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Track: Chartiers Valley’s Nelson leaps to excellent start

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chartiers Valley senior Jared Nelson is expected to push for a top-three finish at WPIALs and a state championship berth. So far, so good.

Nelson had a fine day at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational two weekends ago, winning the long jump and triple jump. His leap in the long jump (19-11) edged Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Kimball (19-6 1/2). Nelson placed seventh in the long jump at last year's WPIALs. Nelson had a winning leap of 41-8 at Mt. Lebanon, topping a field that included second-place finisher Brendan Todd of Bethel Park, who jumped 38-8 1/4.

Another Chartiers Valley athlete shining at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational was freshman Elias Zajicek, who claimed the title in the 800-meter run. Senior Sean Parenti won the 400 and was the runner up in the 100. Freshman Aaron Tate was third in the 110 hurdles.

For the girls, senior Amy MacFarlane paced Chartiers Valley by finishing third in the 400. Senior Molly Beattie tied for third in the 300 hurdles.

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Basketball: Char Valley grad McConnell grateful for the NBA 'experience'

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Mike White profiles Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"PHILADELPHIA — T.J. McConnell had just finished a recent game with the Philadelphia 76ers when he and his father, a few family members and some friends decided to visit an establishment within walking distance of Wells Fargo Center. T.J. was first to the door when a worker announced there was a $10 cover charge, but free admittance with a 76ers ticket stub.

"He played," said Tim McConnell, pointing at his son.

The worker still wanted $10.

"No, you don't understand. He played in the game," Tim McConnell tried to reason."

 

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers Valley’s Brady Gulakowski

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Name: Brady Gulakowski
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop/Catcher/Pitcher

Background: Gulakowski has been a fixture in the Chartiers Valley lineup since his freshman season. He often plays shortstop, but sometimes moves over to catcher and even sees time on the mound. Gulakowski, who bats second in the lineup, had the game-winning RBI double in last Friday's 1-0 win against Seneca Valley. He doubled twice in a season-opening win against Canon-McMillan. Gulakowski originally committed to Pitt, but has since reopened his recruitment, according to coach Jim Jaskowski. Colleges are recruiting him to play catcher.

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Baseball: Char Valley’s Flohr a difference maker on the diamond, too

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Most local high school sports fans are familiar with Eddie Flohr's name because of his basketball talents.

But did you know Flohr is also an excellent baseball player?

Flohr, a senior, is a three-year starter for Chartiers Valley, which will take a 5-2 record into today's Class AAA Section 3 opener against Montour. Flohr splits time between second base and the outfield. He is the team's No. 9 hitter and does a lot of damage with his speed and athletic ability.

"He's a kid that gives us a lot of flexibility," Chartiers Valley coach Jim Jaskowski said. "He plays some outfield as well as second base. Eddie is a rare player. He's a phenomenal baserunner. As a hitter he's dangerous and he's dangerous as a runner with his ability to take a game over with his legs. That's a great weapon to have on any team."

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Track: Chartiers Valley freshman trying to make a name for himself

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Not many freshmen make an impact at the very start of their high school track careers.

Chartiers Valley's Elias Zajicek hopes to become one of the exceptions.

Zajicek earned the gold medal in the 800 at last Saturday's Mt. Lebanon Invitational. Zajicek finished in 2:04.66, which narrowly edged out Greensburg Salem's Frankie King, who had a time of 2:04.86.

Zajicek was one of two ninth-grade boys to take home individual gold medals at the event. The other was Greensburg Salem's Victor Kemp, who claimed the title in the 200.