Alumni Update - Kayla Dames (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa - The Pitt-Greensburg women's basketball team picked up their first conference win of the season afterDames PGU dispatching with Penn State Altoona, 62-52.

The Bobcats would use a well balanced attack and some solid defense to even their record at 4-4 and 1-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Lions now fall to 2-6 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.

Four Bobcats would finish the game scoring in double figures. Kayla Dames, a Chartiers Valley graduate, would lead the way with 16 points, which included 3-4 (75%) from three, and team highs in rebounds, 14 and steals, five.


(photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg University)


Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Maria Lohman
High School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Diving

Background: Chartiers Valley senior diver Maria Lohman has won championships on multiple levels. She won a WPIAL Class AA title as a freshman and after Chartiers Valley moved up to Class AAA, she won back-to-back WPIAL titles in the highest classification of the district. Lohman has also captured PIAA Class AAA titles as a sophomore and junior. She still has her senior year to go but Lohman will soon be setting her sights on another title, the ACC Championship. Lohman has made a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina where she will begin swimming for the 2015-16 season.


Swimming: WVU recruit Damich ready for big senior year at Chartiers Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Chartiers Valley senior Drew Damich has established himself as the premier distance freestyler in WPIAL Class AA, by the slightest of margins. He has dueled with another senior, West Allegheny's Jarod Kehl, over the years. Last year at WPIALs, Damich won gold in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle winning the 200 freestyle by 0.26 seconds and winning the 500 freestyle by 1.08. He has also captured PIAA gold as a sophomore. A new immediate challenge awaits Damich this year. He will no longer be challenged by Kehl for WPIAL and PIAA gold, but rather a slew of distance freestylers in Class AAA where Chartiers Valley will compete next season. The Chartiers Valley girls team had been competing in the WPIAL's highest classification for the past two seasons and now the boys join them.

While the immediate challenge of Class AAA is right in front of Damich and his teammates, there is another challenge down the road. Next season Damich will make another jump, from WPIAL Class AAA to the Big 12 Conference. He recently committed to West Virginia University where he will compete for the Mountaineers, a Big 12 and NCAA finalist last season. Damich swims out of the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club.