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

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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.


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

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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."



Basketball: Former Char Valley star McConnell signs with 76ers

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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.


Basketball: Char Valley grad hopes to hear name called tonight

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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.


Alumni Update - Lindsay Reicoff (California University of Pennsylvania)

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OKLAHOMA CITY – California University of Pennsylvania juniors Lindsay Reicoff and Alex Sagl (Oakville,Reicoff CalU Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar) were both named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans for the second time in their careers and classmate Haley Bashada became the first student-athlete in school history to receive the NCAA Elite 89 Award as part of the NCAA Division II National Championships banquet on Wednesday night at the Will Rogers Theatre.


Reicoff and Sagl both earned NFCA Third-Team All-America status, as the Vulcans have featured at least one NFCA All-American in five-straight seasons and now boast 38 NFCA All-Americans since 1992.


A Chartiers Valley graduate, Reicoff ranks among the top 10 in NCAA Division II with 19 homers, 0.38 homers/ per game and a .859 slugging percentage, all tops in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).