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Boys Lacrosse: Chartiers Valley to return 10 experienced players

Written by Joe Koch on .

With the sting of a 13-4 loss to Quaker Valley still fresh in their minds, the Chartiers Valley High boys lacrosse team has plenty to look forward to with 10 experienced players returning for the 2015 season.

Chartiers Valley coach Matt Gigliotti saw what he hopes his team will be able to achieve as his team faced a balanced offense that is long on talent and success.

"Quaker Valley has some fantastic players with a returning All-American coming back from last year on attack (Jimmy Perkins) and some other all-section players. I'm sure some of their other players also will receive all-section awards. Our game plan was to slow the ball down because we knew we couldn't run and gun with them. We wanted to possess the ball as long as possible and get them frustrated and score whenever we got opportunities."

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Girls Lacrosse: Fast start puts Chartiers Valley in semifinals

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Going into Thursday's quarterfinal game with The Ellis School, Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse coach Julie Gould wasn't sure if her team would execute the way she wanted the Colts to perform.

But any doubts she had evaporated after 25 minutes as the Colts held a six-goal lead and went on to win by a score of 14-4.

The Colts meet the winner of another first-round game between Blackhawk and Hempfield at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Hills High's Martorelli Stadium.

"It was warm, and we weren't getting the reps we needed leading up to the game," Gould said. "But all of our goals were assisted."

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Josh Lapiana, Chartiers Valley

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Name: Josh Lapiana
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: Lapiana has been the ace pitcher and driving force for a Chartiers Valley that recently wrapped up a section title and finished undefeated in section play after defeated McGuffey on Monday. Lapiana pitched the Colts to an outright section title in last Friday's 5-4, eight-inning win against South Fayette. Lapiana went the distance, allowing only six hits while striking out 11. Offensively, he added two hits and an RBI. Winners of 12 of their past 13 games, the Colts are 14-3 overall and 10-0 in Class AAA Section 3. Lapiana will pitch next season at the University of Akron.

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Baseball: Chartiers Valley claims Class AAA Section 3 title

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Drew Karpen profiles the Chartiers Valley baseball team.

2014 0501 ChartiersValley Baseball(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Dominic Castello slides safely into second ahead of the throw to Keystone Oaks' second baseman Ben Canti during their game at Chartiers Valley on April 19. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"The hardest part of piecing together a puzzle is the beginning.

It takes a lot of time and patience, especially starting from scratch.

It's no different for a baseball team.

For Chartiers Valley, coach Jim Jaskowski has been searching for the perfect pieces to the puzzle. The Colts began the season 1-2 but smoothed out the kinks in their lineup to the tune of a 12-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Class AAA Section 3. They have clinched at least a tie for the section title.

"Honestly, it was putting the pieces to the puzzle together," said Jaskowski, in his ninth season as the Colts coach. "Seeing who fits where. We experimented a lot and we just needed to gain experience.""

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Boys Tennis: Char Valley senior putting foes in a pickle

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Ryan Riordan profiles Chartiers Valley tennis player Kyle Hicken.

"During Kyle Hicken's first season of playing varsity tennis during his sophomore year, Chartiers Valley coach Diane Daeschner said he was a "pickleball player" on the tennis court.

But over the past three seasons, he's turned into the Colts top player and a WPIAL qualifier. But he learned a lot of his game by playing "pickleball," a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.

Hicken qualified for the WPIAL tournament for the second consecutive season by finishing second in the Class AAA Section 5 tournament earlier this month.

"[Pickleball] helps out his net game," Daeschner said. "Pickleball has a smaller court and you're working at the net a lot and it translates to the tennis court.""