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Lacrosse: Chartiers Valley makes big strides in girls lacrosse

Written by Joe Koch on .

In the past six seasons, the Chartiers Valley High girls lacrosse team has enjoyed a solid run both in Division 2 and Division 1.

The Colts made some serious inroads by appearing in four consecutive WPIAL Division 2 championships. Unfortunately, the Colts lost twice to North Hills by scores of 15-5 and 11-10 in the 2011 and 2012 championship games. They appeared in two more title games in 2013 and 2014, but came up short both times against Shaler by scores of 15-14 and 11-9.

The Colts took a calculated risk by deciding to move up to Division 1 prior to the 2015 season. Surprising some observers, the Colts qualified for the Division 1 playoffs, where they advanced to the semifinals. That's where they fell to Mt. Lebanon, 15-8.

This season, Chartiers Valley once again qualified for the WPIAL tournament, and they advanced to the championship round following victories over Fox Chapel, 15-12, and Pine-Richland, 15-14. In the latter game, the Colts rallied from a deficit to force overtime. Maria Stamerra scored the game-winning goal to send the Colts to their fifth championship game in six years and first in Division 1.

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Baseball: Chartiers Valley grad finds a home in Utah

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Josh Lapiana, who is now a baseball standout at the University of Utah.

"In a do-or-die NCAA Regional this past Sunday, Josh Lapiana was front and center for the University of Utah baseball team.

His powerful left arm got him through 4⅔ innings, but it wasn't enough to stave off highly regarded Tulane in an eventual 4-1 loss in front of 7,751 in Oxford, Miss.

The result was not what the sophomore from Chartiers Valley High had hoped for, but it in no way diminished a Cinderella run for Utah, which won the Pac-12 Conference after being picked to finish last.

The Utes went 9-1 in Lapiana's 10 conference starts and avoided the bottom of the standings for the first time in their five years as a Pac-12 member."

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Baseball: WPIAL champ Chartiers Valley eliminated in first round of state playoffs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Chartiers Valley pulled off three huge upsets to win its first WPIAL Class AAA championship.

At the end of the day, though, the Colts ended up with a disappointing one-game losing streak.

Chartiers Valley (16-8) gave up a key run in the top of the sixth to break the tie as District 6 champion Bellefonte (13-11) came away with a 2-1 victory over the Colts at Fox Chapel. It was a difficult way to end the season after the program's greatest triumph, a 4-3 victory over Blackhawk in the WPIAL championship game.

Bellefonte will play Cathedral Prep in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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Baseball: History cemented, but Chartiers Valley not done yet

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Chartiers Valley baseball team.

2016 0603 CharValley Baseball(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Cole Horew pitches against Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Tuesday at Consol Energy Field. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The Chartiers Valley baseball team played its version of Magic 8 Ball in this year's WPIAL playoffs.

Were the Colts better than a typical No. 8 seed? It is decidedly so.

Did they ever believe they would make an early exit from this postseason? Don't count on it.

Now, are they good enough to follow the first WPIAL title in school history with a PIAA crown? Ask again later."

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Photo Journal: Baseball WPIAL AAA Championship - Chartiers Valley 4, Blackhawk 3 (May 31)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

 

Chartiers Valley and Blackhawk were the finalists for the 2016 WPIAL AAA Championship held Tuesday, May 31 at Consol Energy Field.  Chartiers Valley won their first WPIAL Baseball Championship by defeating Blackhawk 4-3.

click here for video highlights from the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

 

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