Basketball: Chartiers Valley's McConnell works at craft

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell, a standout player at the University of Arizona who recently competed in the Nike Point Guard Skills Academy.

"Just as he has done ever since he can remember, T.J. McConnell is using his summer break to play as much basketball as possible, commuting from his parents' Collier home to play in pickup games throughout the area.

Oh, yeah ... he's spent some time playing with a few NBA standouts and some of the top college point guards in the country, too.

McConnell, a 2010 Chartiers Valley High School graduate, continues to work hard on his game after bursting onto the national scene last season as the starting point guard at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight.

Last week, McConnell participated in the invitation-only Nike Point Guard Skills Academy at Kean University in New Jersey. The three-day instructional camp included 13 college and 19 high school point guards."



Basketball: Char Valley grad McConnell playing at elite camp

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell is putting his summer break to good use.

McConnell, who will be a senior point guard at the University of Arizona, is attending the invitation-only Nike Skills Academy at Kean University in New Jersey this week. McConnell was one of 13 college point guards selected to participate in the Elite Point Guard Camp. Pitt's James Robinson was also picked.

The event is run by former NBA head coach John Lucas and features instruction from several current NBA standouts. All-Star Kyrie Irving is the headliner and is joined by Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke. There is also a Big Man Camp taking place at the same location. NBA players Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are helping out with that one.

In addition to McConnell and Robinson, the other college players at the point guard camp are West Virginia's Juwan Staten, Wichita State's Fred VanFleet, Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos, Stanford's Chasson Randle, Louisville's Terry Rozier, Oregon's Joseph Young, Texas' Isaiah Taylor, UAB's Chad Frazier, Utah's Deion Wright, Kansas State's Marcus Foster and Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead. There were also 19 high school players selected.


Girls Lacrosse: Chartiers Valley with more heartbreak in title game

Written by Joe Koch on .

A year ago, Chartiers Valley staged a big rally in the WPIAL Division 2 championship game twice delayed by lighting at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium only to fall short by one goal. Under ideal conditions Thursday night at picturesque Highmark Stadium, the Colts again rallied against Shaler only to fall short, 11-9. For Chartiers Valley coach Julie Gould, this loss was just as take as the one suffered 12 months ago.

"This was a hard pill to swallow," said Gould, noting that her team scored four goals in a row at the outset of the second half to tie the game at 8-8 on a goal by Hope Tornabene with 21:05 left in the game.

But a stellar defensive effort by Shaler kept the Colts off the scoreboard until there was just 3:49 left in the game when Maria Stamerra's length of the field effort run resulted in a goal that cut the Shaler lead to 11-9. The Colts had several more chances in the game's waning moments, but they couldn't convert. Gould believed her team didn't apply maximum effort.

"We weren't on, and we weren't playing our hearts out," she said. "We weren't playing our game at all."


Alumni Update - Lindsay Reicoff (California University of Pennsylvania)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Vulcans recently led NCAA Division II with five players earning NationalReicoff CalU Faspitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first-team all-region status and tied for second in the country with five overall selections.


Senior second baseman Shelby Lia (Whitby, Ontario/Donald A. Wilson), junior shortstop Breanna Morris (Waynesburg, Pa./Waynesburg Central), sophomore first baseman Lindsay Reicoff (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), sophomore pitcher Alex Sagl (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar) and senior catcher Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, Ontario/Streetsville Secondary) each received all-region status from the organization for at least the second time in their career. All five players are now eligible for selection to one of the three NFCA All-America teams, which will be announced later this month.

A NFCA All-American as a freshman, Reicoff, a Chartiers Valley graduate, led the team and ranked among the top five in the PSAC with 10 homers and 39 RBI. She posted a .367 average (51-for-139) with six homers and 39 RBI while starting every game for the second-straight year. Reicoff is already tied for seventh in program history with 23 homers over the last two seasons.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)