Alumni Update: Char Valley alumnus eager to play in familiar territory

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Joe Koch profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Sean Lapcevic, a wide receiver at Case Western Reserve.

"It might be a new conference for the Case Western Reserve University football team, but for Chartiers Valley High School graduate Sean Lapcevic, it will be business as usual as the Spartans begin dual membership in the Presidents Athletic Conference and the University Athletic Association along with fellow UAA member Carnegie Mellon.

The Spartans and the Tartans open the season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Cleveland in the 29th annual Academic Bowl. The Spartans also will continue to play UAA members Chicago and Washington University of St. Louis along with the Presidents Athletic Conference rivals. A year ago, Case Western defeated Carnegie Mellon, 35-32, at the Tartans' Gesling Stadium.

"I'm just going to continue to prove myself in every aspect of my game," said Lapcevic, an accounting major who will be a four-year starter. "I haven't set any specific personal goals. I'm just focused on winning games.""



Basketball: Chartiers Valley's McConnell works at craft

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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

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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

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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."