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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA Second Round Playoffs - Chartiers Valley vs. Beaver (March 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

North Allegheny is the venue, the event is the PIAA Second Round Playoffs, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  In the first game of the evening Beaver girls face Chartiers Valley.  Beaver was at a deficit with the loss of Lexi Posset, due to injury and Chartiers Valley was the victor, 47-29.

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

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Girls Basketball: Chartiers Valley ends season with valiant effort

Written by Joe Koch on .

Going into this past Saturday's PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game between Chartiers Valley and Blackhawk, Colts coach Ashley Battle wanted to see a game where her team gave maximum effort.

Taking the defending PIAA Class AAA champions and current WPIAL champions into overtime before falling 50-46 may have given Battle the answers she was looking for, although a win would have been even nicer.

"Leading into this game, we just wanted a really great effort from the girls," said Battle, who just completed her second year as the Colts' coach with a record of 22-6. "That's what we got. We knew that if we played well and gave a great effort, then we would put ourselves in a position to win."

Chartiers Valley trailed by as many as 10 points with 5:10 left in the third quarter. But the effort Battle was seeking was rewarded as the Colts went on a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 31-26 entering the fourth quarter.

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Swimming: Club coach sees Char Valley's Lohman as one of area's best ever

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the last dozen years. And those divers usually go through the Pitt Aquatic Club where husband/wife coach duo Julian and Doe Krug coach them. Two divers normally come to mind, first and foremost, Doe and Julian's daughter, Cassidy Krug, and Samantha Pickens.

Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and reach the Olympic Trials. Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman has national championship aspirations and Olympic aspirations of her own.

But first thing is first. Before she attempts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Lohman has her sights set on Bucknell, where she is a heavy favorite to cap off her high school career with another state crown.

Lohman has won four WPIAL diving championships. She is in the PIAA Class AAA diving championships this weekend seeking to win her third consecutive title.

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Swimming: Chartiers Valley diver building a legacy

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Chartiers Valley diver Maria Lohman.

"Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the past dozen years and those quality divers usually train at the Pitt Aquatic Club.

Two of those divers who normally come to mind, first and foremost, are Cassidy Krug and Samantha Pickens.

Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate and the daughter of Julian and Doe Krug, the club's head coaches, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and competed in the Olympic Trials."

 

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley's playoff run ends

Written by Brad Everett on .

Another journey to the PIAA title game seemed like it could be in store for the Chartiers Valley boys, who, just like in 2010, had a high-scoring McConnell brother lead the Colts to a WPIAL title his senior season.

The script ended a bit differently this time, though, with Chartiers Valley being eliminated from the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs by section rival Mt. Lebanon, 50-48, in a first-round game Saturday.

The Colts finished with a 26-4 record, making them the only WPIAL team to win at least 20 games each of the last nine seasons. Coach Tim McConnell's team boasts a 216-36 record during that time, making it to the WPIAL title game six times and winning two championships.

Matty McConnell concluded his career with 2,018 points. His brother, T.J, scored 2,406 in his career. No brothers in WPIAL history have combined to score as many points. Both won WPIAL championships and WPIAL scoring titles their senior seasons.