Volleyball: Chartiers-Houston grad gets taste of international volleyball

Written by Sam Werner on .

Sam Werner profiles Kylee Levers, a Chartiers-Houston graduate who was selected to play in an international U-23 volleyball tournament in Europe.

"It's pretty common for college athletes to put in time over the summer to practice and improve their games.

It's a bit more unusual for that training to take them more than 4,000 miles from home.

But that's the case for Kylee Levers, a Chartiers-Houston graduate and redshirt freshman for Pitt volleyball. Levers traveled to Croatia this week to participate in the European Global Challenge, an international volleyball tournament featuring teams from Israel, Slovenia, Italy and the Czech Republic.

The tournament, which has under-17 and under-23 divisions, allows American collegiate players to get a taste of international experience, which includes different rules and even a slightly different ball than in the NCAA." 


Boys Basketball: Chartiers-Houston star makes his college choice

Written by Brad Everett on .

One of the most accomplished athletes in Chartiers-Houston history has made his college decision.

A.J. Myers committed to North Greenville University last week. Myers will basketball at the Division II school located in Tigerville, S.C. Myers chose North Greenville over Washington & Jefferson and Carlow.

"I chose North Greenville because it's a great fit for me. They treated me like family on my visit and they gave me a great offer and it was hard to pass up," Myers said.

Myers, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, was a four-year starter at Chartiers-Houston and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer. A two-time all-section choice, Myers averaged 23 points per game last season and was named third-team all-state while leading Chartiers-Houston to its first section title. The Bucs finished 19-6 and reached the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals and the first round of the PIAA playoffs.


Alumni Update - Amanda Balzer (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENCASTLE, Ind. –The Allegheny women's track and field team finished third at the 2017 NorthBalzer AC Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.


The Gators enjoyed a solid second day of the Championships, as the team picked up points in 11 different events, earned seven top-three finishes, and saw three athletes earn All-NCAC titles.


On the track, the Gator hurdle tandem of senior Amanda Balzer and freshman Tori Valachovic continued its stellar 2017 season.

Balzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, earned her second NCAC title in the 2017 calendar year, as she placed first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.16 seconds to win by almost a half second.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Softball: Chartiers-Houston's roller-coaster ride continues

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

They were WPIAL Class 1A runner-up last season. After moving to Class 2A this year, the Chartiers-Houston Bucs began the season as the No. 1-ranked team in their new classification. Chartiers-Houston opened its season with a 4-0 win at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Bucs returned home and made it an eight-game winning streak with four more wins.

But then the team went through a rough patch starting with a 7-2 loss to Frazier. They would drop three of five games, an almost unheard of run for coach Tricia Alderson's program. That stretch of 2-3 softball included a season sweep by Frazier who went on to win the section title.

Chartiers-Houston regrouped. It won 21-0 at Beth-Center, 15-0 vs. Burgettstown and 15-2 at Bentworth. The Buccaneers have a chance to ride a four-game winning streak into the playoffs if it can win Tuesday at home against Fort Cherry at 4:15 p.m. With a 13-3 overall record and 7-2 section record, Chartiers-Houston is locked into second place in the section behind Frazier (11-2, 10-0).


Alumni Update - Addy Knetzer (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Back on March 24, the Waynesburg University women's track & field team was theKnetzer Waynesburg unanimous pick to win the 2017 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) outdoor title. Flash ahead to just over a month later and the Yellow Jackets more than validated the 10 league coaches' confidence in their abilities.

Waynesburg not only successfully defended its 2016 crown, but absolutely dominated the field at the Merriman Athletic Complex in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Waynesburg athletes claimed seven individual titles and added nine more top-three finishes as they piled up 184 points, which was 66 more than second-place Westminster.

The Yellow Jackets' latest title made PAC history, as Waynesburg is now the first school to boast conference champions in women's cross country, women's indoor track & field and women's outdoor track & field in the same year. Obviously, the team's ultra-talented distance runner played a major role in claiming the school's newest team trophy.

Junior Addy Knetzer continued her dominance of the PAC Outdoor Championships by claiming her third PAC Field MVP award.

Knetzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, did so after setting a new meet and program record in the shot put thanks to a top heave of 13.40 meters (43-11.75). She also won the discus (37.15 meters, 121-10) and placed fourth in the javelin.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)