Alumni Update - Colleen Bodnar (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GRAND LAKE, Colo. –The Allegheny College lacrosse team garnered accolades from the Intercollegiate Women'sBodnar AC Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for its excellence in the classroom as the Gators were one of 275 schools across NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA named Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads for the 2015-16 academic year.


To qualify for the honor, a team must post a grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) for the academic year. Allegheny was one of five North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) programs to receive the award, joining Denison, Kenyon, Wittenberg, and Wooster.


In addition, seniors Eleni Brown and Colleen Bodnar were named to the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.


After playing 25 games between her freshman and sophomore seasons, Bodnar served as a student assistant during the 2016 campaign.

Bodnar, a Chartiers Valley graduate, majors in neuroscience and has a psychology minor.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Basketball: Chartiers Valley grad back playing with the 76ers

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Those already missing the NBA can turn on ESPN2 tonight to watch the top two picks in last month's draft go head to head.

A former WPIAL star will be out there flashing his talents, as well.

After a solid rookie season, T.J. McConnell returns for the Philadelphia 76ers and is playing for the team in the Las Vegas Summer League, which began yesterday. The 76ers, which feature No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, will square off against the Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram at 8:30 p.m.

The 76ers also competed in the brief Utah Summer League this past week. McConnell, a Chartiers Valley graduate, played in two of the team's three games and averaged eight points, five rebounds, five assists and three turnovers.


Alumni Update - Jake Horew (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University shortstop Jake Horew capped off his strong junior season by being named NAIA Baseball Honorable Mention All-American.

Horew, a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, made the list of national honorees announced earlier this week by the NAIA.

Horew led the Pioneers in many categories both offensively and defensively and also did some pitching. He started all 52 games for Point Park (28-24, 20-8 KIAC) and batted .392 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs, all of which led the team.

On top of his eight home runs, Horew totaled 17 doubles and two triples as 27 of his 67 total hits went for extra bases. That resulted in KIAC-best slugging percentage of .655.

Horew also had a great season in the defensively with a .974 fielding percentage. That was after only four errors in 52 games at shortstop.



Alumni Update – Christian Kuntz (Duquesne)

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Duquesne University senior linebacker Christian Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was named today to theKuntz Duq Athlon Sports 2016 FCS Preseason All-America Team.

In 2015, the 6-1, 220-pound Kuntz, led the nation in tackles for a loss in FCS with 26 for a total of 114 yards. Last season he was named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, a Walter Camp FCS All-America, an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) FCS All-Star, the ECAC FCS Defensive Player of the Year, an Athletics Directors Association (ADA) All-America, an Associated Press Second Team All-America, STATS FCS First Team All-America, College Sports Madness Third Team All-America, Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and NEC First Team All-Conference choice.

A two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week and the STATS FCS Defensive National Player of the Week on Nov. 23, he also led the Dukes with four interceptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns, 11 sacks for a loss of 70 yards, six pass breakups and six quarterback hurries. He finished the season third on the team with 72 total tackles (47 solo).


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)



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.