartiers Valley grad went undrafted last month, but quickly signed a summer contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. McConnell and the 76ers took part in the Utah Summer League July 6-9, and are now playing the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs July 10-20.

McConnell, a 6-foot-1 point guard, started all three of his team's games in Salt Lake City and averaged 28.7 minutes per contest. Just as they were at the University of Arizona, McConnell's numbers were very well rounded. He averaged 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists per game. He also averaged three turnovers a game.

In Las Vegas, McConnell has seen his minutes drop. He came off the bench and played 14 minutes Saturday in the team's opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. He did not score, but did chip in two rebounds and two assists.

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2015 South Female Athlete of the Year - Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the South Xtra Female Athlete of the Year, Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman.

"Doe Krug knows diving.

Krug, along with her husband, Julian, are co-head coaches at the Pitt Aquatic Club, parents of an Olympic diver, and considered two of the nation's premier coaches of the sport.

So when Doe Krug gives high praise to star pupil Maria Lohman, it certainly shouldn't be taken lightly.

"She has the potential to be an Olympian," Krug said."

 

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Basketball: Former Char Valley star McConnell signs with 76ers

Written by Brad Everett on .

T.J. McConnell was not selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft, but when the draft concluded, it didn't take long for an NBA team to pick him up.

Early this morning, McConnell, a 2010 Chartiers Valley graduate, signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. McConnell was reportedly offered an NBA mininum contract that would pay him six-figures even if he doesn't make the team.

McConnell, who began his college career at Duquesne before spending his final two seasons at Arizona, will play with the 76ers in the NBA Summer League. The team will compete in the Utah league in Salt Lake City July 6-9 and the Las Vegas league July 10-20. One of McConnell's teammates will be Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

Should McConnell not make the 76ers, he reportedly will receive his guaranteed money and be free to sign with any other team. He can also go to the D-League and would be able to be called up by any team.

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Basketball: Char Valley grad hopes to hear name called tonight

Written by Brad Everett on .

A WPIAL alum has not heard his name called in the NBA Draft in 18 years.

There's an outside chance that could change tonight.

Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell had outstanding high school and college careers, and now hopes to take the next step by playing in the NBA.

McConnell, a 6-foot-1 point guard who played his final two college seasons at the University of Arizona, could be one of the 60 players picked tonight. McConnell reportedly opened eyes at the NBA Draft Combine, and had private workouts with a number of teams, including the Spurs and Lakers.